Nigel is widely recognised as a Leading Junior. He is a specialist in personal injury, clinical negligence and motor insurance. He has extensive experience in particular in employers’ liability, public liability, clinical negligence, road traffic and equine accidents. He is instructed in cases involving the analysis of “black boxes” and telematics.
Nigel is regularly instructed by both defendants and claimants in cases of severe brain injuries, amputation and state-of-the-art prosthetics, and conditions of chronic pain. He is frequently instructed on complex issues of causation.
In The Legal 500 2015, Nigel is described as having “a good manner with clients” who is “a calming presence in stressful situations”. He is further praised in Chambers & Partners 2016 for being “very methodical and has a softly spoken manner which is deadly and gets his point across”
Clients say he has a “sharp mind” and a “charming personality”. A “true gentleman”, who can “solve almost any problem that comes his way”.
Principal areas of expertise include:
- Brain injuries, both subtle and severe
- Amputation claims and prosthetics
- Causation, in particular the diagnosis and causation of unusual medical syndromes and the exacerbation of pre-existing medical conditions
- Chronic pain
- Psychiatric illness
- Telematics and black box analysis
- Accidents involving horses
- Damages for the loss of a chance
Nigel undertakes clinical negligence work especially in claims involving negligent treatment in the aftermath of accidental injury.
Nigel specialises in the law of motor insurance, including claims involving the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Cases involving fraudulent exaggeration and malingering and disputes around the admissibility and significance of surveillance evidence including static surveillance.
Nigel conducts a large number of joint settlement meetings and mediations as counsel and is also an accredited mediator.
Member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
“There is no doubt he is a star – he is completely charming and extremely good.” Chambers and Partners, 2021
“He is great with experts and clients and is an outstanding negotiator who is very easy to work with.” Chambers and Partners, 2021
“A very persuasive advocate who punches at QC level. Tenacious and good attention to detail.” Legal 500, 2021
“A senior junior with huge amount of experience and an excellent knowledge of law.” Chambers and Partners, 2020
“He’s charming, responsive and has a very good eye for detail.” Chambers and Partners, 2020
“Extremely bright in dealing with cases of utmost complexity.” The Legal 500, 2019
“He is very able, effective and knowledgeable.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“A very capable pair of hands and a real gentleman.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“He is very approachable, has great attention to detail and is a very effective negotiator.” Legal 500, 2018
“Very user friendly, technically excellent and equally good with insurers and lay clients.” Legal 500, 2018
“Approachable, calm and deals well with the other side.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
“Fantastic in terms of attention to detail and very switched-on.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
“Excellent for sensitive issues and very good with clients.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
“Unflappable, with a gentle but effective manner.” The Legal 500, 2017
“He gets to very difficult causation points and he doesn’t get flustered; the clients absolutely love him.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“He’s a master technician; very thorough and very meticulous.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“He is particularly good with complex calculations in schedules on multimillion-pound cases.” The Legal 500, 2016
“He’s very clever and has a good manner with clients. He is very methodical and has a softly spoken manner which is deadly and gets his point across.” Chambers & Partners, 2016
“He has a good manner with clients and is a calming presence in stressful situations.” The Legal 500, 2015
Editor, Kemp & Kemp, Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure.
Huntley v Simmons  EWHC 406 (QB),  EWCA Civ 54
(brain injury, quantum and Part 36 offers)
Dalling v R J Heale  EWCA Civ 365
(competing causation of brain injury, quantum)
Milton Keynes BC v Nulty  EWHC 2847 (TCC)
(causation, multiple causes, breach of condition of insurance, damages for loss of chance)
Ede v Whitwood QBD, 19/04/2012
(liability for catastrophic injury to young pedal cyclist)
Paramasivan v Wicks  EWCA Civ 262
(liability for injury to a pedestrian)
Nadarajah v Sotnick  EWHC 3389 (QB)
(liability and quantum, catastrophic injuries to a motorcyclist)
Smith v Harding 26/11/2013
(riding accident, Animals Act 1971)
Churchill v Boot  EWHC 1322 (QB)
(revision of costs budgets in a claim for brain injury)
Horncastle v Marshall 10/03/2016
(seat belts, liability for costs following late acceptance of a Part 36 offer)