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.