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Call: 1995

Giles Nelson

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Formerly at 5 Kings Bench Walk and St. John’s Chambers, Bristol; Giles Nelson joined Albion Chambers in October 2007. He is a specialist in criminal law and undertakes a full range of defence work and is a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor.

  • Crime

    Giles has a great deal of experience in dealing with serious criminal matters for both sides. He has particular experience in heavy drugs cases, cases involving allegations of grave crimes of violence, sexual violence (prosecuted and defended numerous rapes) and a broad range of offences of dishonesty, often with high values involved.

    He is also experienced in defending health and safety prosecutions.

    Cases of Interest include:

    • Defence of police officer charged with rape
    • Defence of former police officer charged with series of assaults by penetration
    • Defence of international sports star charged with section 18 wounding
    • Defence of managing director charged with sexual assault
    • Defence of gang member charged with involvement of the largest class A drugs seizure made in Gloucestershire
    • Defence of gang member charged with drug related armed kidnap and blackmail
    • Defence (Junior) police officer charged with series of rapes and sexual assaults
    • Defence (Junior) of barrister charged with corruption and perverting the course of justice
    • Defence (Junior) of man charged with murder in Cheltenham
    • Defence (Junior) of man charged with murder on the streets of Bristol
    • Defence in a six-week, multi-defendant case alleging the serial sexual abuse of children
    • Prosecution of schoolmaster charged with sexual offences against a pupil
    • Defence in multi-handed conspiracy to import very substantial quantities of cocaine from South America;
    • Defence in nationwide distribution of heroin
    • Defence of former Special Forces soldier facing allegations of blackmail to the value of £1.5million and involving an armed siege
    • Defence of a company arising out of a fatality of an employee at a farm
Giles Nelson


“Giles is a very experienced and affable barrister.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

“He has astonishing advocacy skills and a very profound emotional connection with his clients.”
Chambers and Partners 2022

Chambers and Partners 2018

“Has a diverse criminal defence offering that is supplemented by his work as a CPS Level 3 prosecutor. He is regularly instructed on matters spanning the breadth of criminal law including drugs offences, sexual violence and health and safety cases with a criminal element.”
Chambers and Partners 2017

Undertakes a wide range of criminal cases, from serious drugs offences to allegations of sexual violence. He also defends health and safety cases.
Recent work: “He is a strong cross-examiner.” “He is very good with clients, juries love him and he is very well respected by judges. He is also very user-friendly from a solicitor’s point of view.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“Handles a range of criminal cases for both prosecution and defence. His practice is notable for its breadth, covering areas ranging from serious violent and sexual crimes to drugs conspiracies.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“smooth and effective advocacy style
Chambers and Partners 2014

“noted for his prosecution and defence work”
Chambers and Partners 2013

“busy and able barrister who can be relied upon to do a good job”
Chambers and Partners 2012

“an experienced advocate who both prosecutes and defends.”
Chambers and Partners 2011

“He is proof positive that talent plus charm equals success.”
Chambers and Partners 2010


  • BSc (Bristol) dip. Law

Professional memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • South Eastern Circuit