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Nick Hill practises in commercial law, with a particular focus on Banking and Financial Services, Pensions law and Employment Law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and ranked in Chambers & Partners 2017 as an “up-and-coming junior with significant expertise in financial services law.”

Current or recent commercial work includes acting (alone) for the subsidiary of a well known PLC to obtain a freezing injunction and search order, acting for a well known investment bank in respect of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority (led by Richard Lissack QC), and acting for the Directors of an off-shore Investment Manager and off-shore Fund in a massive multi-party, multi-jurisdictional high value shareholder dispute concerning various alleged frauds, breaches of fiduciary duties and numerous other claims (led by Andrew Spink QC).

Current or recent Pensions work includes acting (led by Andrew Spink QC) in a very significant professional negligence claim against an investment adviser and fund manager, acting (led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC) in a dispute focussed on the proper construction of the contribution rule powers in a Trust Deed, and advising (alone) on a range of issues surrounding suspected pensions liberation.

Nick has first class degrees in Politics (BA Hons) and Law (LLB Hons). He was first in the order of merit as an undergraduate and at Bar School and held, uniquely, the Princess Royal and Stephen Chapman Scholarships from Inner Temple. He is the author of chapter 3 “The Bribery Act 2010” in the Second Edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery (LexisNexis 2014).

Recent client feedback (from a Partner at an American Law Firm in London) was that Nick “is bright, hard-working and a real joy to work with…we look forward to an opportunity to instruct him again.”

Financial Services

Nick’s practice crosses the regulatory, civil and criminal spheres and is built on invaluable experience gained in 2010/11 on secondment to the General Counsel’s Division at the Financial Services Authority. At the FSA Nick advised on a broad range of matters, including the first ever use of the SRR and BIP under the Banking Act 2009 (Re Southsea Mortgage and Investment Company). He had regular engagement with FSA Enforcement and SFO investigatory work.

Since returning to Chambers Nick has been regularly instructed by the FSA and by the FCA. He drafted handbook provisions for the FS Bill (for both the FCA and PRA) and in respect of implementation of CRD IV.

More recently, his FS practice has included a wide range of mis-selling claims (often in respect of derivative products, including LIBOR linked products), perimeter issues and FCA (and SFO) investigatory work. More specifically, Nick’s current or recent work includes:

  1. Advising an American PE fund on sanctions issues arising from contracts concluded in London.
  2. Acting, with Richard Lissack QC, for a well-known international company (previously listed on the LSE) on a wide-ranging and highly confidential action involving the SFO (alleged bribery issues), HMT (alleged sanctions issues), FCA, UKLA and a number of international law firms, regulators and prosecuting authorities.
  3. Acting (alone) for a junior manager in respect of enforcement proceedings being pursued by the FCA.

Nick is the author of chapter 3 “The Bribery Act 2010”  in the Second Edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery (LexisNexis 2014) and writes for Lexis PSL (most recently on Corporate Transactions and Bribery, January 2016).

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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