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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 ( EWHC 2839 (Ch) &  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.
Pensions & Trusts
Nick is a leading pensions junior. In the last year he (1) appeared in the ground-breaking Lloyds GMP equalisation case (with Andrew Short QC); (2) appeared in the Crown Agents litigation (with Nicolas Stallworthy QC and leading junior Counsel on a (successful) urgent expedition & privacy application); and (3) was instructed in three major professional negligence actions involving pension schemes.
Ongoing work includes:
- acting with Nicolas Stallworthy QC in a claim by an employer to interpret indexation provisions (RPI/CPI) worth hundreds of millions of pounds
- advice to the MOD as a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in respect of inter alia the various armed forces pension schemes
- advice to public and private sector clients on the various Police Pension Schemes, Firefighter Schemes, and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
- cross-over advisory work in Pensions and Financial Services (see Pensions Misselling: cracks in the system (New Law Journal, May 2018))
- rectification proceedings
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Young International Arbitration Group
- Commercial Bar Association
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Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Pensions & Trusts
- Professional Negligence
“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