Nick specialises in commercial real estate work. He has over 30 years’ specialist experience and is ranked as a leading individual by the Chambers UK legal directory. He has broad experience in the sector, particularly on the overlap between property and charity. As well as advising on the full range of activities carried out in the real estate world, his focus is on Estate planning and portfolio management, on development projects many of which are for clients from the Cultural & Creative sector, mergers and structural reorganisations. 

Examples of recent work

  • Involved in a range of development projects for clients particularly in the Cultural & Creative sector including work carried out for ENO, The Roundhouse, Turner Contemporary, Young Vic, Kings Head Theatre Islington, The Africa Centre, Hackney Empire and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
  • Estate management work on the campus of a leading London university including acquisitions, lettings and development
  • Acquisition of a long lease, and refurbishment, of a Grade I Adam listed building on the Howard de Walden Estate for a major medical institution
  • Acquisition and development of two large warehouse buildings in East London on behalf of a regeneration agency and conversion into an Arts Centre Complex, including display and performance space and cinemas, with the benefit of a range of grants
  • Involved in a joint venture project relating to the redevelopment of a large community space/hostel into a combination of luxury apartments, affordable housing and up to date community facilities.
  • The construction of a European headquarters building for a large American motorcycle manufacturer, taken on a leasehold interest
  • Acting for a major US legal practice in leasing their building in Mayfair
  • Involved in several redevelopment projects, bringing disused sites back into community use with the benefit of both national and European funding
  • Involved with the restoration project for a leading arts institution in Central London, including major Arts Council financing and dealing with issues surrounding Charity Act compliance
  • Long leasing of a newly-built headquarters building in Smithfield, London for a major children's charity and subsequent subletting of three floors on shorter term leases

Qualifications and career

  • Attended Emanuel School in Wandsworth
  • LLB (Hons) from Warwick University 1978
  • Admitted as a solicitor at Herbert Oppenheimer Nathan & Vandyk in 1981
  • Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys from 1989 to 1997
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite as a partner in 1997

Pro bono memberships and appointments

  • Founder member of House of St Barnabas
  • Member of the Charity Property Association
  • Extensive pro bono advice given
  • Frequent lecturer and a contributor to Charity Finance magazine
  • Season ticket holder at Fulham Football Club