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Nick Doherty is knowledgeable, professional and above all a shooting man himself - Michael West, East Sussex
Miracles can and do happen, Nick Doherty is one such barrister. - John Corney, Dorset
A true professional with an human heart - Ivan H, International Shooting Coach
I am so impressed with your expertise in this field, it is beyond me, words can't explain how grateful I am. - West Midlands certificate holder
Nick is a fantastic Firearms lawyer and a superb trial advocate. - Andrew Broome, Consultant Solicitor, VHS Fletchers Solicitors
I have always been impressed with Nick's knowledge and understanding of firearms and the law. - Savvas Toufexis, RFD and Section 5 dealer
Probably the most knowledgeable specialist firearms Barrister in the country - The late Mike Wells, Secretary Sportsman's Association
l found his knowledge of Firearms law to be superb, and the way he handled my case faultless - Carl Roberts, North Wales
Nick Doherty has been the ‘go to’ lawyer for firearms cases for over thirty years - Richard Law, Secretary, Shooters' Rights Association

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Nick Doherty recently represented a certificate holder who had left a shotgun in his unlocked car outside his house awaiting the arival of a family member who wished to borrow the gun. An old friend came to the house to help with some mechanical work. He was there for a short period, did the work and then left. Unbeknown to the certificate holder the friend had removed the gun and some cartridges from the car. Unfortunately the following day the friend went to a secluded wood and took his life with the gun. The certificate holder and his family, who all knew the man well, were devastated.

Not susprisingly the police revoked the certificates on the basis that the holder had not taken ‘reasonable precautions’ for the safekeeping of the shotgun. As Nick pointed out to the court, when a gun is stolen it does not necessarily mean that the certificate holder had not been taking reasonable precautions. In this case the car was in a farmyard, within a few feet of the owner with a number of dogs present. No one who was not trusted could have gained access to the area. The court accepted  in this particular case that reasonable precautions had been taken by the certificate holder in the circumstances as he believed them to be and allowed his appeal against the revocation.

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This case is a salient reminder to all certificate holders that the loss of a firearm or shotgun, or Section 1 ammunition, is very likely to lead to the revocation of your certificates.