Areas of Expertise
Nick practises in the fields of high value personal injury litigation, clinical negligence, inquests and regulatory law.
“A ‘bright and hard-working’ barrister who is praised by clients for ‘providing sound advice throughout proceedings’ - catastrophic injury claims are his forte”; “Very strong on these matters”; “an exceptional practitioner”; “excellent client-friendly demeanour”; “stands out like a beacon for being extremely thorough and completely unfazed in negotiations”; "excellent with clients and their families and has a good legal brain"; "a particular favourite with instructing solicitors who state they feel confident in his advice”; “an eloquent advocate who really knows his stuff”; “He’s exceptional – my go to counsel in brain and spinal injury cases due to his attention to detail, his understanding of the client group, his team work and management of clients”; "He has a very calm authority and is excellent in his interactions with clients"; "He just inspires confidence. He is very quietly and calmly authoritative. He is very good at interacting with clients"; He is knowledgeable and has an eye for detail. He will go the extra mile and puts in the hours to make sure he is thoroughly prepared.” He is thoughtful in the advice he gives, very good with clients, approachable, hardworking and accessible. He is very cerebral, and the go-to for difficulty questions of liability. He shows great attention to detail and his knowledge of brain injury is second to none.”; "He is highly conscientious, has an extremely good legal knowledge and is excellent with clients and their families.”Chambers UK Bar Guide, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
“A heavyweight”; “expert in catastrophic head injury”; “highly recommended”; "a team player"; "extremely thorough and approachable"; "an excellent reputation for catastrophic injury cases including brain and spinal matters”; “Represents both claimants and defendants, including the Welsh government, in high-value litigation”; “Always brings a sense of calm”; “Highly experienced in brain injury cases”; “Very assiduous and excellent with clients and their families in serious head injury cases.” Legal 500, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
Nick practises in significant cases of clinical negligence. He acts on behalf of claimants. He is instructed under BTE policies, public funding certificates and CFAs.
His caseload includes negligence arising out of: anaesthesia; birth; consent to treatment; negligence in diagnosis (missed, delayed and wrongful; including cancer misdiagnosis); GP practice; nursing care; prescriptions; surgery (including spinal cord).
The consequences of the breach in the cases he deals with have caused very serious injury (paraplegia and amputations) or death and damages are in excess of a million pounds and include PPO’s.
Nick is recommended as a Band 1 junior by Chambers and Partners and a leading junior by the Legal 500 for clinical negligence.
Nick is well very versed to conducting inquests touching deaths arising out of medical care, the workplace and when in custody.
He has acted for families of the deceased, insurers and government.
Nick was instructed by the First Minister of Wales to carry out an investigation into the death of Robbie Powell from Addison’s Disease and to report to and make recommendations to the Welsh Ministers as to any lessons to be learnt for the promotion of or improvement of the social wellbeing of Wales and the operation of the Welsh Health Service. The report was published in July 2012.
Nick practises in high value personal injury litigation. He acts on behalf of claimants and defendants (including Central Government and the Welsh Government).
His caseload consists of catastrophic injury claims: traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries (tetraplegia and paraplegia) and upper and lower limb amputations. Such cases have included claimants in a persistent vegetative state, minimally aware and locked in. They also include those who have sustained injuries abroad. Mental capacity and PPO’s regularly arise.
Nick has been instructed in catastrophic injury claims arising out of: the Animals Act, assaults, construction sites, electrocution, employer’s liability, farming, forestry, groundwork, highways (maintenance and design) mining, occupier’s liability, product liability, road traffic (agricultural machinery, cyclists, motor cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles), shipping, workplace, work equipment, working at height.
He is involved in litigation where orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries and pain syndromes remove or substantially reduce the ability to work.
Fatal Accident Act claims and appeals against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority also form an important part of his work.
Nick is recommended as a Band 1 junior by Chambers and Partners and a leading junior by the Legal 500 for personal injury.
Nick is instructed on behalf of individuals, companies, local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive.
He has extensive experience in advising and conducting trials in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court as well as representation in the Court of Appeal. Cases involve the assimilation and marshalling of technical and medical expert evidence and are often of public importance.
Cases include: agricultural fatalities; workplace fatalities; construction site fatalities; fatalities caused by lost wheel syndrome; death of an independent roofing contractor; work place injuries; asbestos exposure; capsizing of a commercial barge on a coastal waterway, killing a member of the crew and cases involving members of the public e.g. large scale scaffolding collapse in a city centre; death of a paraplegic when self hoisting and death of a pupil in a school playground (R v James Porter (CA) (2008) ICR 1259) - breach of duty by headmaster, to a pupil who died following an accident in a school playground and the meaning of risk in health and safety legislation.
Nick has extensive experience in waste, pollution and fisheries legislation and regulatory enforcement and of advising in these fields and conducting trials in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court as well as representation in the Court of Appeal. Cases involve the assimilation and marshalling of technical and scientific evidence and are of public importance.
Instructions include: large scale, commercial waste offending; cases involving special / hazardous waste and pollution of areas of outstanding natural beauty, National Parks and SSI’s. He has been instructed in the largest cases of environmental offending in Wales.