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Nick Freeman's Biography

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For over 20 years Nick Freeman has been defending celebrities and others on charges of drink-driving or speeding.

His clients have included David Beckham, Shaun Ryder, Colin Montgomerie, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dean Gaffney, Wayne Rooney, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jeremy Clarkson, Steve McFadden, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Hughes, Ashley Ward, Caprice and Emma Parker Bowles.

Nick Freeman has been dubbed 'Mr Loophole' due to the nature of some of his successful defences on behalf of his clients.

Sir Alex Ferguson was cleared of driving on the hard shoulder when Freeman representing him put forward that he had been rushing to a lavatory.

Freeman defended Bury businessman Jon Bradshaw who was over four times the drink drive limit when police arrested him. However, he had been knocked unconscious after his accident and Freeman proved that he could not have given his consent for the blood sample, also Freeman argued that the officers had not seen his client behind the wheel.

A similar case of identity problems was Christopher Cropper, a police inspector, who walked free after the prosecution failed to prove that it was Cropper who had driven his car.

The Times cited several Freeman cases including: "John Marmelok, a millionaire who smashed into his neighbour's house, was cleared after an anaesthetist instead of a police surgeon drew blood from the comatose driver."

The Telegraph mentioned the case of "A police inspector's wife has been cleared of being drunk in charge of a car despite being found slumped unconscious in the driving seat with an empty half-litre bottle of vodka beside her."

Nick Freeman, who was born in Nottingham, went to the boarding school, Uppingham in Rutland; and studied law at Trent Polytechnic.

He won an advocacy competition for articled clerks in Nottingham and then worked as a prosecutor for Greater Manchester police until, in 1983, a solicitors firm in Manchester took him on and made him a full partner. he stayed there for 16 years before setting up his own practice.

Freeman now has a multi-million home near Knutsford in Cheshire and is himself keen on fast cars. He is married to Stephanie, who was a model.

In October 2006, Nick Freeman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice - as part of an investigation by Gwent police. Freeman was released on bail pending further inquiries.

In May 2007, however, Nick Freeman was released without charge.

In September 2007, Freeman represented Jeremy Clarkson, who was acquitted of a motoring offence.

In August 2009, Nick Freeman claimed that Essex Police kept his client Jermain Defoe in custody for several hours before releasing him and that Defoe was suing the police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

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