John S Berry, Jr

Attorney John S. Berry Jr. helps his clients fight some of the most important battles of their lives. Not only has he led successful teams in the courtroom, resulting in several jury trial victories, but he has also led soldiers in deployments to Iraq and Bosnia. His warrior ethos has become the foundation for firm’s success. Beyond the battlefield and the courtroom, John’s leadership experience extends to local community and national organizations that protect our constitutional rights and our veterans.

Prior to joining the firm, John attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia(1993-1997), and Creighton University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2003. John is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia (2004) and the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2008).

John is past president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association and maintains an AV Preeminent Rating through Martindale Hubbell. He has been recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers’ 40 under 40. John has presented and lectured in the areas of criminal defense, trial skills, and veterans disability appeals.

After receiving his commission as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, John completed Airborne School and Ranger School. In 1999, while assigned to the First Cavalry Division, he deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge. John also served as a Company Commander in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and later as a Battalion Commander in the National Guard.

Practice Areas

– Sex crimes

– Drug crimes

– State and federal criminal defense

– White collar crime

– Interstate drug stops

– Veterans appeals

– Civil litigation

– Injury law

– Title IX defense for students and faculty


– J.D. cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska (2003)

– B.A., College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (1997)

– National Criminal Defense College at Mercer Law School, Macon, GA (2004)

– Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2008)

Bar Admissions

– Nebraska

– U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

– U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

– U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Honors and Awards

– AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell

– The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

– AVVO 10 out of 10 rating

– AVVO Client’s Choice Award 2016

– Excellence in Criminal Defense, Lawyers of Disctinction

– National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40

– Top 50 DUI Lawyer

– Lincoln Independent Business Association: Outstanding Young Professional Award 2013

– Army Meritorious Service Medal

– Army Commendation Medal (3)

– Lieutenant Colonel, Nebraska Army National Guard

– Parachutist Badge

– Ranger Tab

Professional Associations and Memberships

– Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, President 2014 – 2015

– National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Life Member

– Nebraska State Bar Association Military Law Section, Board Member 2012 – Present

– Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys

– National Organization of Veterans Advocates

– Lincoln Independent Business Association, Board Member, 2008 – Present

– Inns of Court, 2004 – 2010


Raúl Pardo-Geijo Ruiz

Raúl Pardo Geijo ha obtenido el quinto galardón al mejor abogado penalista de España. Ha vuelto a conseguir este año 2019 el galardón al mejor abogado penalista de España por quinto año consecutivo. El abogado penalista de Murcia firma por quinto año consecutivo otro premio nacional que le convierte oficialmente en el mejor abogado penalista de España y más relevante de su categoría, habiendo llegado a alcanzar un enorme nivel de popularidad gracias a la excelente labor realizada en todos los casos en los que ha participado. Este año ya alcanza la friolera de 6 galardones, la mayoría de ellos a nivel internacional (ej. Best Lawyers 2019, Criminal Defense) Su ejercicio y actividad como mejor abogado penalista de España se extiende por toda la Nación (también internacionalmente), pero su ejercicio como abogado penalista en Alicante, Madrid o Valencia es parte de su día a día. Su sede se halla en Murcia y desde allí coordina a todo su equipo jurídico que caso por caso siguen las directrices que este afamado penalista marca para resolver sus asuntos con el éxito que pretende. Para este abogado penalista de Murcia es algo habitual que sea premiado con distintos galardones y está acostumbrado conllevar este índice de popularidad. Sin ir más lejos, este mismo año 2019, forma parte del prestigioso ISDE y es reconocido por las instituciones internacionales The Lawyers Network o Advisory Excellence, algo que sólo los mejores abogados penalistas de España podrían lograr siendo el colofón el reciente galardón “Best Lawyers” (2019, Criminal Defense) otorgado por la editorial jurídica estadounidense más antigua y que, en exclusiva, lo ha recibido en materia de Derecho Penal en toda la Región de Murcia.

Recognized as one of the most important criminal lawyers in the national field and immersed in the most complex legal cases in the country, Master in Criminal Law and member of this Section in the Bar Association of Murcia, is currently director of the law firm Murcia Pardo Geijo, with almost half a century of tradition. He has been awarded on numerous occasions by prestigious legal institutions of outstanding notoriety for the relevance of his actions in the field of Criminal Law, with many other recognitions and scientific publications in this and other matters. Pardo Geijo Abogados is composed, in addition to criminal experts, of a group of lawyers involved in almost all legal disciplines that make up the rest of the Law (Civil, Commercial, Administrative, Penitentiary, Public and Private International), completing the team with professionals of other subjects that, in certain occasions, are of all necessary point in order to an adequate resolution of the judicial conflicts. Cases assumed in this last year as ‘Punic’, ‘Operation Ingots’, ‘Operation Sakura’ or some separate pieces of ‘Gürtel’ or ‘Malaya’, among many others of media notoriety (Mill, Limusa, Barraca, Novo Carthago, Cala Curtain, Umbra, Valley, Camelot, Liber, Library, Roblecillo, Canvas, Tosca, AVE (ADIF) fraud, Roundabouts, Wallace, Channel 9, Chase, Ninnete …) but also of private relevance, make it come back to the palestra for his status as a prestigious criminal lawyer, who does not exclusively develop his legal work in the Region of Murcia, but in such disparate areas of Spanish territory, practicing as a criminal lawyer in Alicante, Valencia, Castellón, Castilla-La Macha, Cádiz, Galicia or even Melilla, among many others.

Firm Overview:

Pardo Geijo Abogados is composed, in addition to criminal experts, of a group of lawyers involved in almost all legal disciplines that make up the rest of the Law (Civil, Commercial, Administrative, Penitentiary, Public and Private International), completing the team with professionals of other subjects that, in certain occasions, are of all necessary point in order to an adequate resolution of the judicial conflicts.

Calogero Boccadutri

Calogero Boccadutri is the Managing Partner of Boccadutri International Law Firm.Prior to becoming the Managing Partner of Boccadutri, he worked in the law firm of Prof. lawyer Giovanni Pitruzzella, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Palermo, dealing in depth with Administrative law and also with a special focus on public tenders for works, supplies and services, public contracts and public services, both in cases involving litigation and assistance and consulting.

He has trial experience in Forex, Personal Injury and Administrative and Insolvency litigation. Calogero has quickly established himself as one of the leading forex dispute resolution lawyer across the globe. His multi-jurisdictional experience combined with contractual related work means he is perfectly placed to assist with these types of issues.

Calogero specializes in complex, difficult, and substantial internet fraud cases and cases under anti-fraud laws for recovery of monies due to internet scam and Forex fraud.

Education & Court Admissions:

Calogero Boccadutri graduated from the University of Palermo with a First Class degree. He continued his studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.He is a member of the Italian Bar and member of the International Bar Association.He speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Leadership, Membership & Honors:

  • Italian Bar Association, Member;
  • International Bar Association, Member;

Boccadutri Studio Legale:

Boccadutri Law is a leading independent international law firm that is able to serve a world work network of clients with international lawyers located across the globe and offices in PalermoMilanRomeLondonBarcelonaNew YorkBucharestKrakowRosario and Rio de Janeiro.

Boccadutri is an Italian law firm that specialises in assisting international clients with legal matters in Italy. We are able to serve our clients in their native language and also have offices located across the globe that allow clients to meet our lawyers without having to travel to Italy.

Our international offices are located in Palermo, Milan, Rome, London, Barcelona, New York, Bucharest, Krakow, Rosario and Rio de Janeiro. We are also well placed in Italy to attend court hearings and other local matters with our offices in Milan (North) and Palermo (South).

Boccadutri specialises in a wide range of Italian matters such as personal injuryreal estate, civil law, forex, and administrative and criminal litigation matters. All our expert lawyers are fully qualified and specialists in their respective fields.

We understand that the number of multi-jurisdictional disputes and cross-border transactions is increasing all the time.
We also know how complicated dealing with these matters with lawyers from different countries can be.
For this reason, we have built a team of international lawyers located in different countries to allow clients to speak in their native language.

In our team of specialist lawyers, we have mother tongue speakers of English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Polish, Russian, Romanian and Turkish.

In addition to this, our commitment to offering our international clients exceptional assistance has helped us build solid working relationships with law firms in a further 20 countries. These contacts, accompanied by our existing global presence allow us to fully serve the international community for legal matters in Italy.

International clients choose to instruct Boccadutri for legal matters in Italy instead of law firms from their domestic countries that act as an intermediary. This enables matters to be resolved in a more time efficient matter and reduces costs for clients, as they do not need to pay for a domestic lawyer that will then instruct an Italian firm. Our international presence means that clients are able to directly instruct an Italian law firm from their countries without having to travel to Italy.

This worldwide presence is unrivalled among Italian Law firms and makes Boccadutri a leader in the international market.


Oliver Blunt QC

Oliver has been repeatedly listed for more than 10 years in the top category of leading silks in crime in both Chambers & Partners and in Legal 500. He was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards 2010 as Crime Silk of the Year, and was recently named Serious Crime Barrister of the Year in England in the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards.

In the last two years Oliver has successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor) and Brandon Malinksky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden Trials working with the Sun Newspaper. Also instructed on behalf of three other editor/ journalists whose cases were discontinued by the prosecution prior to trial.

He has twice been instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control in successfully resisting two appeals (Couch and Chisora).

According to successive Chambers and Partners Directories he has been described as “a first class silk for heavyweight criminal trials, such as murder and drugs cases”. “Always very good, so experienced and laid back”. (2015).

“First-rate”. His judgement is excellent and he has a very disarming court room manner”. (2014)

“Universally acclaimed” Oliver Blunt QC is described as “one of the Longstanding Leaders of the Bar”(2013) “a master tactician with an absolute command of the courts” with “a sense of panache and drama”. (2012) “supremely bright with a very good way with the jury and enviable cross examination skills” (2011) and “one of the hardest hitting silks at the Bar.  He is a real street fighter and gives great jury speeches” (2010), “tremendously effective and a real heavyweight in the courtroom” (2009), “frighteningly clever, a magnetic presence in court” (2008), “at ease with any case of whatever complexity or seriousness” (2007), “a leading figure, famed for never missing a trick when it comes to the crunch” (2006), ” a wise and silky smooth advocate, he continues to harvest some of the best work at the criminal bar.  Blessed with both suavity and a talent for getting on with all levels of society” (2005).

Oliver’s track record more than justifies the plaudits. Focused on murder, terrorism, fraud and drugs cases, his experience in violent crime in unsurpassed. Examples range from the trials of Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail and murder) and John Taft (the “Beauty in the bath” murder) to such high profile cases as the Syd Owen (“Ricky” from Eastenders) wounding trial and R v William Cockram and others, the Millennium Dome robbery. Oliver was also instructed in the high profile cases of R v Peter Tobin (murder dating back to 1991 linked to the Vicky Hamilton murder tried in 2006 in Scotland) and R v Iain Davis (double murder re-trial following House of Lords ruling on anonymous witnesses). He is regularly instructed in gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court.

Terrorism trials have formed a significant part of Oliver’s practice recently, with his involvement in R v Sharif, arising out of the 21/7 bombings. However, his terrorism experience goes back over several decades and includes IRA trials and appearances on behalf of the Iranian embassy and its consular staff. He is currently instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial due at the Central Criminal Court (2016).

Oliver’s experience in fraud and white collar crime includes a number of large and complex cases. These range from a £200 million shipping fraud, a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud, and money laundering cases, to an electoral fraud trial. Oliver also represented Devi Schahou in the much-publicised Goldman Sachs fraud trial. In 2009 Oliver secured the acquittal of the defendant Colwell in relation to the highly publicised Sayers conspiracies to commit large scale mortgage fraud in the North-East.

Oliver’s track record in the area of drugs crime is also extensive and impressive, and includes successfully defending the first defendant in an £150 million pound cocaine importation case. He represented the defendant Goren in a multi-million pound conspiracy to import heroin from Turkey.  He has appeared for the defendant Cornick in a case involving the importation of tonnes of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine into the UK. In 2014 he secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others at Kingston Crown Court.

His exclusively defence-based practice also includes high profile sexual offences for example, Richard Baker “the DJ rapist” and blackmail, for example the case of Amerdeep Johal, a serving police officer accused of blackmailing known sex offenders.

Oliver regularly appears in the list of highest earning criminal barristers.

Furnival Chambers:

Furnival Chambers was established in 1985 to deliver a comprehensive and specialist criminal law service for solicitors and lay clients. We are committed to ensuring that everything good in the traditional and independent bar thrives in a modern environment.


Rob Rode

Rob is a nationally and internationally recognized specialist criminal defence solicitor.  An acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor, he is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency. He is a Higher Court Advocate.

He represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation including FCPA. He has experience of dealing with prosecution authorities across a number of jurisdictions.

Rob undertakes fraud defence, regulatory defence,white collar defence involving cross-jurisdictional issues, defence of tax/VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”.

He has acted as defence solicitor successfully in numerous cases defending historic and present day sexual offence allegations.Cases of this nature may also involve allegations of neglect and he has acted for both individuals and organizations.

He also has a particular interest in defending allegations of serious violence and murder acting successfully as defence solicitor in multiple cases over his years of practice.

He is tactically astute and will ensure that when appropriate a pro-active defence is pursued in all cases.

Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined ABR Solicitors in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He was Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, and a member of SAHCA, CLSA  the International Criminal Bar ,the American Bar Association and a member of the Leeds criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.

He is Criminal Law Lawyer of the Year in England (International Advisory Experts Awards 2017)

 He is also UK-regional Criminal Defence lawyer of the year (ACQ5 Law Awards 2017)

He is ranked a leading figure by the legal 500 and Chambers and has  national and international recognition and awards in relation to his and the firm’s work.

They state that Rob Rode is called “a tour de force – an ambitious, energetic and thorough lawyer.” He is known for his work in the defence of business crime allegations. “He is a national figure, a leader in the field in Leeds and nationally. A power broker who is held in extremely high regard,” reports the Bar. ”He is remarkably hands on. He has a great presence in this area (crime and financial crime) according to sources who add that he thinks outside the box and always provides good service to his clients. He is extremely proactive”. “He is very talented and hardworking and always keeps his client’s best interests at heart “ “He is an extremely impressive and dynamic team leader who combines fearless tenacity with an exceptionally personable attitude”

The firm is ranked number one in Yorkshire and the Humber and number two nationally by the Legal 500 and Chambers. The team is described as “excellent”.

Criminal & Fraud Law:

We know that when your reputation, livelihood or liberty are on the line, you need a lawyer you trust to guide you through a process that can be bewildering and just plain frightening. Our specialist fraud defence and criminal defence team have immense experience of the criminal justice system in all its forms and at every level, and our team includes solicitors and solicitor advocates who can represent you every step of the way. 

Our fraud lawyers are experts in the defence of clients in prosecutions brought by all the prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Environment Agency, BIS (formerly the DTI) and the Crown Prosecution Service, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure that if a prosecution can be avoided it is avoided, and if it cannot, it is defended to the fullest rigour of the law. The firm is a member of the Legal Aid Agency Serious Fraud Panel. Public funding (legal aid) will be available where applicable for representation.

ABR Solicitors:

Sources regard the criminal law team here as a “key player “Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers.

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence and fraud defence lawyers.

ABR Solicitors are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients.


Jed Stone

Jed Stone is one of the nation’s leading criminal defense lawyers. He is known for vigorous, thorough and intelligent representation on behalf of his clients. Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Jed has also been distinguished as one of Illinois’ leading criminal defense lawyers. To be so honored, attorneys must receive multiple recommendations from their peers in a statewide survey conducted by the American Research Corporation. Thousands of Illinois lawyers were asked, “To whom would you refer criminal matters if a friend or family member were in need of representation?” Jed Stone is one of these peer-selected lawyers.

His other accomplishments and activities include:

  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Recognition in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Speaking before the Congressional Black Caucus on race and justice issues
  • Selected by his peers as a Leading Illinois Lawyer in Criminal Appellate Advocacy
  • Writing “Preserving The Record” Defending Illinois Criminal Cases; “A Lawyer’s Reflection On Death” The Chicago Bar Record, Chicago Bar Association, October 1992; and the revised Illinois Criminal Defense Motions, 1995
  • Serving as a faculty member of the National College of Criminal Defense at Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia
  • Teaching at the New York State Defender Institute
  • Teaching as an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University
  • Lecturer, Department of Politics, Lake Forest College


Phillip Gibson

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime.

Serious and Complex Crime

As a result of his experience and skill as a defence lawyer Phillip can manage and advise on the most complex cases. In the areas of traditional crime Phillip has acted in many large and serious drug matters including the largest ever importation of drugs in Australia, high profile murder trials and numerous complex fraud matters including international / transnational bribery.

Phillip specialises in the following types of cases:

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Serious fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Commercial and international drug supply
  • Drug importation
  • Murder
  • International / Transnational Crime

With the proliferation of e-commerce and the availability of the internet to communicate and transfer money around the world many criminal investigations now involve overseas law enforcement bodies and require an ability to work on an international scale. Phillip has advised on cases involving China, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. These cases often involve assets forfeiture and multiple jurisdictions. This work includes the following:

  • International money laundering
  • New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC)
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Independent Commission against Corruption
  • Royal Commissions
  • Transnational crime
  • Cyber crime
  • Extradition law
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters
  • National Security law
  • Proceeds of Crime law

Phillip appears in all courts in Australia and travels extensively outside Australia to facilitate the defence of his clients in international / transnational matters.


2016: Global Law Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis the leading white collar defence firm in   Australia. Global Law Experts (GLE) is the premier guide to leading attorneys throughout the world.

2016: Corporate Live Wire named Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading white collar defence firm in Australia

2016: Corporate Live Wire names Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading criminal defence firm in Australia

The Corporate Live Wire Legal awards honour and celebrate achievements within the Global Law community.

2016: International Advisory Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis as white collar criminal  lawyers of the year in Australia.

International Advisory Experts is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements

2016: Doyles Legal Guide named Phillip Gibson as a leading criminal defence lawyer

2016: Doyles Guide named Nyman Gibson Miralis as a leading criminal defence firm

Doyles is the most comprehensive guide to Australia’s best lawyers, law firms and barristers.

2016: the 11th Annual ACQ5 GLOBAL AWARDS named Phillip Gibson as Criminal Defence Lawyer Of The Year for Australia.


Pablo Hernández-Romo Valencia

The crimes we specialize in are so-called corporate or white collar crimes, which include fraud, criminal procedural fraud, extortion, abuse of trust, making false statements to the authorities, crimes against the administration of justice, socioeconomic crimes (tax-related and against intellectual and industrial property, etc.), crimes against public officials, stock market crimes, organized crime, concealment, transactions with illicit funds (money laundering) and environmental crimes.

We provide three types of services: consultancy in criminal matters, guidance for victims of crime and criminal defense.

Consultancy in Criminal Matters 

The crimes we specialize in are so-called corporate or white collar crimes, which include fraud, criminal procedural fraud, extortion, abuse of trust, making false statements to the authorities, crimes against the administration of justice, socioeconomic crimes (tax-related and against intellectual and industrial property, etc.), crimes against public officials, stock market crimes, organized crime, concealment, transactions with illicit funds (money laundering) and environmental crimes.

We provide consultancy services not only to individuals but also to any authorities that require them.

Guidance for Victims of Crime

When we provide victims with guidance, we perform all the necessary procedures to make sure the perpetrator who abused their rights does not go unpunished and repairs the damage. We also participate in every stage and procedure in which the victim has a right, action or motion.

Criminal defense

At the law firm PABLO HERNANDEZ-ROMO, HERNANDEZ ESTRADA & FLORES, we understand that the State is a giant against the accused, which is why our performance in criminal defense is characterized by excellence insofar as any right the accused has is enforced and respected throughout the process.

Our criminal defense service includes defending anyone who is under investigation, accused, processed or sentenced for the alleged perpetration of crimes, given that we have experience in the different phases of criminal procedure and processes. Our firm renders its services at different points of the criminal process in our country, including arrest – be it in flagrante or in an emergency – arraignment, stages of investigations, preliminary investigation, pre-trial, trial, arrest controls, intermediate stage, hearings – both oral and traditional -, appeals, challenges and relief proceedings. When it comes to our clients, our endeavor knows no bounds, extending even to implementing defense mechanisms with the international authorities.


Melron Nicol-Wilson

Melron Nicol-Wilson is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Founder and Managing Partner of Nicol-Wilson and Co (Malaika Chambers).

Mr Nicol-Wilson holds two specialised Master’s Degrees in Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law ( LL.M) from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom; a Master’s Degree in Law ( LL.M) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa; A Diploma from the University of Lund in Sweden; a Bachelors Degree in Law with Honours ( LL.B (Hons) and a Barrister-at-Law Degree ( BL) from the Sierra Leone Law School.

Since becoming a Lawyer in 1998 he has worked in several distinguished capacities including Defence Counsel and Case Manager at the internationalized Special Court for Sierra Leone (from May 2003-October 2007 and from July 2011 to September 2012 );Part Time Lecturer in Law at the University of Sierra Leone( from 2003- 2010 ); Legal Adviser to Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission; Founder and Director of the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance in Sierra Leone( the first Legal Aid Body in the Country); and Lecturer in Public Law at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Southern Africa.

Mr Nicol-Wilson has provided legal services for several companies, Governmental Departments, Non-Governmental organisations and individuals and have undertaken consultancies for several United Nations agencies ( including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), the British Council in Sierra Leone and a host of other bodies.

He is the Author of several Handbooks and Articles in several Law Journals including the 2007 African Human Rights Law Journal, the 2001 and the 2002 Australian International Law Journals.

He is a former Teaching Fellow at the prestigious Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School in the United States of America and a winner of the 2007 African Human Rights Lawyer Award from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Mr Nicol-Wilson now engages in general Legal Practice with a strong focus on all aspects of corporate and commercial legal practice, Civil Litigations, Arbitrations, Drafting of Legal Documents, Legal advice on the Laws of Sierra Leone, Solicitors work, Domestic and International Criminal Defence.

Nicol-Wilson and Co:

Nicol-Wilson and Co was established as a specialised Legal Consultancy and Legal Practice Firm. The Specialized work of the firm is in line with the experience and Academic qualifications of its members. Our commitment is to serve with excellence and professionalism.

The aim of the firm is to set new standards based on specialisation and effective delivery of services thus meeting the needs of its numerous clients and ensuring satisfaction.

Nicol-Wilson and Co does not engage in general Legal Practice. We operate on a narrow and specialised area of the Law dealing with Corporate and Commercial Legal Practice, publicly funded, private and contractual work in Sierra Leone and abroad, Solicitors Work, International and Domestic Criminal Defence, Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

Nicol-Wilson and Co prepare all forms of Legal Documents including Conveyances, Tenancy agreements, Lease Agreements, Wills and documents for the setting up of Companies, Partnerships and other Business Entities.

We specialise in Criminal Defense and Prosecution work and cover all areas of crime particularly serious crimes such as Economic Crimes, Political Crimes, Corruption Cases and Capital Offences.

Nicol-Wilson and Co undertakes Criminal Defence Representation at Trial and Appellate level throughout Sierra Leone in Magistrate Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

Nicol-Wilson and Co accepts briefs and instructions regardless of crimes alleged to have been committed and regardless of National, Social, Religious and Economic background and political affiliation.

Nicol-Wilson and Co has substantial experience in International Criminal Law and Procedure and some of its members  have appeared before the Special Court for Sierra Leone providing legal representation for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.

Nicol-Wilson and Co has right of audience in the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and other internationalized Criminal Tribunals and Courts.

We live in the age of rights and Nicol-Wilson and Co offers unrivalled expertise in Human Rights which is an integral part of our work. Members of the firm are involved in human rights litigation, Teaching and Research. We undertake Human Rights Advisory work for Governments, Public Authorities, and Public Institutions, Non-Governmental and inter-governmental groups.

The Firm consist of several experienced Lawyers/Attorneys/Advocates/Barristers and Legal Consultants of long standing and work on certain briefs with a firm of Attorneys in the United States of America and a Firm of Solicitors in the United Kingdom.


Vânia Costa Ramos

Vânia Costa Ramos is a managing partner at Carlos Pinto de Abreu e Associados – a medium-sized law office based in Lisbon, but acting all over Portugal, which was founded by Carlos Pinto de Abreu. This office offers its clients a specialised, dedicated and personalised team service, always supervised by a senior lawyer. The team has expertise in all Criminal Law areas, ranging from classical Criminal Law to White Collar Crime and extends to Regulatory punitive proceedings and to Disciplinary Proceedings. Vânia specializes in International and European and Economic Criminal Law and is responsible for the mutual cooperation cases. Her main working languages are Portuguese, English and German, as well as Spanish and French.

Vânia Costa Ramos has experience in international cooperation cases in criminal matters and a network with experienced criminal defence lawyers in other States, in particular within the European Union. If an individual or a company is facing criminal or regulatory proceedings in Portugal, it is of high importance to contact a defence lawyer immediately.

Portuguese Law allows every person to be accompanied and represented by a lawyer. It is of utmost importance to seek advice from a criminal lawyer at the earliest possible stage, also when considering establishing a business in order to assess consider all regulatory and criminal law implications. This office has furthermore experience in providing legal representation for crime victims who wish to take an active part in the criminal proceedings in Portugal, either as assistants to the prosecution or as civil claimants. This pro-activity is very important to defend these citizens’ rights, in particular in cases of a high-degree of complexity or of a transnational nature.

Vânia Costa Ramos concluded a Masters of Criminal Law in 2008, with a thesis on “Ne bis in idem and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – a fundamental principle of EU law?” and has published articles on various aspects of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law (right to silence and seizure of electronic mail, among others) in Portuguese law journals and has guest-lectured in post-graduate courses in the area. In 2008 she started to lecture at the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, where she has been admitted as PhD student with the Thesis “evidence exchange in the European Union – an European theory on exclusion of evidence in criminal procedure”.

Vânia Costa Ramos has been awarded Scholarships to undertake work as guest-researcher at the Institute for Criminology and Economic Criminal Law and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany; and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Criminal Bar Association, as well as a Member of Fair Trials International Legal Experts Advisory Panel.