Legal 500 EMEA 2023 highlights Atkin Chambers’ strength in depth in the region
Atkin Chambers has been recognised as a Tier 1 set for construction by the new The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 (UK […]
12th Apr 2023
Members have an international reputation as specialist advocates and experts in all forms of dispute resolution in their chosen practice areas.
“A brilliant lawyer, a superb strategist and an excellent oral and written advocate; a silk in waiting.”
Nicholas specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis on construction, engineering, energy and utilities, technology and related disputes.
He has broad experience of all methods of dispute resolution with expertise in domestic and international arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
Nicholas is recommended in the most recent editions of the legal directories Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500, as a leading junior in the fields of construction and professional negligence.
Nicholas has represented employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on many cases, both domestic and international, concerning numerous types of building and engineering projects. On the pure construction side he has acted on a wide range of disputes including those relating to defects, measurement and valuation, delay, procurement and contract administration. His expertise on engineering matters extends to mechanical and electrical, structural, civil and geotechnical cases. Recent experience includes acting for:
He acts for claimants and defendants (as well as their professional indemnity insurers) in respect of claims brought against a wide range of professional advisers including architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, solicitors, insurance brokers and IT consultants. Recent experience includes acting for:
Nicholas has wide experience acting for contractors and suppliers in litigation arising out of the design and construction of power plants, pipelines, process plants, water and sewage treatment facilities. Examples of his recent work include acting for:
He has experience in the IT and Telecommunications’ field acting for suppliers, contractors and users in relation to telecommunication systems and computer software and hardware systems.
Examples of his recent work include acting for:
Nicholas undertakes the full range of general commercial practice. Examples of his recent work include acting for:
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG v John Sisk & Son Ltd  EWHC 495 (TCC)
Victory House General Partner Ltd v RGB P&C Ltd  EWHC 102 (TCC)
John Sisk & Son Ltd v Duro Felguera UK Ltd  EWHC 81 (TCC)
Brookfield Construction (UK) Ltd v Mott Macdonald  EWHC 659 (TCC)
Multiplex Construction (UK) Ltd v Mott Macdonald  EWHC 20 (TCC), 11 Con LR 63
R J Knapman v Richards  EWHC 2518 (TCC)
Rossco Civil Engineering Limited v Dwr Cymru Cyfryngedic  Adj. LR 07/15
Specialist Ceiling Services Northern Limited v ZVI Construction (UK) Limited  BLR 403
Mostcash plc v Fluor Limited  EWCA Civ 975,  BLR 111
Ferson Contractors Limited v Levolux AT Limited  EWCA Civ 11
The Bay Resort Hotel and Resort v Cavalier Construction Company  UKPC 34, APP LR 07/16
Discain Project Services Limited v Opecprime Developments Limited  BLR 285
2017 Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
1996-1997 Inns of Court School of Law
1993-1996 LLB (Hons) University of Bristol
Nicholas is an Accredited Adjudicator with the CIArb, RIBA and TECBAR. He is also an accredited TECBAR Arbitrator and Dispute Resolution Board Member. He sits as an arbitrator and as an adjudicator.
He speaks French, Spanish and some Arabic.
Nicholas is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR, LCLCBA, CIArb and SCL.
He is a former editor of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts and regularly lectures both domestically and internationally.
“Nick pays attention to the detail while keeping an eye on the ball, and he always works collaboratively with the team.” “He is very thorough and measured, calm and persuasive as an advocate, and he reads the judge well.”
“His expertise and service delivery are very good; he has a good, self-assured style and he’s very pleasant to deal with.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Nicholas is experienced and has precision focus on his cases when preparing and delivering advocacy.”
“His expertise and service delivery are very good and he has a good, self-assured style – very pleasant to deal with.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Nicholas is an outstanding junior. A knowledgeable team player, and good cross examiner, with experience across the construction field. One to watch.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“The perfect senior junior, he provides clear, concise advice and is a good strategic thinker.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2023
“He is really down to earth and offers practical guidance.”
“His submission writing is extremely good.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
His submission writing is extremely good and he has a very good style of cross-examination.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
“A strong team player who is great with clients. Rolls sleeves up and gets into the detail – he is able to assimilate a lot of information quickly. Very reliable.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“A strong team player who is great with clients and is able to assimilate a lot of information quickly.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2022
“Nicholas is measured and thoughtful. His advice is carefully delivered.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2022
“Gets across the detail of the case.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“Knows his stuff and is not afraid to run difficult points.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“He is a great advocate.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2021
“A strong junior who is good on technical detail and is client-friendly.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2021
“Pragmatic, easy to work with, convincing and compelling advocate.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“An extremely good technical lawyer who has exceptional drafting skills and is very user-friendly.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“Very good on his feet, very client-friendly and thorough in his approach, and realistic about prospects of success.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020
“A determined, calm and collected advocate.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“An excellent junior, popular with the clients and very good with technically complex cases.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2020
“He masters complex problems quickly.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2020
The above are a selection of recent client endorsements from the leading legal directories, both UK and internationally. For a complete list of endorsements, please contact the practice management team at Atkin Chambers.