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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.

Employment & Discrimination

In Employment and Discrimination law Nick has extensive experience appearing in the tribunal (across the country) for Claimants and Respondents (25:75). His practice includes unfair dismissal, TUPE and discrimination claims across the range of protected grounds.

Recent work has included:

  • successfully appearing (at trial) for a well-known charity resisting a disability discrimination claim (London South).
  • acting for an international fashion brand (at trial) successfully defeating a claim for race discrimination (London Central).
  • obtaining a protective award of 90-days for 104 Claimants following the closure of a factory (Ashford).
  • representing a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting vulnerable adults with disabilities in defeating 51 separate allegations at trial (Reading).
  • acting for the subsidiary of a well known PLC in the High Court in obtaining a freezing injunction arising from a fraud committed by company employee. 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 (in respect of both breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract).

Nick is conscious of the significance of employment claims to Claimants and Respondents (irrespective of the value of the claim and/or the range of issues before the tribunal or court) and is always pleased to be involved in the litigation process at an early stage through written advice and/or conferences as appropriate.

He has a particular interest and experience in cross-over work between Employment and Pensions and Employment cases with a FS element.

Nick is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.

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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