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Nicholas Davidson QC

Call: 1974 QC: 1993


Nicholas is a commercial litigator and arbitrator who has been described in the Legal 500 as having "a charming manner, which puts clients at ease" (2016) and as “one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation with excellent client skills” (2015), displaying “mastery of the law and practice of insurance” (2011); and in Chambers and Partners as "a great leader" (2017) "extremely competent, user-friendly and authoritative" (2016) and "a must-have barrister who is mustard when it comes to identifying the salient points" (2010) and a "master cross-examiner" (2011) and "a sensational cross-examiner and advocate" (2013). He is equally at home in trial work  and in appellate work at all levels (“listened to” was another). Always aiming to maintain a wide breadth of knowledge of the law and commercial awareness, he is committed both to understanding his clients’ angles on their cases and to readiness to search for new angles.  Despite having conducted many large cases for the defence, he does much claimant work.  He is particularly interested in claims about investment advice and management.

Other directory (and in one case The Lawyer) comments in his time in Silk have been:

"A "fantastic" litigator and arbitrator, particularly noted for his skills in cross-examination and advocacy."

“Nicholas Davidson QC is "clearly one of the top guys at the Bar" and is held in the highest regard. Junior lawyers often turn to him for advice and he "rather generously and happily imparts his knowledge to them."

“Very approachable"

“Breathtaking intellect”

"Fearsome intellect"

“Sharp intellect and cuts quickly to the issues”

"A good advocate with great court presence"

"Frighteningly intelligent and incisive”

“An excellent advocate on weighty matters”

"Dry but hugely talented"

"Terrifying intellect and precision"


"Hot stuff"

"Incredibly bright"

"One of the barristers of choice for the defence of large issues"

"Names such as Nicholas Davidson QC ... have the most impressive professional negligence track records at the Bar"

"Wide-ranging experience"


"Top professional negligence silk"

Nicholas is a past chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and is also a member of the British Insurance Law Association, Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Bar European Group and Society for Computers and Law.

He has given numerous talks to the Professional Negligence Bar Association and Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association, particularly including the topics of professional insurance needs, obligations, and ability to exclude or restrict liability, and spoke on “Claims against Funds and Investment Managers” at the 2011 COMBAR North American meeting.


M.A. (Cantab.)