Nicholas Leah has a broad commercial and civil practice, encompassing commercial litigation, international arbitration, banking and financial services, civil fraud, insolvency, company, professional negligence, property, aviation, travel, sports and public law.
He regularly appears in courts and tribunals in trials, interim applications, preliminary hearings, petitions and costs and case management conferences, whilst managing a busy written practice drafting pleadings and providing opinions. He has a particular interest in international work having attended The Hague Academy of International Law as a Private International Law Scholar and having coached teams for and participated in both the Vis International Arbitration Moot and the Jessup International Law Moot. He was part of the Gray’s Inn team that won the 2021 Jessup UK National Championship.
Nicholas joined 3 Hare Court as a tenant in October 2023 following the successful completion of his pupillage.
Before joining Chambers, Nicholas taught law as a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London, where he received the Law School’s 2022 Teaching Excellence Award. He previously obtained a First-Class BA degree in History from UCL and an MPhil degree in History from Oxford with a Distinction in his research thesis, as well as Distinction grades in both the GDL and Bar Course from City Law School and a First-Class Commercial Law LLM from Cambridge.
Alongside his work, Nicholas has served as President of the Association of Gray’s Inn Students, General Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal, Managing Editor of the Oxford Political Review and Secretary of the Oxford Union. He is also the Founder of Young Bar Mentoring, a mentoring scheme for aspiring barristers.
Nicholas has a broad commercial and commercial chancery litigation and advisory practice. He is regularly instructed to appear on behalf of and advise companies and individuals in relation to contractual disputes. He can advise on a broad range of commercial remedies, including restitution, trusts and equitable remedies.
He has particular knowledge of complex conflict of laws questions in international commercial litigation, including jurisdiction, applicable law, anti-suit injunctions, freezing injunctions and enforcement. He has studied at The Hague Academy as a Private International Law Scholar.
In addition, he has experience of assisting with the drafting of contractual documents such as share purchase agreements.
Nicholas has a particular interest in international arbitration work. He has gained experience of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitration rules.
He has also coached teams for and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Nicholas has experience of banking, financial services and cryptoassets disputes.
He studied international financial law and has sound knowledge of the law surrounding syndicated loan agreements, international bond issues, derivatives and securitisation.
Nicholas is developing a civil fraud practice. He has experience of drafting pleadings and advising on matters where fraud is alleged.
He has developed a particular knowledge of litigation involving mis-sold fractional ownership timeshare packages and the application of the Timeshare, Holiday Products, Resale and Exchange Contracts Regulations 2010.
Nicholas is developing a varied insolvency and company law practice.
He has experience of a wide range of insolvency matters, including preference claims, transactions at an undervalue and directors’ duties. He is also regularly instructed to appear in winding-up and bankruptcy petitions.
Nicholas has experience in dealing with disputes in which professional negligence is alleged.
Nicholas is developing a broad public law practice. He has experience of judicial review claims and the intersection of public law and tort law.
During pupillage, he developed extensive experience of appeals to the Privy Council from a range of jurisdictions, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Saint Lucia and Mauritius.
He has taught constitutional law, administrative law and human rights at City, University of London.
Nicholas is developing a busy and varied property litigation practice. He has experience of landlord and tenant disputes (including possession and disrepair claims), as well as boundary disputes and leasehold enfranchisement.
Nicholas is regularly instructed to advise or appear in court in relation to claims brought under EC Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention. He also has experience of CEDR adjudication work.
He is well placed to advise on matters of flight delay, flight cancellation and denied boarding as well as consequential losses, damaged baggage, lost baggage and personal injury on airlines.
He has experience of larger contractual, insurance and reinsurance disputes in the aviation industry.
Nicholas is regularly instructed in matters involving the Package Travel Regulations (1992 and 2018), including fast track trials, interim applications and costs and case management conferences.
He is developing a busy paperwork practice in travel law, including drafting pleadings, schedules and counter-schedules as well as advising on jurisdictional, procedural, evidential and quantum issues. He also has experience of travel insurance work.
In addition, he has considerable trial experience involving road traffic accidents, employers’ liability disputes and public liability disputes.
Nicholas is keen to develop his sports law practice, drawing on his experience of general commercial and civil litigation.