Dean Nicholls


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As a commercial dispute resolution lawyer, I specialise in complex, high value litigation which often involves an international element. After reading law at the University of Manchester, I worked at Baker Tilly before completing my Law Society Final Examinations at the College of Law in York. My experience is wide ranging, but includes banking and finance disputes (where the claims can run into the hundreds of millions), director and shareholder disputes, international arbitrations through the LCIA and the ICC Court of Arbitration, fraud and professional negligence. Although I have extensive trial experience, I strive to resolve disputes at an early stage, to include through mediation, when possible. I often deliver seminars and recently presented to the St Petersburg Chamber of Advocates.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, football, going to the cinema, playing guitar and photography.

LLB (Hons) Law, University of Manchester
LSFE The College of Law (York


What is your most interesting legal experience?

A few years ago we acted for a relative of a senior Turkish politician who was subject to a travel ban and whose worldwide assets had been frozen. On New Year’s Day I received a call telling me the client had fled from Turkey to Bulgaria and had, as a result, been arrested by the Bulgarian authorities.

My role involved instructing local Bulgarian lawyers, finding a safe house and ensuring that his human rights were protected. However, it was only when we heard that the Turkish government had sent armed agents to take our client that things became particularly interesting.

What is your best legal anecdote?

I will never forget the moment when, during a heated mediation (concerning a complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute), my client threatened the other side with “if they put one of yours in the hospital, put one of theirs in the morgue!”

The case didn’t settle.

Harris Cartier

University of Manchester

The College of Law, York


The Legal 500 - recommended in 2017 and 2018 for Commercial Litigation, described as 'an excellent lawyer’

British Russian Law Association

London Solicitors Litigation Association


Law Society

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7518 0268


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