Nick is a specialist in personal injury work and is recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in this field. Nick’s practice focuses on complex claims and claims of significant value for both Claimants and Defendants.
Nick has a down to earth and accessible approach to his practice. He gives clear, concise and realistic advice. Nick is noted for his ability to provide a prompt turnaround of work is more than happy to respond to urgent requests for advice and assistance at short notice. He works very effectively as part of a team with those who instruct him and, where necessary, leading counsel.
His practice embraces a broad variety of personal injury work including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability claims, highways claims, sports injuries, cases involving allegations of fraud, group litigation and industrial injuries.
Nick has particular experience of claims involving:-
Significant spinal injuries, Significant orthopaedic injuries, Psychiatric injuries, Serious brain injury, Paralysis, Amputation.
His practice often involves receiving instructions at the inception of a claim and giving clear, structured advice on the most effective manner in which to pursue or defend the claim thereafter. Nick is at ease when interacting with expert witnesses and is adept at ensuring expert evidence is as comprehensible and supportive as possible. He regularly clarifies expert evidence in conference and/or by the preparation of detailed questions to experts.
Nick has very substantial trial advocacy experience, in addition to considerable experience of resolving claims during the course of joint settlement meetings.
Nick is an accredited pupil supervisor.
“An excellent advocate who is very good with clients. He gives clear and thorough advice as to the issues arising in any particular case.” “He has a very collaborative approach.”
Chambers UK 2018
Broad range of expertise encompassing industrial disease, fatal accident and spinal injury claims. Strengths: “Thorough, proactive and approachable.” “Very knowledgeable and good in court.”
Chambers UK 2017
Undertakes work for claimants and insurers, advising on matters such as RTA, workplace accident and industrial disease claims. Sources admire his expertise, courtroom performance and skill in settlement negotiations. Strengths: “He is very thorough, proactive and good with clients. He gives thoroughly comprehensible advice and his turnaround time is very good.” “He is good for dealing with difficult issues, difficult clients and difficult opponents. He is able to strike right at the issue of a case and get it resolved.”
Chambers UK 2016
University of East Anglia v Spalding (2011) EWHC 1886 (Spencer J)
dealing with the interpretation on the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. Successfully represented Claimant at trial and successfully resisted appeal.
M v J.
Claimant injured in road traffic accident. Severe and unusual internal injuries, causing ongoing significant symptoms. Matter settled for 650,000,
Severn Trent Hydrogen Sulphide Litigation
representing multiple claimants who have suffered personal injury due to prolonged exposure to hydrogen sulphide. A number of novel claims in relation to the issue of breach of duty. Claims ongoing,
B v F
Subtle brain injury claim for cyclist involved in road traffic accident. Multiple, complex expert input. Claim of significant value. Claim ongoing,
W v M.O.J
Novel claim involving prison officer contracting T.B from prisoner. Psychiatric injuries followed development of T.B. Claimant succeeded,
E v LCL
Novel dispute in a fatal accident claim where nature of deceased’s relationship with him was in issue and where dependency denied. Claim succeeded,
I v S
Fatal accident claim in a factory, where the accident was unwitnessed. Represented Deceased’s family at inquest and then through to joint settlement meeting, where matter settled for a very significant sum,
Personal Injuries Bar Association