- King Williams College, Isle of Man
- University of Newcastle Upon Tyne LL.B (Hons)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Northern Chancery Bar Association
- Northern Circuit
- Intellectual Property Bar Association
Areas of Work
- Chancery and Commercial
Nicholas is an experienced chancery and commercial practitioner. Originally from the Isle of Man he trained in London at the chancery chambers of Leolin Price QC, 10 Old Square and at the specialist planning and landlord and tenant set then known as the chambers of Robert Carnwath QC, 4 Breams Buildings and now known as Landmark Chambers.
Nicholas has a general chancery practice ranging from relatively modest private client trusts including all aspects of fiduciary liability and fraud and self dealing and fair dealing to larger commercial trusts and pension schemes involving multi million pound misdealings encompassing complex restitutionary remedies and unjust enrichment considerations.
At the more commercial end of his practice Nicholas deals with all areas of contract law and economic torts, property based insurance, passing off, copyright and construction law.
Nicholas undertakes all aspects or advisory and contentious work including drafting, pleading and mediations and advocacy before the higher courts, the property and lands chambers and other specialist tribunals and, increasingly, at arbitrations.
Nicholas accepts conditional fee cases and is generally happy to discuss simple points on the telephone without charge.
Hand in hand with the foregoing aspects of his general chancery practice, Nicholas specialises in all facets of real property work including co-ownership disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, boundary and party walls disputes, registered and unregistered conveyancing, adverse possession, options, mortgages and charges and town and country planning but with a particular interest in rectification of title claims, easements, restrictive covenants, public and private nuisances and restitutionary proprietary remedies.
Nicholas has considerable experience across the whole range of landlord and tenant work encompassing agricultural, business and residential tenancies and licences and including leasehold enfranchisement, commercial renewals, break clauses and options, forfeiture and possession, rent review and dilapidations to name but a few.
Nicholas also deals with all aspects of wills and administration of estates including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and in the Court of Protection extending to drafting and interpretation, contentious and non-contentious probate, undue influence, fraud, forgery, testamentary capacity, administration actions, Beddoes applications, intestate succession, inheritance tax, appointment and removal of trustees, variations of trusts and powers of attorney.
Nicholas specialises in all aspects of insolvency and partnership law but not pure company law issues.
Nicholas also specialises in professional negligence related to his key practice areas extending to claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors, architects, insolvency practitioners and insurance brokers.
Cadogan v. McCarthy & Stone (Developments) Ltd  L & TR 249 (CA) (business tenancies, intention to re-develop)
Crantrave Ltd (in liquidation) v. Lloyds Bank plc  QB 917 (CA) (banking, payments without authority)
Naidoo v. Naidu, The Times, 1st Nov. 2000 (fiduciaries, breach of trust)
Davies v. The National Bingo Game Association, unreported, Oct. 2001 (lawful gaming and enforceability)
Customs & Excise Commissioners v. Allen  BPIR 830 (insolvency, review of block transfer orders)
Williams v. Sandy Lane (Chester) Ltd  1 P & CR 27 (CA) (easements and reversions)
Margerison v. Bates  3 EGLR 165 (interpretation, restrictive covenants)
R v. Derwent Holdings Ltd, ex. parte Liverpool City Council  JPL 1768 (Building Act notices, town and country planning)
Campbell v. Banks  NPC 13 (CA) (section 62, the limits of continuous and apparent easements)
Goenka v. Goenka  Ch 267 (death benefits, nomination, family provision)
FPH Law v. Brown  5 Costs LO 733 (breach of costs undertaking, compromise and illegality)
Clifton v. Liverpool City Council  UKUT 74 (LC) (enfranchisement and changes to hereditament)
Palo Alto Ltd v. Alnor Estates Ltd (2017) UT T&C 0002 (whether dishonesty an essential element of unilateral mistake)