Nick works with clients whose businesses include products and services which incorporate knowledge design and innovation. He specialises in the resolution of intellectual property (IP) disputes relating to patents, trade marks and passing off, copyright, design right, database right, domain names and misuse of confidential information and trade secrets. He also specialises in information technology (IT) related disputes, particularly where an IP element is involved, such as licensing.
Nick has over thirty five years experience of resolving commercial disputes. He obtained a degree in PPE from Oxford University, qualified as a solicitor in 1980, and then became a partner at Davies Arnold Cooper. He gained an extensive understanding of the needs and requirements of the commercial and insurance markets by acting on behalf of insurance organisations in the resolution of insurance-related disputes, particularly in the area of financial risks, professional indemnity, reinsurance, excess of loss market claims and multi-party litigation. Examples of work in these areas included dealing with the Robert Maxwell Affair, the Hillsborough disaster and Lloyd's market claims.
Nick moved into the area of resolving pure commercial disputes and in 2000 he obtained the Post Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Manchester. He then joined Addleshaw Goddard in order to concentrate on contentious intellectual property work. Major reported cases in which he has been involved since joining Addleshaw Goddard include Ultraframe v Fielding and Ors, and BASF v SmithKline Beecham. His clients include FTSE businesses in the fashion, consumer products and computer software related industries.