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Practice Summary

Nick’s practice is divided equally between court-based litigation and international arbitration. Alongside general commercial disputes and advisory work, he has particular experience of disputes concerning civil fraud, energy and banking & finance. Whilst Nick is frequently instructed with leading counsel, he appears as sole counsel in an increasing number of substantial matters.

Nick is recommended in the legal directories for Commercial Dispute Resolution (Chambers & Partners), International Arbitration (Chambers & Partners) and Energy (Legal 500).

In 2012, Nick was named by Legalweek as a ‘Star of the Bar’ (profiling highly rated barristers under ten years’ call). He was described as having “a razor-sharp intellect and a staggering ability to remember key details in complex cases” as well as being “committed to the client's cause and a really nice man to work alongside.”

Nick’s most substantial recent matters include a SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat) (US$5.5 billion energy dispute under an SPA); Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai (Commercial Court dispute relating to Islamic bonds/banking practice, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 High Court trials of both 2015 and 2014); Abbott v RCI (Chancery Division, defending major class action in timeshare industry); an ICC arbitration (Geneva seat) (multibillion US$ gas supply dispute between national electricity/gas companies); Bilta v Deutsche Bank (Financial List, acting for Deutsche Bank in relation to alleged carbon trading fraud); Alliance Bank (Commercial Court, US$1 billion fraud claim) and acting as counsel to a corporate investigation at a FTSE 100 plc.

Directory comments, over the years, have included the following:  

“He is excellent: he is very pragmatic, cuts through all the nonsense and reads and absorbs long documents very quickly." (Chambers & Partners 2017, International Arbitration)

“Super-charged energy combined with a first-class legal mind” (Legal 500 2016, Energy)

A forceful and persuasive advocate, who outshines opponents who are far more senior” (Chambers & Partners 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Clear, responsive, hands-on and a lateral thinker" (Chambers & Partners 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Very personable, and a good person to put in front of the client directly. He's very engaging and extremely bright.” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Commercial Dispute Resolution)