Nicholas is an associate in the professional risks team in Bristol.

The majority of Nicholas' practice is defending claims against solicitors, where he has acted in a variety of high value and complex claims, and multi-party disputes. However, Nicholas has also acted on behalf of professionals from a variety of different areas including independent financial advisors, architects and surveyors.

Nicholas also has considerable experience in advising insurers as to coverage and the construction of policies of insurance, along with the resolution of associated disputes, including the arbitration process and the appeal of arbitration awards pursuant to the Arbitration Act.

    • In the Concord Street Litigation, multiple purchasers allege negligence in relation to building insurance against multiple firms of solicitors and claim under the Defective Premises Act against the design and build contractor of a residential development. The Firm acts for the largest group of solicitor defendants, which comprises multiple insurers and a large number of insureds. Nicholas has had day to day management of the matter, under the supervision of Gary Oldroyd. Not only is the litigation complex and high value, but also it involves an unusually large number of parties on both sides, which has posed significant case management and procedural challenges
    • In the Lovell House Litigation, the same legal teams act for claimants making similar allegations in relation to another residential development. Again, the firm acts for the largest group of solicitor defendants, and Nicholas has had day to day management of the matter
    • Advising QBE in relation to coverage in relation to an insured facing in excess of 100 claims arising from residential conveyancing practice and the resulting arbitration and appeal
    • Advising the ARP as to coverage regarding an insured operating from multiple offices and facing a large number of claims arising from residential conveyancing practice
    • Advising QBE as to coverage and policy construction in the context of approximately 500 notified claims and circumstances resulting from a property investment scheme.


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