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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.”

Pensions & Trusts

Nick is a member of Chambers’ long established and renowned Pensions team.

Current or recent work includes:

  1. Acting (led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC) in a dispute focussed on the proper construction of the contribution rule powers in a Trust Deed.
  2. Acting (led by Andrew Spink QC) in a massive negligence claim against an investment adviser and fund manager.
  3. Two on-going professional negligence cases arising out of allegedly failed scheme equalisations (led by Nicolas Stallworthy QC)
  4. Advising (alone) a well known charity in connection with the TPS.
  5. Advising a Union on employment/pension issues following changes to the defined benefit scheme of a major financial institution.
  6. Advice on the pensions consequences for public sector outsourcing.

Nick frequently advises (and assists senior members of Chambers in advising) on discrete issues, recent work includes advice on scheme fetters (the Courage line of authorities), ill-health retirement and corporate acquisitions.

Nick has particular experience of Pensions/Employment cross-over cases and of Pensions/FCA cross-over issues. When seconded to the FSA in 2011 Nick drafted Handbook amendments (to take account of the automatic enrolment regulations) and advised on numerous pension “unlocking” cases).

Nick is an associate member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers.

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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