AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Nick became a tenant at Kings Chambers in September 2020 after completing pupillage under the supervision of Andrew Latimer and Eleanor Temple. Nick accepts instructions in all areas practised by the Business and Property team.
Under the supervision of Andrew Latimer, Nick gained experience in all aspects of commercial and chancery work, with an emphasis on commercial dispute resolution, company and property matters. In his second six and under the supervision of Eleanor Temple he gained particular experience in insolvency, banking and finance.
Prior to coming to the bar Nick qualified as a chartered accountant in the corporate tax team at one of the ‘Big 4’ firms, which provides a useful background when dealing with matters with an accounting, financial or tax aspect.
Year of Call: 2019
Nick’s prior experience as a chartered accountant has provided him with a useful background relevant to all aspects of banking and finance.
During pupillage, Nick observed and assisted with many common banking and finance matters, such as consumer credit act claims including the ‘unfair relationship’ provisions.
Nick is currently instructed as a junior (led by Mark Harper QC) in a case brought against a major bank for mis-sold PPI claims.
During pupillage, Nick gained significant experience of shareholder disputes, including unfair prejudice petitions, derivative actions and winding up on the just and equitable ground.
Nick has experience of drafting pleadings and advising on unfair prejudice petitions, including where breaches of directors’ duties are alleged. Nick also has experience of advising on potential claims for breach of confidence.
In addition, Nick has experience of common Companies Act applications in the Business and Property courts, including applications for rectification of the register, replacement of charges and extensions of time to deliver charges to the Registrar.
Commercial disputes form the core of Nick’s practice. He is experienced in all aspects of contractual disputes, including debt recovery, sale and supply of goods and services, consumer credit finance, factoring and insurance claims. As a pupil with Andrew Latimer, Nick gained particular experience of high-value breach of warranty and post-completion SPA claims
Nick regularly represents clients in court proceedings, including small claims trials, fast-track trials and common applications such as applications to set aside default judgment. Nick also commonly represents clients at procedural hearings, such as directions hearings and CCMCs involving issues under the disclosure pilot.
Nick has advised on all aspects of civil procedure, including issues relating to service out of the jurisdiction.
Nick has broad experience of corporate and personal insolvency, including compulsory liquidations, voluntary liquidations, administrations and bankruptcy proceedings.
Nick regularly appears in the winding up lists, including in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle in London.
Nick has experience of common High Court applications list matters, including administration extensions, validation orders, orders for examination and discharges of administrations.
As a second six pupil with Eleanor Temple, Nick assisted in a four day remote trial in relation to a misfeasance action brought by a liquidator against two directors involving a complex international corporate structure.
Nick has drafted applications, witness statements and advised generally in support of various insolvency and bankruptcy related applications including more recently strategy for issuing winding up petitions under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
Nick’s background as an accountant and tax advisor has given him a particular interest in, and insight into, professional negligence claims. Recently Nick utilised his experience to advise on and settle draft pleadings for proceedings against a firm of tax advisors and auditors.
During pupillage Nick drafted pleadings against a firm of solicitors involving a failure to provide tax advice.
During pupillage Nick gained a broad experience of proceedings regarding commercial and residential property, including possession proceedings for both mortgage and tenancies, trusts of land, restrictive covenants, and dilapidations
Nick has also gained particular experience of acting in and advising on proceedings regarding easements, forfeiture, boundary disputes, freehold valuation disputes and possession proceedings for residential tenancies and by mortgagees.
During pupillage Nick observed a remitted arbitration under FA Rule K. Nick has an ongoing interest in sports disputes.
Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School (2018-2019) 1st in year.
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School (2017-2018). Distinction, 1st in year.
MSci, MA (Cantab), Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (2009-2013). Double First.
Chartered Accountant (CA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
North Eastern Circuit Prize for the highest mark on the BPTC (2019)
Park Square Chambers prize for highest mark in Civil Litigation (2019)
Kings Chambers prize for the highest mark in Company Law (2019)
DWF Prize for highest mark on the GDL (2018)
Plexus Law Prize for the highest mark in Tort Law (2018)
Advocacy, Excellence and Regional Centre Scholarships, BPP Law School (2018)
Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2017, 2018)
Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple (2018)
Samuel Taylor Scholarship, Sidney Sussex College (2012, 2013)
Tripos Scholar of Sidney Sussex College
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
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