Nick is a partner in our Manchester office and is an insurance specialist whose significant experience covers commercial lines, property damage (liability defence), construction and product liability and recall across UK and international markets.

Acting for some of the world’s largest insurers, Nick also represents brokers, local authorities and a variety of commercial entities. Dealing with a broad range of commercial disputes with particular emphasis on policy coverage, property damage, construction and professional negligence, he also advises on the interpretation of policy wording, advising underwriters on draft policy wording and interpretation.

His comprehensive insurance practice sees him act for insurers and brokers in the UK and in international markets. Examples of advice include assessment and operation of exclusion clauses, implications of material non-disclosure, scope of cover and multi-jurisdictional coverage issues involving policies underwritten for projects in Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Sicily. Nick’s property damage work ranges from liability defence, to multimillion pound recoveries both in and out of jurisdiction.

Nick also provides a subrogated recovery service, ranging from high value multi-jurisdictional matters, to designing and managing bespoke property damage recovery schemes.

Nick is co-author of the subsidence chapter in the latest edition of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide which was published in February 2021.

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Commercial litigation: Manchester (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Commercial litigation (North West)' 
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Nick is a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017, and described as ‘an excellent technical lawyer’.

Work highlights

  • Lambert v Barratt Homes Ltd Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 16 June 2010 Acting on behalf of multiple Claimants and their insurers, leading to an award of damages and the instigation of civil engineering remedy [Breach of duty of care; Nuisance; Damage to property; Floods; Foreseeability; Knowledge; Land drainage]
  • Maccaferri Ltd v Zurich Insurance Plc Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 12 January 2017 [policy coverage; breach of notification conditions precedent; construction equipment; insurance policies; interpretation; notices of claim; product liability].
  • Successful policy coverage Arbitration on behalf of insurers. The central issue was whether a public liability policy responded to multi party claims arising from physical and sexual abuse carried out by a GP to numerous patients within consulting room.
  • Successful subrogated recovery [mediation] against European Vehicle manufacturer and UK distributors, arising from defective component within a commercial vehicle that caused fire, and significant damage to commercial property and business interruption.
  • Defending main contractor against extensive claim for damage/rectification costs to multi storey residential development, arising from alleged defective roof membrane/solar panels installation. Successfully joining sub-contractors leading to indemnity/contribution.
  • Representing local authorities and their insurers in successfully defending multi-party actions arising from extensive flooding, and a landslide adjacent to a new-build housing development.