Nicholas Cobill - Professional Negligence
Nicholas deals with a range of disputes involving professional negligence.
He advises on risk avoidance, provides opinions and drafts pleadings, gives guidance on disclosure exercises, interviews witnesses, liaises with experts and represents clients at mediation, in tribunals and in court. His experience includes:
- representing the Claimants in Cumbria Waste Management Limited & Lakeland Waste Management v Baines Wilson (A Firm)  EWHC 786 (QB) (re: disclosure of documents used in mediation);
- representing the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills in director disqualification proceedings (including interim applications and final disposal hearings);
- representing Thomas Telford School in a claim brought against it by the father of a pupil (at costs hearing and final hearing).
- acting for a major property developer in a claim against its insurance broker;
- defending a general building contractor in relation to its repairs to chimneys in a claim concerning a major fire at Wardington Manor;
- acting for a private property developer in its claim against a geotechnical consultant regarding advice given on the scope of contaminated land;
- acting for claimants suing their former corporate solicitor for negligent advice and services;
- guiding parties through proceedings in the High Court, County Court and prior to litigation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
- representing a global insurer defending a multi-million £ GBP claim at mediation;
- representing a sophisticated corporate entity at multi-party mediations;
- representing a financial advisor in a mediation with a mortgage provider;
- devising tailored solutions for corporate entities to limit the threat of litigation.
- He is recognised for his proactive and commercial approach to dispute resolution.
Prior to joining No5 Chambers in March 2011, Nicholas was a senior associate in the commercial litigation team at Wragge & Co LLP. He also led the firm’s advocacy team. He dealt with a broad range of commercial disputes from high value and complex commercial matters to comparatively lower value and high volume disputes. He worked with partners across the firm, managed solicitors and supervised trainees.
From 2005 to 2011, he was the client service manager to one of Wragge & Co’s largest clients which contributed approximately £1m GBP to annual turnover. He was responsible for ensuring quality of service across departments and client satisfaction. Consequently, he has an excellent understanding of the relationship between solicitor and client.