Nick Moss is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in public inquiries and inquests, in particular those involving government departments, prisons, the military, and police use of force. This work dovetails with his wider administrative law practice including national security work. He has appeared in many high profile inquests and in many of the large public inquiries over recent years. He has experience as both Counsel to the Inquiry / Inquest and in representing interested persons and parties.
Nick has been a member of the Attorney General’s panel of civil advocates for over fifteen years. He was first appointed to the A Panel in 2008 and was re-appointed as an A panellist in 2015.
Nick has appeared in seven major public inquiries or reviews. He was first junior counsel to two major inquiries, the Detainee Inquiry and the Baha Mousa Inquiry. Before that, he was counsel for RAF personnel in the Nimrod Review. He also appeared in the Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright Inquiries (for the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, amongst others), for soldiers and civil servants in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, and for Department of Health ministers and officials in the BSE Inquiry. He also accepts instructions in ad-hoc investigations including serious near-death incidents.
As an inquest specialist, he is currently instructed by MOD in the further inquest into the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks. He is also instructed in the inquest into the death of Gavin Williams, a case involving “beasting” and heatstroke. He was Counsel to the Inquest into the death of Khalil Dale (killing of Red Cross worker in Pakistan). Recent cases also include the death of Cpl Ellement (complaint of rape and bullying in the RMP); Flt Lt Cunningham (the Red Arrows fatal ejection seat accident); inquests involving police use of Taser (the separate inquests of Jordan Begley and Dale Burns, both representing the Home Secretary). He appeared for the MOJ in the inquest into the death of Colin Hatch (unlawful killing in hostage situation by another prisoner) and has been instructed for both public sector and private sector prisons in numerous deaths in prison custody. His work includes advisory work on behalf of coroners and coronial judicial reviews. He has been instructed over a number of years in numerous inquests relating to military deaths on operations and in accidents, including aviation accidents.
Alongside this work, Nick has a busy administrative law practice including national security work. Illustrative cases are provided in the notable case section below. He is particularly experienced in dealing with public law consultation exercises and discrimination claims.
Nick further works in the fields of employment law and personal injury, in which he represents both claimants and defendants.
“He has a smooth and attractive court manner, is enormously well prepared and is reliable.” “He’s very bright, hard-working, measured and fair.” (Chambers and Partners 2016)
‘An outstanding lawyer, an excellent cross-examiner and a very fine tactician.’ (Legal 500, 2016)
Attorney General Panel
Appointed to A panel
Nicholas Moss (who did not appear in the original inquest hearings) represented both the Ministry of Defence and Lance Corporal of Horse Kelly in the resumed inquest into the death of LCpl Brynin, who died in October 2013 on active service in Afghanistan.
Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) represented the Ministry of Defence and two individual servicemen in the further inquest into the death of Cheryl James. Ms James was the second of four trainees to die at Deepcut in the period 1995-2002. The first inquest was quashed on grounds of insufficiency of inquiry.
Discrimination claim in relation to British Locally Engaged Staff / Interpreters in Afghanistan.
Representing the Ministry of Defence in the inquest into the death of a soldier.
Nicholas Moss was Counsel to the Inquest into the death of Khalil Dale, an International Committee of the Red Cross work who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan.
Judicial Review. Effectiveness of further consultation exercise. Personal Independence Payments replacing DLA.
Police use of Taser. Nicholas Moss was instructed on behalf of the Home Secretary.
Declarations of unlawfulness made in relation to delays in the processing of claims for personal independence payments. Associated human rights claims dismissed. David Barr QC and Nicholas Moss appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State.
Nicholas Moss represented the Lord Chancellor in the challenge to the legality of his decision on the number of contracts for criminal legal aid duty provider work.
Death of 17 year old shortly after release from police custody and court on bail. Instructed on behalf of the CPS.
Complex self-inflicted death in custody, article 2 inquest. Instructed on behalf of Sodexo Justice Services.
Whether urgent injunction seeking secure accommodation appropriate in case of asserted Afghan intelligence agents.
Inquest into the death of a sexual offender in a vulnerable prisoner unit of a Category A prison who was taken hostage and suffocated by another prisoner. Instructed on behalf of NOMS.
Inquest into the death of a Royal Military Police Corporal found hanging at her barracks. Allegations of bullying and overworking explored. Salisbury Coroners Court. Instructed by GLD for a number of service personnel. February 2014.
Inquest into death of Red Arrows pilot, Flt Lt Cunningham; accidental ejection from his Red Arrows jet.
Counsel to the inquiry chaired by Sir Peter Gibson investigating allegations of collusion in the mistreatment and rendition of detainees, particularly British detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Represented NOMS in the inquest into the death of Raoul Moat’s first victim who was shot shortly after Moat’s release from prison. Instructed on behalf of NOMS.
Police use of Taser. Instructed on behalf of the Home Secretary.
First Junior Counsel to the Inquiry.
Representing a Minister and soldiers (anonymity applications) who were witnesses in the Inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland Solicitor, Rosemary Nelson.
Representing individual Ministers and Civil Servants who were witnesses in the Inquiry into the murder of LVF prisoner Billy Wright at the Maze Prison.
First Junior Counsel for one of the teams of soldiers and for various government officials.
Representing RAF servicemen called to give evidence at the review.
Disclosure of closed material in control order cases, Art. 6 requirements.
Major statutory public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian and the mistreatment of others by British soldiers in Iraq. Emma Price was instructed as support counsel providing assistance to the lead and junior counsel to the Inquiry, Gerard Elias QC, Nicholas Moss and Patrick Halliday.
House of Lords. Derogation from human rights obligations, allowing detention of non-national suspected international terrorists
Fresh Inquest into the death of Sean Benton
26th January 2018
The fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut Barracks on 9 June 1995, was resumed on 24 January 2018. Nicholas Moss, Emma Price and Matthew Waszak represent the Ministry of Defence. The evidence is expected to be heard between 24 January 2018 and the end of March 2018.
19th September 2017
For the last four years, Chambers has provided a speaker for the PM(A) Strategic Detention Seminar, the Army’s course for detention specialists at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding. This week Nicholas Moss is again an invited speaker, providing a lecture on how the Baha Mousa Inquiry has helped shape Army Detention Policy.
8th May 2017
Nicholas Moss was a guest speaker at the 11th Annual Conference of The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians
Nicholas Moss appointed as Assistant Coroner
1st March 2017
TGC is delighted to announce that Nicholas Moss has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Cambridge and Peterborough, under the Senior Coroner David Heming. The post is a part time appointment and Nick continues his full practice in Chambers including in inquests and inquiries.
3rd June 2016
Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) acted for the Ministry of Defence and two individual soldiers in the fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James, who died at Deepcut Barracks on 27 November 1995.
9th May 2016
The Court of Appeal today dismissed appeals by two interpreters formerly employed by the British Government in Afghanistan. Nicholas Moss led by Jonathan Swift QC (11KBW) acted for the MOD.
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8th January 2016
Nicholas Moss and William Irwin represent the Ministry of Defence in the inquest into the death of Private Gavin Williams. Sian Reeves represents a significant witness.
4th November 2015
Nicholas Moss and William Irwin are representing the Ministry of Defence