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Nick is a partner in Reed Smith's Transportation Industry Group, with a focus on shipping and international trading disputes in court, arbitration and mediation. He acts for vessel owners and operators, charterers and traders in a wide range of dry shipping and commodity disputes, including charterparty, bill of lading and ESG issues. He supports clients in the extractive and LNG sectors on their marketing and transportation needs, and maintains strong links in the Japanese market. 


  • College of Law, Chester, LPC
  • University of Exeter, LL.B. (Hons)

  • England and Wales

  • English
  • Conversational French

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Shipping Law, 2021
  • Ranked in Chambers UK for UK-wide Shipping, 2020-2021