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Nicholas Hill

Nicholas Hill

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Nick practises in commercial litigation with a focus on pensions and financial services law. He is much in demand for his expertise in cross-over work involving pensions, financial services and employment. The directories recommend Nick for his client care, for developing new arguments, and for finding solutions. Chambers & Partners 2019 describes him as having “significant expertise in financial services law” and “extensive experience in Part 8 claims, professional negligence and contribution disputes”.

In 2018 Nick was Junior Counsel for the Representative Beneficiaries in the landmark Lloyds litigation ([2018] EWHC 2839 (Ch) & [2018] EWHC 3343 (Ch)), which settled the longstanding question of whether pension scheme trustees are required to adjust non-GMP benefits to properly equalise scheme benefits.

His ongoing work includes professional negligence matters (for solicitors, benefits consultants and investment advisers), company disputes (including various insolvency matters), indexation work, matters concerning the Employer Debt Regulations, and regulatory work both for and against the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Commercial & Chancery

Examples of Nick’s commercial work include:

  • a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional high value shareholder dispute concerning various alleged frauds, breaches of fiduciary duties and numerous other claims in respect of an investment fund in the Cayman Islands and its investment manager in the BVI. Nick was led by Andrew Spink QC for the directors of the corporate entities central to the dispute.
  • advising and acting (alone) for the subsidiary of a well known PLC to obtain a freezing injunction and search order arising from a fraud committed by a fiduciary of the company. Nick appeared (alone) at the original ex-parte hearing, on the return date and on the successful application for summary judgment in respect of the substantive proceedings.
  • acting (led by Richard Lissack QC) in a case concerning the procedure for the transfer of shares in a Russian Oil Company following a successful claim for breach of contract and an order for specific performance.
  • advising a public authority (alone) on a complex claim for deceit and breach of contract.
  • acting (with Richard Lissack QC) in an LCIA Arbitration representing a Belize company (with subsidiaries in Cyprus and Russia) in respect of a multi-million pound breach of contract by a Russian company.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Commercial Bar Association

Nicholas Hill is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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“Excellent with clients and really bright. He thinks of new arguments and is great in court.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“He finds solutions to problems and is very helpful.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2019

“An excellent junior barrister, he grasped an enormous amount of documentation and information, knew his way around the trust instrument quickly, and advised senior clients with confidence and skill in a lengthy conference.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is good on his feet, knows his stuff and is a very good team player.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018

“An up-and-coming junior with significant expertise in financial services law. He can boast extensive experience in part 8 claims, professional negligence and contribution disputes.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s very practical and gets straight to the point.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017


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