Nic is a specialist in International Arbitration and now sits exclusively as an arbitrator.  Ranked as a “Leading Individual” in International Arbitration by The Legal 500, Chambers and Who’s Who Legal, Nic is described as “confident and knowledgeable” and “praised for his ability to stay on top of the detail”.  Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014, he has been active in the arbitration of international commercial disputes for over 30 years.  He is admitted to practice in England and Wales and in New York.

Having trained at the Bar, Nic practised for several years at Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens in New York before joining Clifford Chance, where he became a partner in the firm’s highly-ranked international arbitration practice.  In 2009, he took over as Head of International Arbitration at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, developing and leading that firm’s international arbitration practice.

Nic has experience of arbitrations conducted under a wide variety of institutional and procedural rules.  He has handled numerous LCIA and ICC disputes, as well as matters under the rules of the AAA, SIAC, SCC, DIFC and the DIAC.  He has also acted as arbitrator on an ad hoc basis under the UNCITRAL Rules and the Arbitration Act, 1996. He has dealt as both arbitrator and counsel with cases involving a range of national laws, including those of England, New York, France, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and the UAE.  He has particular experience of acting as arbitrator in energy disputes, corporate investment, joint venture and financing disputes, offshore engineering and technology and construction matters.

Nic has served extensively as chair and as sole arbitrator, as well as a party-nominated arbitrator.

Areas of Expertise

International Arbitration
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Cases

Chairing a three-person LCIA tribunal hearing a dispute under an international loan agreement between the London branch of an international bank and a borrower located in the Middle East.
Chairing a three-person LCIA tribunal hearing a dispute under an international loan agreement between the London branch of an international bank and a borrower located in the Middle East.
Chairman of tribunal appointed to hear a construction dispute arising under a steel structure subcontract relating to a racecourse in the Gulf (DIAC).
Chairman of tribunal appointed to hear a construction dispute arising under a steel structure subcontract relating to a racecourse in the Gulf (DIAC).
Member of a three person tribunal hearing a claim between an agent and a football player under the Football Association’s Rule K.
Member of a three person tribunal hearing a claim between an agent and a football player under the Football Association’s Rule K.
Member of a three-person tribunal appointed to hear a dispute over the development of power transmission facilities in West Africa (LCIA).
Member of a three-person tribunal appointed to hear a dispute over the development of power transmission facilities in West Africa (LCIA).
Member of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute in respect of a supply and construction contract for gas facilities (ICC).
Member of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute in respect of a supply and construction contract for gas facilities (ICC).
Member of an ICC tribunal considering a dispute between a joint venture partners concerning the establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the Middle East (ICC).
Member of an ICC tribunal considering a dispute between a joint venture partners concerning the establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the Middle East (ICC).
Member of an UNCITRAL tribunal appointed to hear three consolidated arbitrations concerning disputes over oilfield licences in Eastern Europe.
Member of an UNCITRAL tribunal appointed to hear three consolidated arbitrations concerning disputes over oilfield licences in Eastern Europe.
Sole arbitrator of a dispute concerning sums due under a contract for the sale and purchase of carbon credits governed by New York law (ICC).
Sole arbitrator of a dispute concerning sums due under a contract for the sale and purchase of carbon credits governed by New York law (ICC).
Sole arbitrator in two related arbitrations concerning fraud in the financing, purchase and sale of consignments of copper ingots (LCIA).
Sole arbitrator in two related arbitrations concerning fraud in the financing, purchase and sale of consignments of copper ingots (LCIA).
Chairman of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute between joint venture partners concerning real estate investments in Eastern Europe (LCIA).
Chairman of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute between joint venture partners concerning real estate investments in Eastern Europe (LCIA).
Chairman of a tribunal hearing a dispute arising out of a corporate transaction relating to a real estate development in Moscow (LCIA).
Chairman of a tribunal hearing a dispute arising out of a corporate transaction relating to a real estate development in Moscow (LCIA).
Chairman of tribunal appointed to hear dispute arising from share sale agreement (DIAC).
Chairman of tribunal appointed to hear dispute arising from share sale agreement (DIAC).
Shareholder/Investment
  • Chairing a three-person LCIA tribunal hearing a dispute under an international loan agreement between the London branch of an international bank and a borrower located in the Middle East.
  • Member of a three-person tribunal hearing an investment-banking dispute (LCIA).
  • Member of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute between shareholders concerning investment in a television station in Eastern Europe (ICC).
  • Sole arbitrator in two related arbitrations concerning fraud in the financing of the purchase and sale of consignments of copper ingots (LCIA).
  • Sole arbitrator in a breach of warranty dispute under a share sale agreement (LCIA);
  • Chair of a three-person tribunal hearing a dispute between joint venture partners concerning real estate investments in Eastern Europe (LCIA).
  • Sole arbitrator in respect of two arbitrations concerning investment in an infrastructure project vehicle in West Africa (LCIA).
  • Chair of a tribunal hearing a claim under a corporate guarantee governed by Cyprus law (LCIA).
  • Chairman of tribunal appointed to hear dispute arising from share-sale agreement (DIAC).
  • Member of a three-person tribunal hearing a complex breach of warranty dispute arising out of the sale of an aviation service business (ICC).
  • Member of an ICC tribunal considering a dispute between a joint venture partners concerning the establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the Middle East (ICC).
  • Sole arbitrator determining a dispute over a share sale and purchase governed by New York law (LCIA).
  • Chair of a tribunal hearing a dispute arising out of a corporate transaction relating to a real estate development in Moscow (LCIA).
  • Chair of a three person tribunal hearing a disputeICC arbitration proceedings under a joint venture agreement between investors involved in the development of a port facility in Eastern Europe/Near East.
Construction & Engineering
  • Member of a three person tribunal hearing a claim for circa $70 million for delay, disruption, prolongation and breach of contract under a project agreement for the construction of an oil processing facility in the Middle East (LCIA).
  • Chairman of a tribunal appointed to hear a dispute under a steel supply and erection subcontract in relation to a racecourse in the Middle East (DIAC).
  • Sole arbitrator hearing a dispute between joint venture partners and a quasi-governmental agency concerning payments in respect of a road construction project in Central Asia (ICC)
  • Member of a three person tribunal appointed to hear a dispute in respect of a supply and construction contract for gas facilities (ICC).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration concerning the construction of a luxury yacht.
  • ICC arbitration for U.S. energy company in dispute with its EPC contractor over the defective design and construction of a power plant in Eastern Europe.
Energy
  • Sole arbitrator of a dispute concerning sums due under a contract for the sale and purchase of carbon credits governed by New York law (ICC).
  • Chairman of a tribunal hearing disputes under a settlement agreement relating to an oilfield services agreement (LCIA).
  • Member of an UNCITRAL tribunal appointed to hear three consolidated arbitrations concerning disputes over oilfield licences in Eastern Europe.
  • Member of a three-person tribunal appointed to hear a dispute over the development of power transmission facilities in West Africa (LCIA).
  • Member of an UNCITRAL tribunal appointed to hear disputes governed by Alberta law between investors in an oilfield project in Central Asia.
  • Member of an ICC tribunal hearing a dispute under an oilfield services agreement (ICC).
Commercial
  • Sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration between a firm of lawyers and Leading Counsel in respect of allegations of professional negligence.
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute concerning sums owing to merchants from a credit card company (LCIA).
  • Member of a three person tribunal hearing a claim between an agent and a football player under the Football Association’s Rule K.

Qualifications & Memberships

Nic is a member of the ICC’s Permanent Task Force on the New York Convention and of the executive committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy.  He is the rapporteur for England and Wales for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and a member of the LCIA, the ICC, the IBA and the ICCA.

 

Nic has an Honours degree in Jurisprudence from Balliol College Oxford and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

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