Specialisms & expertise
Nick is noted in Chambers UK directory 2017 for his "good business acumen and the ability to think strategically and laterally to find solutions to complex problems".
Nick is experienced in handling all aspects of employment law, but particularly advice to clients on complex, highly confidential, sensitive and difficult business restructuring exercises, TUPE and issues relating to varying terms and conditions of employment, including pay and conditions. He has specific expertise in advising clients in the welfare, social care and education sectors. He regularly acts for clients in employment tribunal and High Court claims (the latter including restrictive covenant injunction action, breach of contract and unfair prejudice of minority shareholder interest issues).
Client stories & examples of work
Recent examples of some of Nick's work include:
- Managing away possible injunctive relief threatened by an Accountancy LLP against a former member for alleged breach of non-solicitation and non-dealing covenants
- Advising on the public sector equality duty in relation to the presence of a girl at an all girls state school, who identified as male
- Managing away the risk of claim threatened by a disabled prospective student applying for a place on a school centred initial teacher training scheme, for failure to make reasonable adjustment to the interview process
- Advising the trustees of a leading disability charity on the steps needed to change its management structure, in light of the failure of the management team to manage significant financial and regulatory risks.
Types of client
Nick acts for a variety of commercial clients, in particular in the education and charity, food and manufacturing sectors.
Achievements & other appointments
Nick is ranked in Chambers & Partners directories 2011-17 as a Leader in his Field and in Legal 500’s latest edition; he is listed as one of the elite "leading lawyers" in his field.
He is an ACAS accredited internal workplace mediator and leads the firm’s collaborative employment law and workplace mediation service with 3 other collaborative employment law practices in other firms.
Reported case: Brownlow v G H Marshall Limited  2 B.C.L.C. 655 – unfairly prejudicial conduct of a minority shareholder.