Call: 1992 QC: 2010
Listed as the leading silk for Costs work by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, Nicholas Bacon QC is a leading silk in his specialised field of costs. He has appeared in practically all of the most important costs and funding cases in recent years. His costs practice is well juxtaposed to his professional negligence work with particular emphasis on solicitors’ negligence, both for and against solicitors. This includes solicitors’ regulatory and disciplinary work.
Chambers and Partner 2017 says that "superlatives can't describe how good he is - he's brilliant and always willing to put in extra time." "The only QC to instruct on anything costs related. Hands on and user-friendly, he's an excellent advocate and the standout leader in his field."
Nicholas is "simply the doyen of the legal costs world" (Chambers and Partners 2016). "If you want an absolute costs specialist silk then there's only Nick Bacon." "His strength above everything else, lies in his ability to identify what success means in a job and ensuring that he achieves it. He's very down to earth, extremely easy to work with and, for somebody who is a leader in the field, he's also very accessible." (Chambers and Partners 2015). He has been described as, “a guru on costs matters”, "top of the tree in this field" and "one of the go-to people" at the Costs Bar . Praised for his "huge knowledge of costs authorities", "he can always arrest the attention of the judge." Chambers and Partners 2014 comment "He is definitely a leading silk in the field. To that end, you know when you hire him, you've got the guy."
His Costs Practice
The "enormously likeable" Nicholas Bacon QC continues to dominate the market in costs with a hugely impressive bank of leading cases to his name. The past year has been no exception with a string of leading cases to note. In 2014 he was instructed in three Supreme Court cases: Marley v. Rawlings  UKSC 51; Wyatt v. Vince (costs) (2014) and Coventry v. Lawrence (Bar Council). In the Court of Appeal he appeared in Kanat Assaubayev v. Michael Wilson & Partners (2014); News Group Newspapers in the seminal case of Mitchell v. NGN (“plebgate”) 2013 CA; Brown Quinn v. Equity Management, 2013 CA; Heron v. MTG, 2013 CA. High profile clients include Mr Berezovsky in respect of the multi million pound costs claim brought by Mr. Abromovic and Newsgroup Newspapers in respect of the Voicemail Interception litigation and Shell in Bodo Community v. Shell Petroleum Development Co (2014). He was instructed to recover the costs in the failed Bernard Madoff Securities Int Ltd“Madoff” claim in 2014. Nicholas heads up the hugely successful 4 New Square costs team which has now firmly marked its place in the market.
Nicholas was a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee for some 6 years, ending his term in 2015, and has been a member of various Jackson Implementation Committees on various aspects of the current reforms. His costs practice is well juxtaposed to his professional negligence work with particular emphasis on solicitors’ negligence, both for and against solicitors. This includes solicitors’ regulatory and disciplinary work.
"A deservedly popular choice of counsel," he is "a vigorous defender of his clients' interests." Famed for his encyclopaedic knowledge of costs law, he has “an impressive analytical eye, which he uses to great effect when on his feet.” Clients particularly take a shine to his “bold and forceful advocacy style,” as it "reassures them that he is always fighting their corner hard.” (Chambers and Partners: 2008). “Hardworking, energetic and steeped in costs law, Nicholas Bacon has probably the biggest costs practice at the Bar and “solicitors like him enormously”.
High Court Assessor on Costs Appeals Member of the Joint Tribunal (Bar Council/Law Society) on fee disputes Bar Council Remuneration Committee Bar Council CFA Panel Member of PNBA
Member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2009-2015)
Law LLB(Hons) Essex