I have acted in claims involving solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, architects, insolvency practitioners and doctors (including claims of medical negligence). Given the nature of these disputes, which often focus on allegations of poor professional advice or management of a clinical condition, such claims tend to have had a profound impact upon my clients. Having also appeared before the professional disciplinary tribunals which regulate these professions has enabled me to focus upon the critical questions that a Court will ask in such claim. There is the need to balance the reputational damage caused by the bringing of vexatious claims with the right to adequate compensation, for my aggrieved clients. This is a difficult area of litigation due to the application of the objective standard to the question of the competence with which a particular task has been undertaken. I am able to offer considered advice based on my experience.
I have also acted in defence of related intervention proceedings brought against solicitors.
I have enjoyed significant success in a number of high value claims against solicitors and medical practitioners.
I try to ensure that my advice is easy to understand and capable of being followed by the non-lawyer; each client’s ability to undertake preparatory work at the various stages of litigation is something that I assess on a case-by-case basis.
I seek to ensure that legal costs are minimised, although, I am able to refer clients to solicitors, free legal advice centres and experts where it is necessary. I advise my clients to consider a range of approaches to litigation funding.
I am happy to meet clients wherever is convenient and I have offices in London, Bristol and Birmingham.
I have a busy professional life and understand that advice, when it is needed, tends to be urgent, therefore I can arrange to hold meetings during the weekend or outside of conventional office hours.
I prefer to have an initial telephone discussion with my clients to satisfy myself that I am able to help, and this first short meeting can be arranged by telephone; I will not charge for this.
My practice base is quite broad but if I cannot help with your legal issue, I will probably be able to refer you to a colleague who may be better placed to assist.
My approach to fees is to try to accommodate any budgetary constraints but again, if I cannot I may be able to refer you to a more junior colleague. It is important to note that in professional negligence claims, there are most usually significant costs incurred due to the highly defensive nature of the action taken by the insurers of the relevant professional.
I am happy to arrange fixed fee agreements and to provide ongoing help on a retained basis. My fees are, I hope, fair!
• unfair dismissal
• employment status
• claims by company directors as employees
• trans jurisdictional claims
• bullying and harassment claims
• whistle blowing
• TUPE transfers
• collective consultation
• commercial drafting
• restrictive covenants
• specific performance
- Standing Counsel to a large international card retailer having successfully defended dozens of cases
- Representation before a range of professional bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Social Care Council, Health Professions Council and Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In the case of solicitors including related interventions by the Law Society
- Experienced in conducting complex multi-faceted Employment Tribunal claims
- Practices in employment, chancery and personal injury litigation, giving breadth seamlessly in commercially related areas such as unfair prejudice claims and disputes regarding company ownership
I have been a barrister for more than 25 years and have always undertaken a significant volume of charitable work, which I now continue through the Bar Pro Bono Unit. I have provided lectures and training to a diverse audience, including solicitors, local authorities and trade unions.
Before coming to the Bar, I worked in property and ran a restaurant in Mayfair. I also studied drama and have been involved with various fringe productions. I am now a WRU level 1 rugby coach and Sunday is often taken up with festivals of mini rugby.
I have conducted public access work since it was first possible to do so and have appeared and advised in disputes in a wide range of courts and tribunals (including on appeal).
What my clients say
I come to my cases, thoroughly prepared and with a determination to achieve the best outcome. My written advice is specific and clear and highlights the strengths and weaknesses in a case. In court, I am described as determined, forensic and respected.
My clients say that I engage with them in language which they are capable of understanding.
“Nigel has been Counsel of first choice for me for the past 10 years. His deep subject knowledge, attention to detail, pragmatic advice, willingness to fight when required and superb cross examining skills has made him a firm favourite with many clients.” -
Professional & academic
I studied economics, initially, worked for a few years in property and then went on to study law.
I was called to the Bar in 1992 and trained in banking, contract, commercial, company and employment law.