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BA, LLB (Hons), Australian National University
LLM, University of Cambridge
Anti-discrimination and human rights
Equity & trusts
Insolvency & bankruptcy
Tax and revenue law
Nicholas accepts briefs in all areas of law but has specialist experience and expertise in administrative, commercial and regulatory law matters. He has a diverse client base comprising advocacy and advisory work for individuals, companies, as well as government departments and regulatory agencies.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Nicholas commenced his career as the Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Bergin, Chief Judge of the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of NSW. Nicholas was then employed as a solicitor first at Clayton Utz and later at Sparke Helmore, where he advised and acted for a range of Commonwealth departments and ministers. In that capacity he appeared, as solicitor-advocate, in approximately 40 merits and judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court (original and appellate jurisdiction), and the High Court.
Nicholas has also provided advice to Commonwealth entities in commercial disputes (especially procurement matters) and acted for the Commonwealth in a number of claims alleging false imprisonment and psychiatric harm arising from detention.