Nick has over 20 years’ experience advising on public law, the promotion of major infrastructure projects, and related planning and environmental law issues. He is also one of only a dozen active parliamentary agents, and as such is authorised to promote and oppose hybrid and private bills in Parliament.
He has advised on a multitude of development consent orders, transport and works act orders, harbour revision orders and compulsory purchase orders, for bodies as varied as National Grid, Network Rail, Transport for London and others.
As a parliamentary agent, he has promoted private bills for banks, cemeteries, local authorities and navigation authorities, and acted on the hybrid bills for Crossrail 1 and HS2.
Nick’s public and environmental law work includes long-term advice to the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on issues ranging from fishery bye-laws to Brexit. He also regularly advises local authorities, including on the establishment of Transport for the North, Midlands Connect and England’s Economic Heartland.
Nick is a former barrister, and has appeared as an advocate before public inquiries and select committees.
He's pragmatic, realistic and straightforward.
Chambers and Partners UK 2021
Intelligent, thoughtful, and completely unflappable. His knowledge and understanding of public law is unsurpassed. He looks to keep things simple and gives practical but comprehensive advice. He is particularly good at thinking outside the box and applying his vast brain power to novel and unusual problems.
Legal 500 UK 2021
- Advised on the creation of Natural Resources Wales and 3 Regional Transport Bodies in England
- Leading the team promoting Crossrail 2, the South Wales Metro, and light rail schemes in Manchester, Nottingham and Docklands