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Nikolich & Carter Solicitors

Firm: Nikolich & Carter Solicitors

Postal address: Suite 602, 6th Floor, Sunlight House, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3JZ (Map)

Telephone: 0161 831 7044


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About: Nikolich & Carter solicitors are a highly respected and forward thinking Manchester firm of criminal defence solicitors offering a specialist criminal defence service. Our law firm deals with all criminal cases, specialising in the most serious general crime cases as well as matters relating to business crime. They are members of the Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) panel which recognises their skill and expertise in the most serious criminal defence cases. Membership of the panel means that their criminal defence solicitors are able to undertake serious crime legal aid cases dealing with clients nationwide who seek solicitors with a high level of expertise and professionalism. Their solicitors are known and respected for the quality of their defence work in the police station, Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. Nikolich and Carter have acted for both business and individual clients and have made their mark in a number of high profile cases, in particular VAT Fraud including ‘Operation Emmersed’ where they obtained an acquittal for their client.

Specialisms: Police station advice and attendance 24 hrs a day/7 days a week, Magistrates’ Court Representation, Crown Court Representation, Fraud Investigations and Proceedings, Serious Crime Investigations and Proceedings.

Memorable cases: Gangland Murder
Nikolich & Carter were sought specifically to represent the defendant in this case and as such we were instructed to appear for one of the main defendants in arguably the most prolific “gang” trial ever to be brought by Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service in what was ultimately described as the case which brought an end to the “Gunchester” era in the North West.

The defendant was alleged to be part of a 12 man gang from the infamous “Gooch” gang who took part in “a wild west shoot out” at the funeral of an alleged rival gang member. He faced various charges including murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, as well as possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

The case ran for almost 6 months at Liverpool Crown Court and included “supergrass” witnesses, numerous witnesses giving evidence from behind screens and others via video link to the court. Nicola Carter and Gareth Martin instructed Nick Clarke QC (9 St John St Chambers) and Katherine Pierpoint (Lincoln House Chambers); the client stated throughout that he had complete confidence in his defence team.
The Captain & the Cook
Nikolich & Carter represented two defendants in this lengthy trial at Winchester Crown Court which related to the importation of £36m worth of cannabis. The Serbian defendants, were the ‘Captain’ and the ‘Cook’ of the tugboat Abbira and were arrested after arriving into Portsmouth on their tugboat. Sixteen tonnes of cannabis was found stored in the ballast and water tanks of the boat.

The defendants included nationals from the UK, Israel, Serbia and Ukraine; the case which was prosecuted by the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, contained over 5,000 pages of evidence, including material from Israel, the USA and Holland. This was an operation which involved multi national Police assistance and a lengthy trial took place with multiple translations and complex arguments.
Senior solicitors: Steve Nikolich
Steve has over 20 years experience in criminal law and has worked for some of the most well known firms in the country. In addition to his wealth of experience in dealing with serious criminal matters, Steve is a specialist lawyer in the area of business crime. He is a superb advocate enabling him to represent clients in the Crown Court where his professionalism and passion can be seen to shine through.

Nicola Carter
Nicola Carter has considerable experience in the field of serious crime and particular experience in murder and drugs cases. Nicola′s speciality lies in the defence of fraud in which hundreds of millions of pounds worth of alleged fraudulent activity must be meticulously considered and interpreted. Nicola is at her best when pitched against the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs or the Serious & Organised Crime Agency and she is always willing and ready to fight her clients′ cases.

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