Nigel Burroughs joined 4 New Square Chambers after 15 years in commercial chancery chambers. He covers all areas of chancery work and associated professional liability claims.
Nigel is also well known for his pensions’ and offshore practice and is recognised as a leading junior in these areas by The Legal 500.
His practice has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Jersey, Guernsey and the British Virgin Islands. He has been called to the bar of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean.
Nigel is variously described as having “Very good attention to detail and the ability to draft a complicated particulars of claim so that it is easy to read and understand the complexities of the case.” (Legal 500); “technically excellent, he’s very good to deal with and he really does get his hands dirty with the materials” (Chambers & Partners); “great fun to work with, offers commercial and pragmatic advice, and has a wide chancery background which informs his pensions work” (Chambers & Partners); who ‘can hold his own against QCs’ (Legal 500).
After spending 15 years in a leading commercial chancery chambers, Nigel has considerable experience of all areas of chancery litigation. Whilst the majority of his work is commercial in nature, he is also well versed in traditional trust, wills and probate claims.
Nigel’s property work encompasses all contentious aspects of real property and the security over it. On the pure property side, he has dealt with conveyancing disputes, including specific performance applications, as well as boundary and easement problems. He has litigated a number of constructive trust claims. His security work encompasses the construction and enforcement of mortgages. He has fought actions involving the avoidance of mortgages on the grounds of misrepresentation and undue influence, and related professional negligence claims. Nigel has experience of enforcing lenders’ rights under forged and equitable mortgages, and subrogation claims.
Much of Nigel’s financial services work concerns the misselling of personal pensions and life assurance products. He has also acted in claims against investment advisers and professionals involved with occupational pension schemes. Some of Nigel’s cases have involved an overseas element, and he has appeared in court in the British Virgin Islands to obtain a pre-emptive costs order in favour of trustees for failing to comply with its investment duties to an off-shore trust.
Nigel has acted in numerous trust disputes. They have involved private trusts as well as pension and charitable trusts. Wills and probate cases have included claims for rectification, and challenges on the grounds of incapacity and want of knowledge and approval.
Nigel’s company practice tends to focus on the more litigious aspects of shareholder and directors disputes, including unfair prejudice petitions. He also advises on pure company matters such as financial assistance.
On the insolvency side, Nigel usually acts for insolvency practitioners seeking to avoid antecedent transactions and recover assets. He also has considerable expertise in the construction of floating charges. In the last few years there have been an increasing number of cases involving insolvent companies and their pension schemes.
Featured Company & Insolvency cases
Nigel deals with all areas of commercial chancery litigation, including contractual claims, sale of goods, fraud (including substantial financial services fraud), securities and guarantees, and insolvency. He has considerable experience of pre-emptive remedies and interim injunctions including freezing orders.
Featured Commercial Litigation cases
“Very good attention to detail and the ability to draft a complicated particulars of claim so that it is easy to read and understand the complexities of the case.” – Legal 500, 2023
“Technically very strong, especially in interpreting complex trust deeds.” – Legal 500, 2020
“He clearly knows the law and gives clear and concise advice.” – Legal 500, 2019
Nigel acts in all types of pensions disputes. These range from the misselling of individual personal pensions to large occupational pension schemes. His expertise includes claims arising out of attempts to amend scheme documentation and issues on the winding-up of pension schemes. He also has considerable experience of professional negligence claims against lawyers, actuaries, administrators and financial advisers. These have often involved issues on limitation.
He has been instructed in many estoppel cases including Hearn v Younger and Hodgson v Toray Textiles. He also appeared in the Demaglass case (reported under the name Alexander Forbes v Clarke) which considered priorities on winding up following Cripps v Trustee Solutions.
Featured Pensions cases
Nigel has dealt with claims against lawyers, accountants, auditors, pensions administrators, actuaries, financial advisers, architects, surveyors and valuers. Due to his commercial chancery background, many claims have a chancery or financial aspect to them. He also has experience of lawyers’ disciplinary matters.
Featured Professional Liability cases
“He gives clear accessible advice and drafts well.” – Legal 500, 2021
Incredibly bright, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Chancery work.” – Legal 500, 2020
Nigel is ranked as a Leading Offshore practitioner by Legal 500. Nigel’s offshore work tends to focus on trust matters, although he also has experience in insolvency, commercial and property disputes and professional liability claims. He acts in domestic proceedings involving offshore structures and companies, as well as claims proceeding in offshore jurisdictions. His clients have included Swiss trust companies, Guernsey and Jersey trusts, and corporations based in various Caribbean jurisdictions.
He has been called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean and has appeared in court in the BVI. His practice has taken him to Saudi Arabia and court in Guernsey and the Isle of Man. In the last year, Nigel has undertaken two secondments with a leading international offshore law firm in Guernsey.
Featured Offshore cases
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