Nadine Radford QC

1974 (1995)

Nadine Radford QC (1995) has specialised in practise of criminal law throughout her professional life. She has extensive experience in defending in the most serious criminal offences.

The Legal 500 has said of Nadine "...a powerful advocate with a reputation for cutting through papers to the crucial issues".

A professional client recently said " authoritative presence in court with full command of all the facts down to the finest detail, based upon thorough preparation".

Nadine is ranked in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 where it says...'She prosecutes and defends in serious cases'.

In the 2019 edition it quotes...'Her examination of witnesses and closing speeches are always compelling'.

Areas of Nadine's expertise along with case examples can be found below:


Kurdish Terrorism trial involving planting bombs in UK banks.

Representing a defendant in the Afghan Hijacking Case at Stansted Airport

Representing the defendant in the first terrorism trial under the newly drafted legislation for having articles for use in terrorism - acquitted on a submission

Representing the principal defendant in the "Heathrow Airport Terrorism Trials"

Murder/Manslaughter/Firearms and Serious Assaults

Murder covering the full range of homicide offences including the following "non-standard" cases.

Woman who murdered her husband by poisoning

Man in his 80's who killed his wife who was suffering from dementia

Husband who killed his wife and took her body out of the jurisdiction

Representing a defendant in the "Honour Killing" of Banaz Mahmod

Multi-jurisdictional arguments involving letters of request and Home Office involvement in bringing a defendant back to the UK following the discovery of a body in the suitcase at Heathrow Airport.

Representing the defendant dubbed the first "Good Samaritan Killing" in Manchester

Multi-defendant "gang" killings in Islington and Ealing

Drive-by shooting in Hackney

Moss Side gangs shooting in Manchester


Russian money laundering case. The first time the FBI and CIA cooperated with the UK authorities

Gold bullion VAT fraud

MTIC frauds

Diversion frauds

Largest "Ghost Brokering" motor insurance fraud

Immigration fraud involving obtaining false CTD documents from a corrupt Home Office official which then allowed illegal immigrants to obtain National Insurance documents and then employment in the UK

Hell's Angels "Q" car parts fraud

Child Cases

Nadine defended Louise Sullivan in the "Australian Nanny Case" involving shaking a baby to death

A premier child cruelty case in Bristol involving issues arising from the Family Division of the High Court.

The above cases involved extensive knowledge of medical evidence in various specialities and consequential questioning of internationally renowned medical experts

Sexual Offences

Nadine defends in all types of sexual offences including large scale historic sexual abuse cases. Nadine has also defended a woman charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice following false allegations of rape against three men

Indecent images cases involving multi-jurisdictional issues and computer expertise

Represented an Officer serving in the British Army (AT) charged with rape. Although the police had seized the CCTV from the club, the police had not viewed it nor had the CPS. As an example of thorough preparation, Nadine insisted on viewing the CCTV that demonstrated that the complainant had lied on a number of key issues. The first time the police, CPS and the complainant saw the CCTV was in Court when the complainant was being cross examined. The defendant was acquitted and returned to serve in Iraq.


R v Kanaris (House of Lords) - interaction of the CTL's and Preparatory Hearings

Representing the "Mardi Gra" bomber (sic) who attempted to blackmail Barclays Bank and Sainsburys to pay out on blackmail threats

Represented a former police officer involved in the Matthew Mellon computer hacking cases

Threats to kill in a "difficult" matrimonial case

Appellate Work

Nadine is regularly instructed in cases in the Court of Appeal, particularly advising on fresh evidence. She is currently preparing a case for the Court of Appeal in relation to the need for an intermediary in a case following the removal of a brain tumour with consequential frontal lobe damage.




Queens Counsel 1995
Bencher Lincoln's Inn 1999

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Lincoln's Inn
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

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