“Lauded by clients for his ability to see the bigger picture, and his judgment” (Legal 500), Nicholas has been the global Chair of Hogan Lovells since 1 May 2012. He maintains his client practice and in addition to heading up the real estate disputes (property litigation) team in London, is recognised for surplus property transactions, outsourcing and project management. Nicholas is respected by peers for “knowing the tricks of the market, while clients find his sense of humour adds flavour to his pragmatic and commercial approach” (Chambers). The London team which he leads (which is ranked in the top band by Chambers 2015) concentrates on all aspects of commercial property litigation, covering all sectors.
He has a stand out practice as one of the very few UK lawyers who have vast experience, and a deep understanding, of the rent review market. Nicholas has been involved in some of the UK's most notable structured sale and leaseback transactions. His work and thought leadership has helped to create the innovative LLT market in the UK. Nicholas also takes a project leadership role on significant real estate transactions and corporate outsourcings.
Nicholas frequently sits as an arbitrator and also as a legal assessor/advisor to surveyor, arbitrators and independent experts. He is an accredited and active mediator of high value disputes. He is an Honorary Member of RICS, one of a small number of lawyers worldwide and is a Trustee of ISLP-UK and member of the Council of Heart of the City. He is a diversity champion and Chair-elect of PRIME, a company established to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
'An outstanding lawyer'
'Able to resolve seemingly intractable issues'
Areas of Focus
Advising the UK Government, WM Morrisons and Whitbread Group plc and others on leasehold liability transactions in relation to their surplus real estate
Leading the teams representing Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan on their direct real estate investments in the UK and Continental Europe
Acting for The Crown Estate on securing vacant possession of landmark development sites and on all strategic litigation
Acting for high profile individuals on a dispute arising from the termination of a real estate partnership arrangement
Acting for an institutional investor on a multi-million pound dispute over its entitlement to exercise options for further investment
Acting for a developer defending proceedings that it had walked away from its development obligations in breach of contract
Representing numerous landlords and tenants on high value rent review disputes, including undertaking advocacy at oral hearings
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