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Established to meet the need for high quality legal advice and advocacy in Somerset and the West Country, Octagon Chambers has increased in size and legal practice to match the demand.

Nikki Coombe


Year of Call & Inn: 1994, Gray's Inn

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Exeter University
Professional Membership: Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association

Practice: Nikki Coombe has substantial experience, both prosecuting and defending, in the full range of criminal offences including rape and other serious sexual offences, offences of violence including attempted murder and manslaughter, the importation and supply of drugs, firearms offences and matters of dishonesty.

She is a CPS Grade 3 prosecutor and on the specialist Rape Panel. She has particular expertise dealing with vulnerable adult and child witnesses. She has also been instructed by the CPS Complex Crime Unit to prosecute complicated and multi-handed cases.

Nikki studied law at Exeter University, was called in to the Bar in 1994 and completed her pupillage at Pump Court Chambers in Winchester. She has since practiced criminal law in London and Oxford, before joining Octagon Chambers in 2015.

References from Defence instructing solicitors:

"Nikki was one of the most diligent barristers I had the opportunity of working with...I received a great deal of positive feedback from clients....She was well suited to represent all clients, regardless of their age or sex or the nature of the offence because she recognised and addressed the individual needs of each client at a very early stage. I would not hesitate to instruct her on future cases and would highly recommend her to other instructing solicitors."

"I have instructed Nikki as Defence Counsel for around 15 years. Nikki is known very much to fight for her client and has been well liked by all she has acted for. I have never received any criticism of her work. I would have no hesitation in instructing her in the future...She comes highly recommended."

Crown Prosecution Service Reference: "Mrs. Coombe is a highly efficient and effective advocate who produces work of an excellent standard. She has been regularly instructed in cases of increasing complexity over a number of years. Recent cases include a multi-handed fraud, a s.18 stabbing, a brothel keeping case, armed robberies of small shops and associated firearms offences. Mrs. Coombe has dealt with all of these cases competently and to the full satisfaction of those instructing her."

Cases of note:

R. v. A & Others: Successfully defended a young man on a conspiracy with 10 others to import and supply £7 million of heroin. One of only two defendants acquitted. Others received sentences exceeding 20 years imprisonment.

R. v. C: Sole Prosecution counsel in the trial of a man accused of attempted murder, using a car as a weapon. Defendant sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.

R. v D & Others: Successfully prosecuted multi-handed Complex Crime Unit case involving a conspiracy to target and rob or burgle the homes of around 20 elderly victims. One of the complainants died as a result of her injuries.

R. v. L & L : Sole Prosecution counsel in a case of a husband and wife running brothels in 6 towns, generating over £6 million profit over several years. Complicated POCA proceedings.

R. v. D: Defended a man accused of historic and recent indecent assaults on three step-children from two relationships. Joint trials, defendant acquitted in relation to two of the girls.

R. v. R: Successfully defended a vulnerable defendant accused raping an acquaintance.

Hobbies and Interests:
Running, tennis, reading and house renovation.

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