Nathan joined chambers in April 2008 and practises in all areas of commercial dispute resolution and business and property law, with a particular emphasis on real property, insolvency, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and probate.
Nathan regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts and the County Court for banks, institutional clients, companies of all sizes and individuals. Nathan also frequently appears in the First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber.
Nathan approaches every instruction with the of the aims and objectives of his clients in mind and understands the need to provide clear and comprehensive advice to enable his clients to effectively navigate through litigation.
Year of Call: 2007
Areas of Expertise
Nathan regularly advises and appears in claims related to mortgages, mortgage fraud, loans, guarantees and other financial disputes. Nathan frequently appears on behalf of major banks, smaller lenders and companies, and individuals.
Nathan has dealt with numerous cases involving mortgage fraud and also fraud in the context of property purchases.
In 2015, Nathan is delivering a series of seminars on mortgage fraud, the alternative causes of action available when a signature on a mortgage deed is challenged, and claims for an indemnity against the Land Registrar.
Nathan has experience of dealing with a wide variety of commercial litigation including: contract disputes, arbitrations, injunctions, debt and guarantee claims, sale of goods act claims and unfair terms and relationships.
- (2019) Appearing for the claimants in a commercial arbitration following the termination of an agency agreement;
- (2019) Applying for a variation to a freezing injunction to increase the amount the applicants could use to fund their legal expenses;
- (2019) Acting on behalf of a Cypriot development company in the Commercial Court in London, in a dispute over alleged representations made prior to the sale of more than 30 properties. Led by David Casement QC;
- (2018/19) Acting as junior counsel in a £7 professional negligence claim arising out of the drafting and negotiation of a shareholder agreement;
- (2018/9) Acting for a financial services company in a dispute with an authorised representative over whether its clients had been contacted in breach of restrictive covenants;
- (2018/19) Representing a solicitor for alleged negligence in a claim arising out of a multi-million-pound property development;
- (2018) Acting for a large manufacturer in a dispute with a hire company over the leasing of vehicles;
- (2018) Acting for a high street bank in several claims involving unauthorised debit card payments;
- (2018) Representing a defendant in a dispute over title to a vehicle, where arguments were raised as to the transfer of title under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Factors Act 1889;
- (2018) Representing a defendant in a mis-representation claim arising out of a settlement agreement;
- (2018) Obtaining injunctive relief for a national chain of public houses to enforce the terms of a lease.
Nathan has represented numerous clients in mediation and always works to ensure his advice is practical and that the process is used as effectively as possible to reach an appropriate outcome.
- Mediations to resolve commercial disputes, such as the removal of confidential information from a business by former employees; and
- Mediations involving family members, disputes over the validity of wills and the adequacy of gifts for the purpose of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Nathan advises and appears in company law matters, including shareholder and director disputes.
Nathan has also represented clients in the Companies Court in London.
Nathan regularly deals with all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency litigation including:
- Administration orders (including pre-packs), extensions of administrations and applications by administrators for permission to distribute;
- Pursuing and defending significant claims against directors arising out of insolvent companies, e.g. for breach of duty to the company / unlawful dividends etc.;
- Claims involving preferences, transactions at an undervalue and other recovery proceedings;
- Representing insolvency practitioners in claims brought to challenge the validity of proofs and their decisions on them;
- Representing companies and individuals in winding up petitions, applications to set aside statutory demands and bankruptcy petitions; and
- Advising on insolvent estates, including how to deal with them and making applications for insolvency administration orders in respect of the estates of deceased persons.
Examples of cases include:
- (2019) Advising a director on a £350,000 claim for allegedly misappropriated monies;
- (2019) Advising on and drafting a claim to lift the moratorium imposed by an administration order, to enable a landlord to forfeit the lease of a commercial property;
- (2018/19) Advising and representing a director in a £400,000 claim for allegedly misappropriated monies;
- (2018) Obtaining an insolvency administration order in respect of the estate of a deceased person, where there were significant claims that an insolvency practitioner wanted to investigate;
- (2018) Acting on behalf of a client to set aside a statutory demand for £200,000;
- (2017) Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in a 2-day trial to recover possession of a property transferred to the bankrupt’s father several years beforehand. The respondents claimed the property was held on trust from the outset;
- (2016) Acting for a director in the Companies Court in London who successfully resisted a claim by a liquidator to recover over £200,000 following the liquidation of a company. Reported as Re Bridgegate Communications Limited  EWHC 2085 (Ch);
- (2016) Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in a 3-day hearing in a dispute over the ownership of a property said to be held on trust;
- (2015) Acting for an administrator in an urgent application in the Chancery Division of the High Court to determine the validity of his appointment under a floating charge;
- (2015) Advising and acting for an individual who faced a statutory demand for £320,000 as a result of trying to leave a tax mitigation scheme, which allowed investors to offset their tax liabilities against investments in well-known films;
- (2013) Acting for a lender in an appeal before the Vice Chancellor against a bankruptcy order made on the basis of a £400,000 personal guarantee. The case considered the amount of weight that should be given to admissions made during a bankruptcy petition and whether or not they could be withdrawn;
- Advising and drafting a certificate of law explaining the combined effect of EC Regulation 1346/2000 on Insolvency Proceedings and English insolvency law on an overseas property held by a bankrupt in Spain, for a client to present to the land registrar in Marbella;
- Applying for administration orders, including for companies subject to pre-pack arrangements;
- Challenging the costs incurred by a trustee in bankruptcy;
- Acting for petitioning creditors, companies and individuals in contested winding up and bankruptcy petitions and applications to set aside statutory demands; and
- Acting for insolvency practitioners to recover assets, whether by orders for possession and sale, setting aside void or voidable transactions, or conducting private examinations of debtors.
Chancery Bar Association
Northern Chancery Bar Association
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
British and Irish Commercial Bar Association
Nathan has published several articles in leading scientific journals, including Physical Review Letters.
2006/2007 Bar Vocational Course. Graded: Outstanding (ranked 1st in year).
2005/2006 Graduate Diploma in Law. Graded: Distinction (ranked 1st in year),
2001/2005 Atomic & Laser Physics DPhil, Oxford University
1997/2001 Physics MPhys, Oxford University (1st class)
Recommendations / Awards
Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year (ranked 1st in year)
Wales & Chester Circuit Award
Oxford University Press Award
Lord Denning Scholarship
Buchanan Prize & Hardwicke Scholarship#
Other Career Details
2004/2005 Nathan was a lecturer in Physics at St. Peter’s College, Oxford.
Nathan has also published several articles in leading scientific journals, including Physical Review Letters.
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