Nicholas Williams

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Nicholas Williams

Call date: 2013
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business Property & private client - Ely Place Chambers London  Public & regulatory

Nick has a busy practice which focuses on employment law, commercial law, and the intersection of the two. Before coming to the Bar, he worked in the investment team at Harbour, one of the world’s largest private funders of high value commercial litigation and arbitration.

Nick prides himself on his delivering his advisory work in a responsive and commercial manner, and tenaciously pursing his clients’ interests in Court. In appropriate cases he accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Outside of work Nick enjoys road cycling, triathlon, and good food.


Nick undertakes a wide variety of commercial work, including contractual disputes that cross over with his employment practice. Recent instructions include:

  • Advising on whether a claim for employment agency transfer fees should be defended, having regard to The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003.
  • Setting aside default judgment in a claim for clawback of advanced commission payments under a contract of employment.
  • Advising on the merits of pursuing claims for procurement of breach of fiduciary duty, or alternatively claims under the unfair relationship provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, in relation a pair of claims where broker commissions on secured loans had not been disclosed.
Property and private client

Nick accepts instructions in all areas of property law (including landlord and tenant) in both contentious and non-contentious matters.


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:

  • The final hearings of several holiday pay claims involving an issue of whether various claimants were ‘workers’ within the meaning of s230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • The final hearing of claim involving constructive dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, and contractual claims for unpaid bonuses and expenses.
  • The final hearing of a claim involving an issue of whether ‘on call’ breaks constituted working time.
  • Junior Counsel to Michael Salter on a claim involving issues of constructive dismissal and race discrimination in the context of an international joint venture.
Public & regulatory

Nick is currently instructed on behalf of the Designated Lawyer Officers in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. The Inquiry’s purpose is to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh Police forces in England and Wales since 1968. Due to the nature of this work he has been vetted to SC level.


London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association
Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel
Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society

During his studies, Nick was awarded Hardwicke and Eastham Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

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