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Overview

Nicholas was educated at University College, Durham University but spent a year at the Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland studying International law in French. He became a tenant at Ropewalk Chambers in 2008 having completed pupillage here.  Nicholas has a broad common law practice.

Nicholas has developed a reputation of being down to earth and approachable. He is always readily available to discuss a case as he appreciates that often a quick discussion of an issue can be invaluable.

When not at work, Nicholas is a keen sportsman playing national league hockey for West Bridgford Hockey Club and Leicestershire. In addition he organises the Ropewalk football team.

Personal Injury

Nicholas acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. He regularly appears in Fast and Multi track cases at first instance and at an appellant level in County Courts across the country and in the High Court.

His experience covers the spectrum of personal injury cases but mainly:

  • Employer’s liability
  • Public liability
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Highways
  • Defective Premises Act

In addition, he has experience of CICA appeals which have run into six figures in value and regularly appears on appeals on eligibility issues as well as questions of tariff and quantum.

Counter Fraud

Nicholas has extensive experience and has regularly been instructed on the whole range of fraud cases by a number of large insurers.  In particular, he has received instructions in ringed fraud cases in which he is able to assimilate and cross reference large amounts of information quickly and concisely.

He also appreciates that often the most important part of defending a fraud case are the early stages and he is regularly asked to advise and discuss the prospects of success as well as tactics and procedural or evidential issues.

He also regularly undertakes paperwork including the drafting of pleadings, counter schedules or interim applications. His experience also extends to matters regularly associated with fraud cases, such as credit hire, where he has extensive experience of very large credit hire claims across all issues including enforceability, period, rate as well as the more specific situations which arise such as fleet vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Employment

Nicholas has developed an employment practice covering:

  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Redundancy
  • Associated wages claims

He has been involved with large claims including claims against many government bodies and assisted in a four week, seven figure sexual discrimination claim.

Costs

Nicholas has experience of detailed assessment proceedings and has also acted in cases where there have been challenges to additional liabilities concerning aspect of recoverability and reasonableness of insurance premiums.

He has advised as to the validity of a damages based agreement.

Property and Chancery

Nicholas has undertaken property work including possession proceedings and has appeared before the Land Adjudicator in disputes over easements and prescriptive rights.

He has experience of advising and appearing in cases concerning:

  • Easements
  • Rights of way
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Neighbour disputes in general

Housing

Nicholas’ practice in this area covers possession proceedings for both tenants and housing associations.

In addition he has experience in dealing with injunctions and committal proceedings related to anti-social behaviour.

He has also advised on associated contractual matters such as claims for housing associations for service charges and maintenance fees and the contractual interpretation of the associated tenancy agreements.

Commercial

In commercial terms, Nicholas’ practice encompasses sale of goods and services work and contractual disputes.

He is often instructed in respect of contractual disputes and associated matters such as:

  • Claims for mistake
  • Misrepresentation

The validity of contractual terms.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Counter Fraud
  • Employment
  • Costs
  • Property and Chancery
  • Housing
  • Commercial

Recent News

  • Nicholas Secures Fundamental Dishonesty Finding in QUOCS Case

    Nicholas has recently secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty in a claim by a taxi driver for personal injury which meant that the Claimant's QUOCS protection was disapplied. However, the Court also accepted his submissions that QUOCS should not have been applied in any event in respect of a large claim for hire brought in the same claim as this was deemed to be a claim for the benefit of someone other than the Claimant, which was a further exception to QUOCS.

  • Successful Defence in Employers’ Liability Case

    Nick successfully defended an employers’ liability claim in which the Claimant brought a personal injury claim against his employer following an accident where he allegedly slipped leaving his workplace by way of a small flight of steps.

    The Claimant's case was that the stairs had a defective surface and also that there had been inadequate clearing of snow and ice.

    There was a significant dispute on a number of factual issues which the Court found in favour of the Defendant. Following the dismissal of the claim the Claimant sought to argue that qualified one way costs shifting applied in circumstances where the Claimant had instructed former solicitors under a conditional fee agreement with an uplift but his current solicitors had an agreement without an uplift.

    The Court again accepted the Defendant's submissions that there was a CFA in place with an uplift which created an exception from the qualified one way costs shifting rules and the order for costs was therefore enforceable.

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