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If you're in need of professional negligence, regulation, or coverage advice, Nick Bird is one of the leading lawyers in these areas.

Nick is one of the leading lawyers for liability and conduct claims against professionals and is particularly well known for his work on complex and high value claims.

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Nick Bird is distinguished as “top class for defendant solicitors' work” with extensive experience in high-value negligence claims. - Who's Who Legal: Professional Negligence 2020

Nick Bird is frequently instructed by leading international law firms to defend them in negligence claims concerning investments and acquisitions. He also acts for accountancy firms. - Chambers UK 2021

"He is unflappable and fantastic, particularly in difficult cases that require a lot of thought." - Chambers UK 2021

"He is very well regarded in solicitors' negligence. He is very good with details - an extremely intellectually strong lawyer." - Chambers UK 2021

"Nick Bird is a lawyer’s lawyer – very cerebral, determined and thoughtful. For matters such as pensions he is excellent and won’t let the client be pushed around." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"Nick Bird has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and a forensic mind." - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

Hall of Fame. - The Legal 500 UK 2021

"absolute superstar." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Hall of Fame. - The Legal 500 UK 2020

"Nick Bird gets into the detail of cases and flushes out the key issues." The Legal 500 UK 2020

Leading Individual. - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Nick Bird is very good; he is thoughtful, determined and very clever. - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Nick Bird retains a strong professional negligence practice, receiving particular praise for his work for defendant solicitors. He is "thorough and detailed," and provides "good client service to ensure their needs are met." - Chambers UK 2019

Nick Bird is praised for his work on complex financial cases. He is respected by market commentators for his "diligence, persuasive advocacy and excellent understanding of the issues and approach." - Chambers UK 2018

Listed as a leading individual. - The Legal 500 UK 2018

Nick has an "eye for detail" and is "sound on strategy." - The Legal 500 UK 2018

Nick Bird "fights cases hard." - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Nick Bird has a highly regarded professional negligence practice, concentrating on claims related to lawyers and accountants. Sources say: "He will think deeply about a case, both forensically and strategically. And he clearly has the respect of the insurance market." - Chambers UK 2017 

Nick Bird, who is noted for his "in-depth knowledge." - The Legal 500 UK 2016

"Nick Bird maintains his healthy reputation in the professional negligence field and is highlighted by sources as "outstanding." He is routinely sought after for complex negligence claims involving barristers and solicitors." - Chambers UK 2016

Listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, The Legal 500 UK 2015's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide (Professional Negligence)

"Nick Bird has an "excellent analytical approach."" - The Legal 500 UK 2015

"He's a specialist in lawyers' liability and he's well known in the market." - Chambers UK 2015

"Nick Bird builds excellent client relationships." - The Legal 500 UK 2014

"The "excellent" Nick Bird, described as "astute and pragmatic," is highly reputed for his experience and expertise in handling claims relating to legal professionals." - Chambers UK 2014

Relevant work

R (on the application of AB) v X Crown Court- the Administrative Court quashed the trial judge's refusal to recuse himself from hearing a wasted costs application against a leading criminal barrister on the grounds of apparent bias

Haugesund Kommune and another v Depfa ACS Bank and another - acting for professional advisers in relation to zero coupon swap transactions in ISDA form where the proceeds were lost in investments in CLNs and CDOs. Determining whether Kommune had capacity to enter into the swaps and whether the bank was entitled to restitution

Haugesund Kommune and another v Depfa ACS Bank and another - successful appeal in the Court of Appeal in which it was held that loss suffered by the bank on void ISDA swaps fell outside the scope of duty of its professional advisers where the bank had a claim in restitution against its counterparty

Advising professional advisers in relation to a claim alleging negligence in the establishment of a failed hedge fund

Advising professional advisers in the Hollywood 4 and 5 film finance litigation following the collapse of HIH