Call: 1992 QC: 2010
Nicholas Bacon 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 Partners 2013 describe Nicholas as "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." 'He acted in Motto v Trafigura case, one of the largest costs cases in English legal history.' 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."
Prior to taking silk in 2010, Nicholas was described as “Undoubtedly the best-known junior in the field,”. This high acclaim has continued. In 2011 he was described in the Legal 500 as ‘a guru on costs matters’, 4 New Square ….houses two of the top practitioners in the field. New QC Nicholas Bacon QC receives praise from all quarters - ‘an exceptional practitioner’, ‘he responds quickly and thinks quickly’. Bacon is instructed on the £100m costs claim arising out of the Trafigura group litigation” .
‘The "enormously likeable" Nicholas Bacon QC continues to consolidate his practice after last year's elevation to silk. "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”. (Legal 500 – 2005) “An experienced and formidable opponent who lives and breaths costs appeared in many leading cases” (Legal 500-2004) “Knows the subject backwards’ and is the leading player, with a string of important recent cases to his name” (Legal 500: 2003).
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
Law LLB(Hons) Essex