After beginning his career at the Crown Prosecution Service in the mid 1990s, Nigel has been at the independent Bar in Manchester for nearly 20 years now. He has mainly been prosecuting and defending criminal cases, particularly those involving sexual allegations and many about incidents that occurred a long time ago. He encourages the use of intermediaries to assist complainants and defendants whose issues with mental health would make a trial more of an ordeal, and has been involved in training barristers in new court techniques to help the vulnerable feel more at ease in court. In February 2018 he defended in a case where the both complainant and defendant benefited from help provided by intermediaries.

Nigel practised from St Buildings in Manchester for 19 years. On 6th January 2020 he begins a new chapter at Chambers across the road at 9 St John Street.