Nicholas has over 25 years' experience in managing large and complex litigation in commercial disputes, regulatory investigations, class actions, securities law, cartel disputes, fraud and tax disputes.
Nicholas advises domestic and international corporate and banking clients with their local and global disputes, regulatory and internal investigations and follow on regulatory enforcement action and court proceedings. He is regularly called upon by financial services clients to assist in complicated regulatory investigations and disputes, covering a broad spectrum of areas across wealth/financial planning, responsible and consumer lending, markets, culture and governance.
Nicholas has acted on major complex commercial litigation in a range of areas. He has extensive experience in complex investigations undertaken by Australian regulatory bodies, including ASIC investigations, ATO investigations, ACCC cartel investigations, Royal Commissions and bribery and corruption investigations. He is regularly called upon by clients to assist with those investigations and with related civil penalty and related class actions disputes.
Nicholas has considerable experience working with overseas counsel on global disputes, and on investigations across a range of regulators in the US, Europe and Asia.
Chambers recently cited client feedback for Nicholas as "…a very smart, very strategic thinker I would recommend to anybody", "tenacious, commercially adept and a gifted strategist" and "also having great instincts in terms of dealing with the regulator."
Nicholas was the National Practice Group Leader of Commercial Litigation from 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2017. He was also a board member of Clayton Utz from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019.