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Nick Wells specialises in commercial litigation and has gained a significant reputation for his analytical ability and judgement on commercial disputes, quickly getting to grips with the most complex of issues.

He has been praised by major commercial clients for his tactical advice and commercial approach to dispute resolution.

Nick’s ability to grasp complex and technical issues has seen excellent results in several high-value and complex matters and he has now established himself as one of the leading commercial litigation lawyers in the Midlands, often handling multi-million-pound High Court cases against major national firms.

The Legal 500 UK 2023 comments:

“Nick Wells – very diligent and very commercial.”

“Nick Wells and Ian Beardmore go out of their way to understand clients’ requirements.”

“‘Absolutely first rate’ Nick Wells ‘provides excellent advice combined with assured strategic and tactical management of cases’ that is ‘always spot on’.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022 comments:

“Nick Wells is calm, collected and has gained considerable in-depth knowledge of new legislation which significantly impacts our industry’s way of working. He has developed an expertise which is invaluable to us. His judgement is always sound.”

“Wells is one of the foremost experts in the statutory Pubs Code, having represented Marston’s in statutory arbitrations and a judicial review claim relating to the legislation.”

“Nick Wells is a star – he is always there to help out and gives crisp, sensible, advice. He’s my go-to guy.”

Chambers UK 2022 comments:

“Nick is extremely knowledgeable, understated and able to provide concise advice when dealing with complex matters. An excellent litigator who is incredibly thorough and hard-working. His advice is clear and I feel he represents our interests very well, adapting his negotiation and presentation style to the circumstances.”

Nick frequently deals with high-value, complex commercial disputes, including High Court, Chancery, Mercantile, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court cases.

He has represented in such cases well-known names such as Bowmer + Kirkland Group, Land Registry, Food Standards Agency, Henry Boot PLC, LexisNexis and Derby County Football Club, and acted in the reported High Court cases:

Nick has also enjoyed success in the Court of Appeal, representing the successful claimants in Butcher & Anor v Pike & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1407.

He also has significant experience in commercial property litigation, handling several disputes involving development agreements and conditional contracts or leases. Also supervising the firm’s licensed trade property litigation team, Nick is one of only a handful of lawyers in the UK to specialise in the Pubs Code, having handled numerous statutory arbitrations for national pub company giant, Marston’s Plc.

Nick has also developed a niche specialism in matters involving public and private law interaction under EU law, through his repeat work for the Food Standards Agency. Nick has handled a number of matters of this nature and has also worked with the FSA’s in-house legal team and specialist counsel to advise on the wording of a UK government policy and legislation in this field. A particular highlight of working with them was an instruction to represent the FSA for an intervention in a 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 has been recognised as a ‘Leader in their Field’ by Chambers & Partners since 2017 and has been recommended by The Legal 500 for several years for his work with commercial litigation, property litigation and professional negligence. Nick was also invited to join the firm’s management board during 2018 and is one of three partners to sit on the board alongside the Chief Executive.

Nick completed his Bachelor of Laws at Newcastle University and completed his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School.

Nick Wells
Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
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