I get very engaged with my work, and enjoy dealing with other people on complex and strategic issues. Among my colleagues I have a reputation for obtaining good settlement outcomes and for leading successful teams of junior lawyers.
I work regularly and closely with our overseas offices, which is a trend that will continue with the introduction of the European unitary patent and the new court structure that it will bring.
Some of the many highlights of my career include visiting my client, Seiko Epson Corporation, in Japan; settling a large patent action immediately before trial; and developing my understanding of telecoms licensing.
One case that springs to mind involved selecting 35 patents from the other side's portfolio for our client to successfully attack in High Court proceedings. The case involved a novel remedy, determining the essentiality of the patents concerned to the 3G telecoms standard.
My most challenging job involved defending a local authority in a defamation case over detailed allegations of child abuse, which went to a three-month trial that we successfully defended on grounds of qualified privilege. The case required sensitive handling of witnesses and evidence in very difficult circumstances and further developed the law of qualified privilege.
Many of Nick's clients are in technical industries, most notably in telecoms and electronics.
His defamation clients come from many different sectors, with a focus on local government, real estate and housing associations.
I enjoy time with my wife and two children, music of all kinds (and especially jazz), contemporary dance, theatre, reading, walking and cycling in Shropshire where we live, and camping in Wales.