Nicholas Williams

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Nicholas Williams

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business  Public & regulatory

Nick undertakes work in all of Chambers’ key practice areas, with a particular focus on business, employment, and public law. He is qualified to accept instructions through the Bar Public Access Scheme. He also accepts instructions from the Treasury Solicitor as a Junior Junior.

Due to the nature of some of the work he undertakes, Nick has been security vetted to SC level.

Nick has a degree in Philosophy from King’s College London, and undertook a graduate law conversion before completing the Bar Professional Training Course. During his studies, he was awarded Hardwicke and Eastham Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

Prior to coming to undertaking pupillage, he worked at Harbour Litigation Funding, one of the largest investors in commercial litigation and arbitration in the world. He also acted as a legal researcher on the jurisdictional phase of an ICC arbitration under a joint venture contract in relation to the refusal of a mining licence.


Nick undertakes a wide variety of commercial work including contractual disputes, professional negligence, and claims involving consumer credit issues. Recent instructions have included:

  • Advising on a pair of claims involving undisclosed broker commissions on secured loans.
  • Advising on the merits of defending a claim for employment agency transfer fees.
  • The trial of a claim for professional negligence against a firm of architects.
  • Setting aside default judgment in a claim for clawback of advanced commission payments.

Nick’s practice covers a broad range of employment issues, including unfair/wrongful dismissal, discrimination claims, and claims under the Working Time Regulations. Recent instructions include:

  • A holiday pay claim involving an issue of whether the claimant was a worker or a self-employed contractor.
  • A claim involving victimisation, and whether “on call” breaks constituted working time.
  • A claim involving automatic unfair dismissal and trade union discrimination.
  • Advising on the merits of defending an equal pay claim.
  • Junior Counsel to Michael Salter on a claim involving unfair dismissal and race discrimination during the currency of a secondment to an international joint venture.
Public & regulatory

Nick is currently instructed by one of the core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting. The Inquiry is concerned with whether, and to what extent and effect, undercover police operations have targeted political and social justice campaigners.


Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association
Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel
Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society

Regulatory information

Vat number: 252434816

Bar Standards Board

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