Nathaniel Wade


Called : 2009


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Nathaniel Wade is a criminal and public law barrister. He principally defends in cases involving serious fraud and money laundering, drugs, firearms and violent offending. He has a busy regulatory practice defending at first instance in on appeal in the High Court, his particular interest is in local authority prosecutions and the rights of vulnerable individuals and communities. Additionally, Nathaniel defends in extradition proceedings where he has taken cases from both category 1 (EAW) and category 2 countries, at first instance and on appeal.

Nathaniel’s human rights practice also spans criminal and civil law: he has appealed on the basis of Convention Rights and also succeeded in judicial review proceedings and civil actions against police, prisons and public authorities and extradition appeals where Articles 8 (family and private life), 6 (fair trial), 5 (liberty) and 3 (torture) have been at stake.

Nathaniel’s varied practice is built on wide-ranging academic and professional careers prior to his call to the bar. After obtaining a distinction in his MA from KCL, writing on international relations and political philosophy, he wrote published articles on the objectives, institutions and statutory basis of the international institutional order (UN, ICC, EU). His employment has taken him from international campaigns on human rights (Article 19) to researching the work of the Joint Committee On Human Rights for an MP in Westminster. Immediately prior to his call, he adjudicated on investment complaints (mis-selling) for the Financial Ombudsman Service and worked for an international shipping and insurance solicitor. During his practice he has continued to seek experience working at the SFO and undertaking a variety of pro bono work.

Nathaniel counts himself unlucky not to have made it as a professional footballer; professional football counts itself lucky. Notwithstanding this disappointment, Nathaniel is heedlessly enthusiastic about almost all sports and Oxford United FC in particular.


A v LBR - Appeal concerning rights of vulnerable individuals in London.

B v R - CA appeal on joint enterprise post-Jogee

L v CPS - High Court appeal concerning the familiar charge of a young person as an accessory to a street robbery. Conviction quashed.

K v CPS - Stated case concerning the extent of police powers to remove children.

R v MA (Wood Green) - Acquitted of aggravated burglary in an identification trial involving two positive identifications, a recognition and corroborating phone and bank account evidence.

R v JB (Maidstone) - Counts of possession with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

R v AC (Isleworth) - Represented young person of good character charged with firearms offence. Argued dismissal on legal point concerning possession. Charge ultimately dropped.

R v JR (Isleworth) - Represented man of good character charged with theft. Argued for a stay on the basis of entrapment and secured acquittal.

R v B (Kingston) - Secured acquittal for man accused by numerous local residents of 3 year campaign of harassment.

R v LP (Harrow) - Domestic GBH, acquitted.

R v UM - (Newcastle) Charge of kidnap resisted in case concerning abduction and ABH of a youth.

L v Enfield BC - Emergency injunction obtained in a case bridging public law, prison law, community care and housing.

AA v SoS Justice - Judicial review concerning Article 5 ECHR.

LB v Parole Board - Judicial review concerning Article 5 ECHR

KB v Police - Judicial review concerning Article 8 ECHR and pre-charge bail.

CB v Police - Civil action alleging breach of Article 3 ECHR ultimately settled in claimant’s favour.

D v SoS Home Dept. - Appeal to CA on Article 6 ECHR concerning fine imposed under the Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2006


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