Nicholas Bard is a specialist in civil and commercial law, with particular emphasis on professional negligence, as well as disputes involving contractual, property and construction issues.
He has considerable experience in mortgage-based claims, both against valuers and solicitors (negligence) and against borrowers (construction of mortgages, undue influence, etc). His practice spans a broad range of experience in civil litigation generally.
Nicholas possesses well-honed analytical skills and takes a pride in speedy absorption of facts. He is known for his pragmatic, client-friendly and down-to-earth approach as much as his ability to grasp detail and to see the wood for the trees.
Recent notable cases:
Deep knowledge of law within his stated practice areas. He delivers an exceptional high quality of service both on paper and in Court. Very user friendly, much liked by clients. - Stephen Chadwick, Associate, Browne Jacobson LLP
Particularly in relation to mortgage loans (solicitors and valuers), and associated transactions; solicitors and barristers generally (including conduct of litigation); surveyors, architects, engineers, insurance brokers and some accountants. Some disciplinary work (solicitors and barristers).
Mortgage loans (including possession, undue influence), landlord and tenant, boundary disputes and easements
Building & Construction
Litigation and arbitration work including commercial and residential projects
14 years as panel libel reader for The Observer ; some libel and slander disputes and litigation, including jury trial.
Predominantly claimants' work in insurance claims, including property damage and loss of business cover. Includes professional negligence claims against insurance brokers.
General disputes, including those between professional (solicitors, doctors) – construction of agreements; breaches of duty; damages and accounts.
Including civil litigation, general contractual and tort disputes, which have included sale of goods (and machinery), guarantees, insurance claims, funding of legal disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments, assault and harassment. Emergency remedies, including freezing and search orders.
Nicholas has provided seminars on:
Nicholas also lectures and provides tutorial sessions on High Court advocacy.
Deputy Master, King’s Bench Division – appointed 2003
Deputy District Judge (Civil) – appointed 2003
PNBA, COMBAR, LCLCBA
Before joining Devereux, tenant at Chambers of Richard Slowe, 4 Kings Bench Walk (1981-1988)
Brackenbury (Open) Entrance Scholarship – Balliol College, Oxford
MA (Oxon) in P.P.E.
Clifton College, Bristol
Balliol College, Oxford
Music, theatre, bridge, chess