In 2014, Nick’s leading
- Winklehof v Clyde & Co LLP  UKSC 32 the Supreme
Court case concerning the application of whistleblowing rights to LLP
members (led by Andrew Stafford QC and Chris Quinn)
- First Rate FX Ltd v Trading by Telephone Ltd and others 
EWHC 982 (QB);  EWHC 983 (QB) a foreign currency trader "team move”
case involving allegations of unlawful means conspiracy in breach of
financial regulations (led by Adam Solomon)
- De Vere Holding Company Ltd v Belgravia Wealth Management Europe
Kft  EWHC 3189 (QB),  EWHC 3781 (QB) a
multi-jurisdictional team move case concerning independent financial
advisors across Eastern Europe, in which interim springboard relief was successfully
obtained (led by Adam Solomon)
Nick has extensive experience
of commercial litigation, with a
particular focus on disputes in the banking
and finance sector and claims against professionals. Nick has experience of claims involving issues
of LLP, partnership and company law. Nick is regularly instructed in High Court
claims on his own account, against more senior counsel.
Nick acts in a wide range
of commercial employment matters. Nick has been instructed in numerous business
competition cases, involving clams for breach of restrictive covenants, misuse
of confidential information, breach of fiduciary duties, and the economic torts. Nick has extensive experience of complex team move litigation (led by more
senior members of chambers).
Nick also has a broad statutory employment experience with a
particular focus on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Nick has been
involved in a number of high-profile cases which have attracted media interest
in these areas.
Nick is a member of
Littleton’s sports law group. A keen sportsman himself, Nick has represented
a rugby player before the National Anti-Doping Panel, and acted for a racehorse
trainer claiming unpaid fees and defending allegations of professional
Nick has been described by
instructing solicitors as "both
professional yet personable”. Nick
obtained 'outstanding' on the Bar Vocational Course, has a first class degree
in Natural Sciences, and before coming to the Bar worked as a management
Nick has completed a
secondment in the banking and finance department of a leading law firm, and has
since developed a specialism in this area. Nick’s experience includes the
- BA Cash
& Carry v (1) NatWest (2) Habib Allied International Bank (QBD): Successfully represented NatWest in defence to a claim for
conversion of two high value cheques, and in bringing a part 20 claim against a
foreign bank for an implied indemnity in respect of the claim.
Developments (UK) Limited v Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ChD): Instructed by RBS in
relation to a claim for breach of trust and a secret commission, arising out of
a loan agreement.
UK plc v Stasis (t/a/ CHL Mortgages) (ChD):
Instructed by Santander in a claim relating to the receipt of funds paid out to
a third party in breach of trust, in proceedings where two banks disputed the
entitlement to frozen funds.
- Assisted in drafting particulars of claim in
proceedings against a bank for mis-selling of interest rate hedge products,
under the FSMA regime.
- Advised an offshore trust on whether loans
totalling circa £3million were a ‘regulated activity’ within the meaning of
FSMA and/or were regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
- Advised on claims brought under the FSA Handbook
and the obligations imposed under COBS relating to suitability and advice on
Nick has written an
article for the website on the leading Court of Appeal case of ‘Green v RBS:
Lessons in Interest-Rate Hedge Products litigation’ (click
Nick has developed
extensive experience in this area, including the completion of a secondment in
the commercial litigation department of a leading law firm. Nick’s experience
includes the following:
- Drafted particulars in a claim of professional
negligence and breach of trust against solicitors arising out of a property
transaction tainted by fraud, in a claim worth circa £1million (ChD).
- Instructed on behalf of a wealthy UAE individual
in proceedings to recover three high value vehicles (including a Bugatti
Veyron) with a value totalling circa £1million (QBD).
- Advised on the construction of a Share Purchase
Agreement on an issue potentially worth circa £2million.
- Drafted particulars of claim for breach of
warranty in a share purchase agreement in a claim worth circa £450k (ChD).
- Instructed by the Defendant in defence to a
claim for breach of an alleged settlement agreement, relating to a dispute
arising out of an agreement for the operation of a parking enforcement policy
at retail premises (Mercantile Ct).
- Instructed in a claim for an injunction to
restrain a company director from holding themselves out as a director of the
company (Companies Court).
UK plc v Foster & Co (a firm) (ChD):
Drafted particulars of claim for breach of trust against a firm of solicitors
arising out of a fraudulent mortgage transaction.
- Acted on behalf of two directors of a foreign
currency trading business, defending a claim based on alleged breaches of the
Money Laundering Regulations, dishonest assistance and/or negligence in a claim
worth circa £275k (ChD).
Nick has extensive experience
of claims involving the misuse of confidential information, enforcement of
restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duties and passing off. Nick’s High
Court employment experience includes the following:
Rate FX Ltd v Trading by Telephone Ltd and others  EWHC 982 (QB);  EWHC 983 (QB): Instructed as a junior
(led by Adam Solomon) in a foreign currency trader "team move” case involving
allegations of unlawful means conspiracy in breach of financial regulations; acting
for the Claimant in successfully obtaining and continuing interim injunctive
relief against nine Defendants.
- De Vere
Holding Company Ltd v Belgravia Wealth Management Europe Kft  EWHC
3189 (QB),  EWHC 3781 (QB): Instructed as a junior (led by Adam Solomon)
in a multi-jurisdictional team move case concerning independent financial
advisors across Eastern Europe, successfully obtaining springboard relief
against numerous defendants.
- Instructed for the Defendant in an interim
injunction application to restrain the Defendant from acting in alleged breach
of post-termination covenants (QBD).
- Instructed for a recruitment consultant in
defence to a claim for breach of post-termination restrictive covenants.
- Instructed as a junior in a proposed application
for an injunction to restrain industrial action by a critical department of an
Nick has been involved in
several high-profile cases which have attracted media interest:
v Clyde & Co LLP  UKSC 32 (SC): Instructed as a junior (led by
Andrew Stafford QC and Chris Quinn) in the Supreme Court case concerning
whether members of LLPs are entitled to statutory whistleblowing protection.
- SKR v LP
Ltd  EqLR 856: Successfully represented the Claimant in an unfair
dismissal and sex harassment claim arising out of an affair between the CEO of
a leading Property Company and the employee, which led to the employee’s
dismissal (see Daily
- Corpe v
ITV (ET): Successfully represented
ITV in defence to a claim alleging pregnancy discrimination against the former
editor of ITV’s show Daybreak (see Daily Mail; Standard)
Nick has appeared in the
EAT and is frequently instructed in multi-day ET hearings on behalf of individuals
and leading corporate clients in discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair
dismissal, and other statutory employment claims:
of Brazil v De Castro Cerqueria (EAT): Drafted grounds of appeal for the
Embassy in an appeal relating to a jurisdictional challenge, based on whether
service had been effected in compliance with the laws of Brazil.
- Maher v
Tasha Foundation (EAT): Acted
pro-bono for a client seeking to appeal the decision to refuse her appeal on
the ground that it was out of time.
- Ellis v
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (ET):
Successfully represented the respondent in defence to a claim by a former
physiotherapist alleging direct disability discrimination and a failure to make
Nick is a keen sportsman:
he currently enjoys cycling; triathlon; kite-surfing; skiing, and is a former
rugby player at county standard. Nick’s experience in the sports sector includes
Nick is particularly
interested in the law relating to doping in sport, and has written comments/articles
on the following topics:
- Acted for a rugby player before the National
- Successfully represented a racehorse trainer
claiming unpaid fees and defending allegations of professional negligence under
the BHA regime.
- Acted in bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of a
senior executive of a leading football club arising out of (disputed) claims
under various guarantee agreements.
- ‘Armstrong, USADA, the UCI, WADA and limitation
periods in doping cases’ (view here).
- ‘Horse racing and doping: Ignorance of the law
is a dubious excuse’ (view here).
- ‘Proportionality in doping cases and proposed
revisions to the World Anti-Doping Code’ (view LawInSport.com article here).
BSc Natural Sciences, 1st,
University of Birmingham, (2000-2003)
GDL, BPP (2007-2008)
BVC, BPP (2008-2009)
Outstanding and top mark
of year in the drafting paper on the BVC
Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
Lord Denning scholarship,
Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
Lincoln’s Inn (2009)
Nick is a member of
COMBAR, PNBA, ELBA and BASL