Scotland and the new discount rate regime
14 October 2019
Nick handles high-value cases, mainly brain and spinal injury claims, and his clients often include children and protected parties (who lack mental capacity). Sometimes he is instructed by the Official Solicitor and in many cases liability is a hard-fought issue.
The Legal 500 commends him as, “an extremely experienced litigator with a sure touch and excellent judgement”. Chambers states that he “remains extremely calm under pressure” and “impresses with his sound judgement”. The guide goes on to say that he has “a clear vision of what he wants – he will go an extra mile for his clients” and “really knows what he is doing”.
Compensation secured for children include £2m for brain injury (meningitis), US$4.5m (bronchiolitis) and for spinal cord injury £12.5m (spinal tumour). Other brain injury damages include £5m (encephalitis) and £4m (locked-in syndrome). Other spinal injury damages include £5.6m, £6.5m and £1.5m.
Nick qualified in 1979 with David Lee & Co, who handled cutting-edge litigation for high-profile clients. In 1994, he became joint senior partner in Needleman Knowles. Nick joined Stewarts in 1999 as a partner in order to specialise in clinical negligence.
Nick was the author of the chapter on Funding in Lewis and Buchan: Clinical Negligence A Practical Guide (2012). He has delivered a talk to the Lord Chancellor’s Visitors (psychiatrist experts in the Court of Protection). He has appeared in two training videos for the College of Law.
Nick enjoys film, theatre and music. He plays tennis and cricket. He exhorts the plants on his allotment to bear fruit.