Administrative Law or Judicial Review Commercial Law Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Negligence
After graduating in law from Cambridge University in 1972 Nick was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1973. He took silk in 1989 and since then has practised mainly In high-value professional negligence, commercial and banking/insolvency litigation, but also in the fields of tax, pensions, judicial review (particularly in a commercial/regulatory context), chancery, procurement, and defamation/privacy.
He successfully led the defence team in a large and complex group litigation action (the Northern Ireland police PTSD group action).
In recent years his clients have included: Belfast Harbour Commissioners, the Parole Commission for Northern Ireland, the Assets Recovery Agency, the Chief Constable of the PSNI, Government Departments, most of the main Northern Ireland banks, a wide range of solicitors, architects, engineers surveyors and other professionals, and many of Northern Ireland’s leading private sector companies.
In 2011 he became a CEDR accredited mediator and since then has acted as mediator in a number of commercial mediations covering the fields of professional negligence, banking, property and shareholder disputes. He has also regularly acted as counsel on behalf of parties to mediations in these areas of law.
1972; BA (law) Cambridge University
1973; Called to Northern Ireland Bar
1984-89; Junior Crown Counsel for Northern Ireland
1989; QC (Northern Ireland)
1993-2012; Assessor of compensation in miscarriage of justice cases (Northern Ireland)
1996; Called to Irish Bar
1998-2004; Counsel to the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
2005; Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland