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The promotion caps a stellar year for Wells, which has seen him act in several high-profile High Court cases and even included an appearance at Europe’s highest court in Luxembourg – something very few private practice lawyers ever get to experience.

In the second half of 2019, he led the Flint Bishop team that acted for the Food Standards Agency, a non-ministerial central government department, as part of an intervention in a Dutch case before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Exportslachterij J. Gosschalk en Zn. BV and Others v Minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit C‑477/18 and C‑478/18.

He also acted for the same client in successfully defending Judicial Review proceedings in the Administrative Court, a specialist division of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, in the case of R (Agro Foods (Ashford) Ltd) v Food Standards Agency [2019] EWHC 2718 (Admin).

More recently, Wells made the national law reports twice in successive weeks, acting in the High Court case of Create Financial Management LLP v Lee & Anor [2020] EWHC 1933 (QB), [2020] EWHC 2046 (QB), a complex injunction dispute arising out of a significant corporate transaction. The case has created new legal authority in several areas concerning interim springboard injunctions and unlawful competitive advantage.

Having qualified with the firm in 2006, Wells will now lead a Dispute Resolution team that he has seen evolve under the leadership of Flint Bishop’s now Chief Executive, Qamer Ghafoor, from a small regional team to a national force.

Upon ranking the department in the top tier for another year, the definitive industry ranking publication, the Legal 500, described the department as “distinguishing itself in industry-shaping and high-profile matters, as evidenced by its recent appearances at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

It continues: “The firm’s client roster is reflective of the high esteem in which its dispute resolution team is held, with UK and multinational companies, government agencies and public sector bodies turning to it for advice.

Nick Wells commented: “The quality of work that we have dealt with in the department over the last year or so has been exceptional; way beyond the type of cases that would normally be dealt with in the East Midlands.

“Having trained at Flint Bishop and helped the firm and the department grow its reputation regionally and nationally, I am looking forward to taking the reins of an established Legal 500 top tier department and maintaining the quality and levels of work that we have built up over years of hard work.”

Qamer Ghafoor, added: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Nick on his promotion. He has worked incredibly hard to achieve significant successes for the department, working for household name clients and dealing with increasingly complex and high-value cases.

“Nick is also an integral member of the firm’s management board and has helped devise and implement the board’s strategic plans to take the firm forward.

“On behalf of the firm, I wish Nick every success with this appointment.”

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