Complex Casework Unit

Address: City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1TL.

Types of cases referred to the South East Complex Casework Unit

All murder and manslaughter cases

Substantial fraud and money laundering

Serious drug offences

Human trafficking

Cross border crime

Cold case murders or rape

Serious sexual abuse

Fatal road traffic collisions

Major public disorder offences

Unusual aspects to the police investigation

Serious or complex misconduct by police officers

Sudden infant death

Major child abuse

Animal rights extremism

South East Complex Casework Unit

Nigel PilkingtonThis team is made up of specialist lawyers, paralegal officers and administrators who deal with the most serious of our cases across Kent,  Surrey and Sussex.

They work closely with the police to tackle organised and serious cross-border crime and to prosecute and disrupt criminal enterprises in the South East. Examples of their work can be seen on the right.

The South East team handles one of the largest volumes of complex cases in the country and they focus on reviewing cases, deciding on when and who to charge and then taking that case forward.

Nigel Pilkington (left) is the Head of the South East Complex Casework Unit, which has dealt with very high profile cases including the prosecution of the largest armed robbery in British history (the £53 million Tonbridge robbery) and the prosecution of Levi Bellfield for the murder of Milly Dowler.

Nigel was seconded to the Director of Public Prosecution's office from January to October 2012 to deal with Operation Weeting, the charging of editors and journalists of a former national newspaper in relation to allegations of phone hacking.

Nigel joined the Crown Prosecution Service in London in 1991. Between 1991 and 2006, Nigel prosecuted as a lawyer and was a lawyer manager across London before moving to Kent in 2006 and then to the South East in 2008.

Nigel was a lead trainer for the Human Rights Act on its introduction and, as a Higher Court Advocate, taught the higher rights advocacy course to Crown Prosecutors.