Nigel graduated from Nottingham University with BA (Hons) in law and joined Carter-Ruck as a trainee in 1986. He qualified in October 1988 and was appointed a Partner in 1990 and Managing Partner in 2012.
Nigel's principal areas of expertise are two-fold.
(1) Media litigation and reputation management
Nigel has been described in recent entries of the Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession (Chambers) as "a master tactician" who is "pre-eminent in his field", "His real strength is in his strategy and tactics - he understands the weaknesses of the other side". "He is extremely tough to face - you really have to up your game" (Chambers 2014), "a very sound counsel, there's nothing he hasn't seen before, no media attack he hasn't encountered and neutralised" and "there's not much you can say about him which hasn't already been said; you don't get any better than Nigel", "he impresses with his innovative and creative approach but the other major weapon is his armoury is quite simply his experience (Chambers 2013), a "really brilliant tactician who keeps his objectivity" (Chambers 2012), whose "experience makes you feel incredibly safe" and "who received widespread praise for his practice" (Chambers 2011), a "master litigator", a "fearless litigator and brilliant tactician" who "adds an enormous value to the libel field with his superb judgement and genuine charm" (Chambers 2010), "an amazing solicitor", "pre-eminent in his field of expertise", "always tough when fighting for us", "tenacious and astute" and "always has his finger on the pulse" (Chambers 2009). Nigel has been consistently ranked in Band 1 of the Guide.
The 2013 Guide to the Legal 500 ranks Nigel as a leading individual for defamation and privacy work and describes him as "charismatic" and with "natural gravitas without pomposity".
Nigel has obtained numerous apologies for clients (including on the front page and on television and radio), numerous settlements involving damages in six figures, and many substantial awards at trial (including the highest ever award to a company) both by Jury and Judge alone.
Nigel has obtained numerous injunctions for clients restraining infringement of their privacy by the press or former associates. Nigel has worked on four Law Society Committees looking into reforms to libel practice, privacy law and civil procedure. He has spoken on 3 occasions at the Oxford Union Debating Society on libel and privacy.
(2) Commercial litigation
Nigel has acted in numerous actions for breach of contract, professional negligence, financial misselling, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty winning tens of millions of pounds for clients in such cases over the last few years. Nigel has successfully sued banks, pension advisers and financial advisers in many cases where the clients required a safe or cautious investment but lost money.
A number of such cases have been conducted on a conditional ("no win, no fee") basis supplemented with After the Event Insurance to cover disbursements and the possibility of an adverse costs order. Nigel has also obtained injunctions for clients against former employees acting in breach of restrictive covenants or who have used confidential information taken from former employers in setting up their own businesses or working for competitors.
- Described by Commercial Lawyer as "efficient, proficient and one of the most experienced in the business".
- Nigel has recovered tens of millions of pounds in damages for clients in commercial and financial litigation involving claims for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, breach of contract and financial misselling.
- Clients include Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell, Tesco, Frank Warren, Frank Bruno, numerous lawyers, corporations and individuals from all walks of life.