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Nicholas Cobill- Commercial Litigation

Nicholas is an experienced trial advocate who appears regularly in multi track proceedings in the High Court and County Court. 

He deals mainly with high value commercial litigation arising from breaches of contract and professional negligence. He has a broad range of experience, acting for clients in the UK and overseas, including multinationals and high net worth individuals. Clients include banks, airlines, utility providers, insurers, manufacturers, franchises and UK and foreign government departments. He advises on risk and dispute avoidance, and where proceedings are necessary, he deals with all stages, from devising strategy at the outset, to appearing in interim applications, trials and appeals. 

Advocacy

  • obtaining emergency injunctions to compel a national energy supplier to reconnect electricity supplies to national fast food franchises across the South East
  • recovering possession of a city centre nightclub, radio station and arts centre for a commercial landlord in a trial concerning forged signatures on a fabricated lease 
  • obtaining an injunction to prevent a recruitment agent from operating a competing business in breach of post-termination restrictive covenants and to deliver up confidential information 
  • representing the Welsh manufacturer of industrial washing machines exported to South Africa in contested jurisdiction proceedings against a German industrial washing machine retailer 
  • obtaining disclosure orders pursuant to letters of request on behalf of an Argentinean national supermarket chain to force the disclosure of banking documents and oral testimony from deponents in this jurisdiction to assist in its defence in the largest litigation in the Commercial Court in Argentina – Carrefour Nederland BV et al. v PWC et al
  • successfully representing lenders in an appeal where it was alleged that a promissory note constituted an unconscionable bargain 
  • representing the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills in director disqualification proceedings (including securing disqualification orders against company directors for periods of between 2 and 15 years in section 6 proceedings at final disposal hearings in cases including, for example, a USD $23m factoring fraud where he obtained 13, 13 and 7 periods of disqualification and a 15 year order against a defendant who acted whilst disqualified and who had falsified bank statements and deceived his co-directors)
  • representing the claimants in Cumbria Waste Management Limited & Lakeland Waste Management v Baines Wilson (A Firm) [2008] EWHC 786 (QB) (re: opposing disclosure of documents used in mediation)

Advisory

  • assisting a building merchant at mediation to resolve its dispute with an IT business solutions PLC over a failed IT systems implementation across its businesses 
  • representing a global insurer defending a multi-million £ GBP claim at mediation involving multiple defendants and competing causes of action 
  • assisting shareholders to recover deferred consideration in an expert determination
  • assisting a national airline in an international arbitration with foreign engine manufacturer  
  • devising tailored solutions for corporate entities to limit the threat of litigation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • assisting a building merchant at mediation to resolve its dispute with an IT business solutions PLC over a failed IT systems implementation across its businesses 
  • representing a global insurer defending a multi-million £ GBP claim at mediation involving multiple defendants and competing causes of action 
  • assisting shareholders to recover deferred consideration in an expert determination
  • assisting a national airline in an international arbitration with foreign engine manufacturer  
  • devising tailored solutions for corporate entities to limit the threat of litigation

He takes a proactive and commercial approach to litigation and dispute resolution. 

Client care

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.

Membership
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • International Bar Association