Nicholas Moss QC

Year of Call: 1995 / Year of Silk: 2021

nmoss@tgchambers.com


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Nicholas Moss QC

Experience

Nick 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 a wider administrative law practice including Coronial judicial review and 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. He sits as an Assistant Coroner.

Directories

“… an absolutely sensational cross-examiner: he comes across as mild-mannered but he can absolutely dismantle a witness.” “He is always a really good sounding board and in complex challenging cases where attention to detail is vital, he’s superb.” “Nicholas’ knowledge is fantastic and his advocacy is a dream to listen to. He’s the best of the best.” (Chambers and Partners 2021, Star individual junior for Inquests & Public Inquiries)

His attention to detail is great and he is always fully prepared and on top of the papers. Nicholas is also fantastic with witnesses and understands the importance of getting them prepared.” (Legal 500 2021, Band 1 junior)

“Exceptional junior … outstanding, immensely well prepared and hard as nails. …One of the best advocates I’ve seen on their feet. He’s unfailingly precise and polite and has perfect tone, manner and pace … Phenomenal – he’s extremely fair and balanced and has untold levels of energy.” (Chambers and Partners 2020, Star individual junior for Inquests & Public Inquiries)

“One of the very best in this area, as well as an outstanding lawyer, advocate and tactician.“
(Legal 500 2020, Band 1 junior)

“…extremely well prepared, hard-working and always on top of the papers … He is just superb.” (Chambers and Partners 2019, Band 1 junior for Inquests & Public Inquiries)

Appointments

Assistant Coroner for Cambridge and Peterborough

Attorney General’s Panel of Civil Advocates  (start 1999 – end 2021) (A Panel 2008 – 2021)

INFECTED BLOOD INQUIRY

Nicholas Moss (led by Eleanor Grey QC) is lead junior for the Department of Health and Social Care and former DHSC Ministers and Civil Servants in the large scale public inquiry into those infected and affected by contaminated blood and blood products.


Inquest into the death of Sean Benton (Deepcut Barracks)

Nicholas Moss, Emma Price and Matthew Waszak represented the Ministry of Defence in the fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks on 9 June 1995.

The nominated judge-coroner HH Peter Rook QC gave his findings of fact and conclusions on 18 July 2018, evidence having been heard from January to June 2018. The Coroner concluded that Sean’s death was a suicide. He found that Sean fired all the shots himself; no third party was involved.

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Inquest into the death of Pte Cheryl James (Deepcut Barracks)

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.

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Khalil Dale

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.


Jordan Begley

Police use of Taser.  Nicholas Moss was instructed on behalf of the Home Secretary.


Kesia Leatherbarrow

Death of 17 year old shortly after release from police custody and court on bail. Instructed on behalf of the CPS.


Stuart Baumber

Complex self-inflicted death in custody, article 2 inquest. Instructed on behalf of Sodexo Justice Services.


Colin Hatch

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 Anne-Marie Ellement

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.


The Detainee Inquiry

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.


Christopher Brown

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.


Dale Burns

Police use of Taser. Instructed on behalf of the Home Secretary.


The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

Representing a Minister and soldiers (anonymity applications) who were witnesses in the Inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland Solicitor, Rosemary Nelson.


The Billy Wright Inquiry

Representing individual Ministers and Civil Servants who were witnesses in the Inquiry into the murder of LVF prisoner Billy Wright at the Maze Prison.


The Nimrod Review

Representing RAF servicemen called to give evidence at the review.


The Baha Mousa Inquiry

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.


TGC Inquests and Inquiries Newsletter

18th March 2021

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.


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Two New Silks for TGC

17th December 2020

Temple Garden Chambers celebrates the elevation to Queen’s Counsel of James Arney and Nicholas Moss.

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Deepcut: Private Geoff Gray inquest conclusions delivered

20th June 2019

HH Peter Rook QC has today delivered detailed factual findings and a combined narrative and short form conclusion in the fresh inquest into the death of Pte Geoff Gray at Deepcut barracks on 17 September 2001. Nicholas Moss represented the Ministry of Defence and individual soldiers/civil servants, leading Richard Boyle (TGC), Georgina Wolfe and Cicely Hayward (5 Essex Court). The inquest sat for 28 days over 2½ months, and received evidence from 105 witnesses.

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Infected Blood Inquiry

1st May 2019

The Infected Blood Inquiry has begun its first evidence phase. Nicholas Moss and Emma Price represent the Department of Health and Social Care, along with Catherine Dobson, and are led by Eleanor Grey QC.

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Settlement of claim: Paul Gambaccini

6th November 2018

Nicholas Moss advised the Crown Prosecution Service in the settlement, reached without admission of liability, with the broadcaster Paul Gambaccini.


Conclusions in the Sean Benton (Deepcut) inquest

18th July 2018

The nominated judge-coroner HH Peter Rook QC today gave his findings of fact and conclusions in the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton, who died on 9 June 1995 at Deepcut barracks. Nicholas Moss, Emma Price and Matthew Waszak represented the Ministry of Defence.

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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.


TGC at the Provost Marshal (Army) Strategic Detention Seminar

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.

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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.


Cheryl James Inquest

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.

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