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.
Nicholas Bacon is a leading silk in his specialised field of costs. He dominates this market with a hugely impressive bank of leading cases to his name. 2015/2016 has been no exception with both Supreme Court (Denise Brewer v. NILGOSC and Dept of Environment NI [UK 2014-180] and Court of Appeal cases to his name: Sean Philips v. Carol Willis  EWCA Civ 40; Qader v. Esure  EWCA Civ 1109; Littlestone v.Macleish  EWCA Civ 127, Essar Oilfields Services v. Norscott Rig Management  EWHC 2361, retained by the claimants in respect of costs in Arcadia, Marks and Spencer, Tesco v. Visa Inc & Visa Europe multilateral interchange fees claims and for the claimants in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation continuing the 2014/2015 theme of a string of leading appeal cases to note including the Supreme Court: Coventry v. Lawrence (Bar Council )  1 WLR 3485; Wyatt v. Vince (costs)  1 WLR 1228; Marley v. Rawlings  AC 157,  UKSC 51 and other significant appeal cases including Ahmud & Co v. MacPherson  EWHC 2240; O’Brien v. Michael Shorrock and MIB  4 Costs LO 439. In the Court of Appeal he appeared in Kanat Assaubayev v. Michael Wilson & Partners  CP Rep 10;  PNLR 8; 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 and has been appointed as an Assessor to Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Fixed Costs. He has been a member of various Jackson Implementation Committees on various aspects of the current reforms.
“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”.