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Nick practises in commercial and chancery law with a focus on pensions, financial services and professional negligence. He is much in demand for his expertise in cross-over work involving regulatory issues and commercial law. The directories recommend Nick for his client care, for his advocacy, for developing new arguments, and for finding solutions; he is described as being “second to none”.
Recent case highlights include:
(1) Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Limited v Lloyds Bank Plc  EWHC 3135 (Ch). This 2020 Judgment addressed the obligation to equalise for the effect of unequal GMPs on transfers out. Nick also acted for the Representative Beneficiaries in the major 2018 Judgment ( EWHC 2839 (Ch) and  EWHC 3343 (Ch)].
(2) Gleeds v Aon and ors, acting for the defendant solicitors in a significant professional negligence matter.
(3) Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd v Trustees of the Arup UK Pension Scheme  EWHC 1064 (Ch). A case concerning the “functional replacement” of the RPI.
(4) ColArt International Holdings Limited v (a) ColArt Pension Trustees Limited (2) Mark Coulson  EWHC 3081 (Ch). Rectification proceedings representing the claimant company.
Nick’s ongoing work includes professional negligence matters (for solicitors, benefits consultants and investment advisers), company disputes (including various insolvency matters), indexation work, 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.
In the field of professional negligence Nick is described as a “fantastic advocate”, who is “excellent with clients” and as having “a great eye for detail”.
Frequent clients are solicitors, actuaries, and pension consultants. As is so often the way in this field much of Nick’s work is confidential but his cases include:
- Complex limitation arguments (on both s14A and s14B of the Limitation Act 1980), deployed in a summary judgment application by Nick’s defendant client. The claim was discontinued by the claimants upon receipt of the application.
- Fiercely fought claims for damages for professional negligence by the employer and trustees of a large UK pension scheme against the scheme’s former investment strategy consultants and one of its fund managers, arising out of the scheme’s investment in 2007 of £2 billion of trust assets in credit default swaps and £500 million in US sub-prime mortgage backed assets.
- The Gleeds v Aon and ors litigation, acting for defendant solicitors.
- Acting for solicitor defendants in a case where the claimants were persuaded to pursue Part 8 rectification proceedings instead of continuing with the (issued) Part 7 claim.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Young International Arbitration Group
- Commercial Bar Association
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Areas of Law
“He is excellent with clients, has a great eye for detail and picks up the background very quickly.” Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2021
“Enormously thorough and quick. Right on top of the subject, and you can rely on him to know what the case is about and then spot a new angle. Second to none.” Pensions, Legal 500 2021
“He is doing big and high-profile cases.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2021
“A 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 2020
“He is very technically minded and easy to get along with.”
Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2020
“He is a very good pensions junior.”
Pensions, Legal 500 2020
“A fantastic advocate.”
Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“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