“Clients are front and centre of everything with Nick. He is fantastic with clients, and as a result they really trust him.” Chambers UK 2024
Nick is a Partner with particular expertise in employment law matters with a regulatory cross-over.
He has significant experience of advising employees in trading and broking environments, and within financial services generally.
Within the insurance sector, he acts for employees of broking houses, underwriting agents, insurance and reinsurance companies in the London Market, including at Lloyd’s of London. He has acted for many insurance brokers on the employee and employer side, underwriters and senior insurance executives, covering a wide range of employment matters ranging from restrictive covenants and team moves, to discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair and wrongful dismissal. He is highly experienced in negotiating severance terms and resolving Board-level disputes.
He was a key member of the team in Osipov v International Petroleum Ltd & Ors, the ground-breaking £2m win for the Claimant in the Court of Appeal which established that individual directors may be sued personally by whistleblowers for dismissal-related financial losses.
Nick is frequently instructed on employment matters that have a regulatory dimension involving the FCA or other regulators, and he is well-versed in the requirements and impact of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). Most recently, Nick’s practice has pioneered the use of employment law remedies to overcome some of the injustices of the SMCR from the employee perspective as in the decisions of the Employment Tribunal in Bradley Jones v JP Morgan Securities plc.
In Gagliardi v Evolution Capital Management LLC he led the team that obtained the first anti-suit injunction under the new rules post-Brexit allowing employees to enforce or defend their employment rights in the jurisdiction most convenient to them.
He also acts regularly on limited liability partnership (LLP) matters and disputes, acting for senior members of LLPs within asset managers, hedge funds, private equity houses and in professional practices such as accountancy and law firms.
Nick enjoys providing clear and effective legal advice that cuts to the heart of what are often complex issues and creating outcomes which ensure clients’ commercial and reputational interests remain intact. He is adept at spotting weaknesses in his opponent’s position, knowing when and how to push the pressure points to his clients’ maximum advantage.
Nick is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers UK 2024 where commentators say his “understanding of employment law is excellent, meaning he is able to guide cases in the right direction.” He is also named as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 UK 2024 where he is described as “hard working and remains cool under pressure. Outstanding strategic direction and client-handling skills.”
Chambers UK quotes the following feedback:
“Nick provides fantastic advice and is an excellent strategist.”
“He is very pragmatic and always knows what the best points are.”
“He is very well prepared, he is not intimidated by facing up to large corporates, he is a tough litigator and looks to take on interesting points of law.”
Legal 500 says he is “an excellent lawyer: he is diligent and shrewd, and has very good judgement. He is very bright and can explain matters to clients in a very clear and coherent way. He quickly gains clients’ trust.”
Nick has also been recognised in the 12th edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment Law.
Nick is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), and the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA). He is a regular media commentator and is quoted in publications including the Times, the Guardian and Insurance Day.
Nick was admitted as a solicitor in September 2005.