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Regarded as a leading textbook on all aspects of the law relating to infrastructure and building projects, the 14th edition […]
22nd Jan 2020
Nicholas’ practice covers all areas of Atkin Chambers’ work, including construction, engineering and infrastructure, energy and utilities, information technology, and professional negligence in both court and arbitration. In addition to these specialist areas, he also acts in respect of a range of other general commercial disputes. Nicholas has been rated a ‘rising star’ in the legal 500 for 2021, with a client commenting “a very bright junior, he has a very good manner when being challenged – listens and reflects, but also has firm resolve”.
Nicholas has worked with a variety of bespoke and standard form contracts, and is familiar with the FIDIC, JCT, NEC, and ACA forms.
Nicholas appears regularly in the High Court and the County Courts. Recent reported examples of Nicholas’ work include acting as a junior in a £12 million claim under a new homes policy in respect of defective works at a housing development in Manchester and acting as sole counsel in a claim involving the interpretation of a guarantee – Zurich Insurance PLC v Nightscene  EW Misc 27 (CC). Other examples of his work include acting as a junior in respect of a significant delay claim regarding the construction of an airport in the Middle East, acting as a junior on a claim involving the design and engineering works for a large hospital under a PFI contract, and acting as sole counsel in respect of a £5 million claim for negligent design and construction in a project for the erection of a state-of-the-art cancer research facility.
He works closely and collaboratively with solicitors – he has spent several months liaising between leading counsel, his solicitors and his lay client in order to develop and advise upon a substantial claim for extension of time and additional services for an MEP design firm, and has undertaken a secondment with a large City law firm, where he worked on a range of construction disputes within the property litigation team.
Nicholas has experience of an extensive range of construction disputes, spanning from large and complex projects to residential works contracts. He has worked on disputes over defects, extensions of time, variations, loss and expense, and termination in respect of a range of projects from domestic and commercial construction to pavements, railway, harbour and bridge engineering works. Recent examples of his work include:
Nicholas has undertaken work on a range of energy projects in line with Chambers’ specialisms. Examples include:
Nicholas has gained experience of acting in cases of professional negligence. Recent work includes:
Nicholas has drafted pleadings arising of information technology and telecommunications.
Nicholas has experience of all aspects of statutory adjudication. He has drafted adjudication submissions as well as particulars of claim in enforcement proceedings:
Nicholas has worked on several commercial disputes. Recent work includes:
Qualifications and Awards
2012-2013 BPTC (Very Competent)
2009-2013 PhD, ‘Justiciability before the International Court of Justice’ (Cantab)
2008-2009 LLM (First Class) Wolfson College, Cambridge
Jennings Prize, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Bevan Prize, Wolfson College, Cambridge
2005-2008 LLB (First Class), University College London
Nicholas speaks French, Italian, German and basic Polish.
“A very bright junior, he has a very good manner when being challenged – listens and reflects, but also has firm resolve.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021