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Nicholas Davidson QC


Nicholas has deep experience of both claimant and defendant work in lawyers’ liability cases, across the range of common law and equitable remedies.  He led the defence teams in both the Bristol and West and Nationwide cases, and the technically vital cases in the House of Lords Cave v Robinson, Jarvis and Rolf (limitation) and Medcalf v Mardell (wasted costs).  More recent defence and recovery work has included pursuit for a major national solicitors firm of recovery proceedings against one of the practices in the middle of the huge commercial mortgage fraud involving Dunlop Haywards, defence and third party recovery work for solicitors who had acted for banks on a syndicated loan for a fraudulent project, and defence of a claim where a solicitor was alleged to have induced the client to make the commercial decision to make a large and risky loan; and work in cases of internal problems in a practice.  For claimants he was brought in to a leading role in the Supreme Court in AIB v Mark Redler, and notably has led in claims involving the specialist employment work of major law practices, successively in Newcastle International Airport v Eversheds, Wright v Lewis Silkin and Commodities Research Unit International Ltd v King Wood Mallesons. The Wright  case featured the problems of cross-border work, as did Bancroft v Weil Gotshal, where Nicholas acted for an international investment fund in a claim related to the handling of a central European business acquisition.