Nick Freeman gained fame as ‘Mr Loophole’, defending a list of clients that included a string of celebrities on road traffic charges. Since then he’s set up a company to provide his style of high-quality legal defence to the masses, written a book on the ‘art of the loophole’ and become probably the most well-known lawyer in the land. Not bad for someone that categorically didn’t want to do advocacy when he started out. Real World met up with Nick in his offices in Manchester, where he revealed how the legal profession is changing and whether a good lawyer should defend a guilty man.
WHAT FIRST INTERESTED YOU IN THE LAW?
The actual truth is, when I was about seven, I was walking back from Sunday school with my old man and he asked me what I was going to do when I left school. I said to him, thinking quite quickly because he was being serious, “what earns the most money, dad?” and he said, “well lawyers earn over £4,000 a year” and I thought right, that sounds a lot, so I thought I’d be a lawyer.
My next question was “what exactly do lawyers do?” and he then went on to say, “lawyers argue for a living” and I thought fine, I’ll be a lawyer. And that’s what initially started me off. I’d always enjoyed arguing, not in an aggressive or unpleasant way but I would have opinions about many things and I always liked to look at the other side of the coin.
The world is about people and it’s incredible the good things and bad things that people do. Why would somebody risk ten years in prison for his cut of a thousand quid. Why would you do that? It’s not good but it’s interesting. And it’s more interesting to me than auditing a company’s accounts or selling baked beans or something like that. I just find human beings fascinating.