Abigail Nixon

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Judicial appointments


First Tier Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber


Practice details

Specialist criminal practitioner, joined Citadel in 2010 having previously practised at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham, and prior to that from Chambers in London. Instructed in a wide variety of serious criminal cases, predominantly on behalf of the defence, but also to prosecute. Appears throughout the Midland Circuit, although more regularly instructed in cases heard at Worcester and Hereford Crown Courts.       Experienced in dealing with all types of crime - homicide and serious non-fatal violence, child cruelty, robbery, allegations of rape and other serious sexual offences, conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, causing death by dangerous driving.  

Recent instructions have included :

  • junior Counsel representing one of two defendants charged with financially-motivated murder, body found in River Severn
  • junior Counsel representing principal defendant charged with murder by igniting petrol which had been thrown over the victim 
  • represented a father alleged to have 'shaken' his baby - long trial with exceptionally complex medical issues, 12 medical experts instructed in the case
  • represented a householder charged with murder when he confronted and stabbed a burglar - case ultimately resolved as manslaughter
  • various cases of causing death by dangerous driving
  • represented numerous defendants (in separate cases) charged in multi-handed conspiracies to supply controlled drugs, at trial and at the associated POCA hearings, with values involved up to £1 million
  • represented various defendants charged with rape and other sexual offences (current and historic cases)