Dr Nathan Smith

Dr Nathan Smith


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Harry Young


Nathan has developed a strong commercial and chancery practice focusing on commercial disputes, insolvency, property, and probate litigation.

Nathan regularly appears in both the High Court and County Court for institutional clients, including banks and local authorities, companies of all sizes and individuals.

Nathan previously worked as a research scientist and has a PhD in Physics. His background is a real asset when dealing with expert evidence or complex disputes.

Nathan has substantial experience of dealing with a wide variety of commercial litigation including: contract disputes, debt and guarantee claims, sale of goods act claims, harassment claims against service companies, unfair terms and relationships, consumer credit and other finance related disputes.

Year of Call: 2007


Areas of Expertise

Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance

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.

Charities, Trusts & Probate

Charities, Trusts & Probate

Nathan has a particular interest in chancery work and regularly advises and appears in the High Court and County Court in claims under the Inheritance Act 1978 and also contested probate and other claims involving disputed wills, trusts and estates.

In 2015 and 2016, Nathan is presented a series of seminars on proprietary estoppel in the context of probate and other property disputes.

Civil Fraud

Civil Fraud

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 advises and appears in company law matters, including shareholder and director disputes.

Nathan has also represented clients in the Companies Court in London.



Nathan has successfully represented clients in multi-day trials in the Technology and Construction Court. His technical background gives him an edge when dealing with expert evidence or claims with a scientific element.


Northern Chancery Bar Association

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association



Nathan has published several articles in leading scientific journals, including Physical Review Letters.



2006/2007    Bar Vocational Course. Grade: Outstanding (ranked 1st in year)

2005/2006    Graduate Diploma in Law. Grade: 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


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