Nicholas deals with a range of insolvency issues.
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 Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly the DTI) in interim and final charging order hearings in the High Court in London,
representing petitioning creditors and supporting creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in the High Court in London, representing the Insolvency Service 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), obtaining an order to extend an administration, representing the Official Receiver at interim applications.
assisting a prestige vehicle manufacturer to obtain an injunction to compel a company in administration to continue to supply parts, assisting a national manufacturer and retailer of children’s wear to avoid the threat of insolvency, assisting a worldwide land surveying equipment distributor based in Hong Kong to recover a debt from a company subsequently in administration based in the UK,
guiding parties through proceedings in the High Court, County Court and prior to litigation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution,
representing UK vehicle manufacturers in multi-million GBP disputes at mediation, representing a sophisticated corporate entity at multi-party mediations, assisting shareholders to recover deferred consideration in an expert determination, 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 and 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 and 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.