Leaders: Mr Nigel Brockley
I am a senior junior barrister who has been practising in civil and chancery law for over 25 years. I practice from No 5 Chambers in London (with additional offices in Birmingham and Bristol).
I have extensive experience of advising both companies and individuals in relation to all insolvency issues. My experience within this field has ranged from lengthy company directors’ disqualification proceedings to associated claims against directors personally, including fraudulent and unlawful trading, the giving of preferences and transactions at an undervalue, unlawful distributions and payment of dividends. My practice requires a familiarity with company law and I often appear for Respondents in disputes regarding the acquisition of insolvent businesses.
In disqualification proceedings I have acted and provided advice in associated claims, including civil court claims brought by liquidator and criminal proceedings.
I have acted for directors where the underlying allegations have included gross negligence (resulting in death).
I have acted for of a diverse range of clients both within the UK and other jurisdictions, including individual Claimants, Charities, Trade Unions and businesses operating within the NHS and retail, banking and property sectors for more than 25 years. My practice is both advisory and representational and includes:-
- unfair dismissal- employment status- claims by company directors as employees- trans jurisdictional claims- discrimination- bullying and harassment claims- whistle blowing- TUPE transfers- collective consultation- commercial drafting- restrictive covenants - specific performance- costs
Professional Negligence and Disciplinary
I have acted in claims involving solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, architects, insolvency practitioners and doctors (including claims of medical negligence). These claims focus upon allegations of poor professional advice and/or client care and the outcomes can be devastating. Appearing before the professional disciplinary tribunals which regulate these professions has enabled me to focus upon the critical questions that a Court will ask in such claim. There is the need to balance the reputational damage caused by the bringing of vexatious claims with the right to adequate compensation, for my aggrieved clients. This is a difficult area of litigation due to the application of the objective standard to the question of the competence with which a particular task has been undertaken. I am able to offer considered advice based on my experience.
I have also acted in defence of related intervention proceedings brought against solicitors.
I have acted in high value claims involving solicitors and medical practitioners.
Property & Housing
I offer expertise in both residential and commercial property related litigation, having acted for individuals, banks and other lenders, local authorities and charities in claims relating to disputed property ownership , adverse possession, rights of way and easements. Having initially practised in family law I developed a significant practice in claims relating to co-ownership, in particular involving husbands and wives and third party lenders. I have acted in defence of many possession claims and also have experience in landlord and tenant law.
I seek to agree objectives which are achievable and ensure that the advice which I give is easy to follow. I try to be accommodating in terms of the level of my professional fees. This will include considering the appropriate method of legal funding.
My chambers has offices in London, Bristol and Birmingham and meeting can be arranged in person or virtually. I understand that flexibility is key and I am not constrained by normal office hours.
I prefer to have an initial telephone discussion with my clients to satisfy myself that I am able to assist and this is normally conducted by telephone.
I am happy to arrange fixed fee agreements and to provide ongoing support on a retained basis.
I have been a barrister for more than 25 years and undertake an increasing volume of public access work whilst continuing to be instructed by solicitors and other professionals on a direct access basis. I also act in mediations.
I have provided lectures and training to diverse audiences, including solicitors, insolvency practitioners, local authorities and trade unions.
Before coming to the Bar, I worked in property and ran a restaurant in Mayfair. I also studied drama and have been involved with various fringe productions.
I coach a young rugby team and undertake pro bono cases from time to time.
Professional & academic
I studied economics and then worked in property before going on to study law.
I was called to the Bar in 1992 and trained in banking, contract, commercial, company and employment law.
What my clients say
I come to my cases, thoroughly prepared and with a determination to achieve the best outcome. My written advice is specific and clear and highlights the strengths and weaknesses in a case. In court, I am described as determined, forensic and respected.
“Nigel has been Counsel of first choice for me for the past 10 years. His deep subject knowledge, attention to detail, pragmatic advice, willingness to fight when required and superb cross examining skills has made him a firm favourite with many clients.” - Alasdair Hobbs, Excello Law
4-7 Salisbury Court, EC4Y 8AA London, United Kingdom