ABOUT NICK FREEMAN
Nick Freeman is Britain’s highest profile lawyer. He has won more cases and attracts more media attention than any other lawyer practising in the UK today.
Baptised Mr Loophole’ by the Press, Nick, a criminal defence lawyer, earned his nickname for his success in using legal technicalities to get his clients acquitted. (In fact he was forced to trademark Mr Loophole in 2008 to prevent others cashing in on both his name and unprecedented success.)
The founder of Manchester based legal practice Freeman & Co, Nick’s roll call of stellar clients ranges from actors and sporting heroes to pop stars and captains of industry. They include Jimmy Carr, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Born in Nottingham in 1956, Nick attended Uppingham School in Rutland and went on to study law at Trent Polytechnic and at the College of Law in Chester.
On graduation he became an articled clerk in Nottingham and had intended to pursue a career in corporate law. However after being entered for and winning an advocacy competition, he took a job as a prosecutor for Greater Manchester Police in 1981. It was at that stage that he realised the huge benefit of knowing the law intricately to secure success in the courtroom – the precursor to his Mr Loophole technique.
In 1983, he moved to a firm of criminal lawyers in Manchester and was made a partner within six months. At the age of 42, after 16 years with the firm, he left to establish Freeman and Co.
Based in Cheshire, Nick, who has two children, is much in demand as a legal commentator in newspapers and on radio and television. He also has a regular magazine column. His first book, The Art of the Loophole: Making the Law Work for You was published by Hodder & Stoughton.
Nick supports a number of charitable causes. He is a VIP supporter of Parkinson’s UK , recently raising over £60,000 for the charity through a sponsored 60 mile walk. He is also a patron of the Holocaust memorial charity Yom Hashoah Manchester .
Away from work, his hobbies include golf, country walking and anything to do with cars – and of course Staffys.
Asked for the key to his success, Nick says it boils down to “ meticulous preparation and a flair for spotting the killer argument – and loophole.” And of course loving the job and finding the loophole .
It’s a technique, he adds, which serves him well in many other areas of life – not least looking after his Staffy.