Nick Blake

Experienced in high-value employers’ liability, road traffic accident and deafness cases.

Legal 500

Nick Blake has experience of a broad range of civil matters. He is listed in the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury junior.

Costs

Nick is regularly instructed to appear at Costs and Case Management hearings. He has represented clients at Detailed Assessments hearing and is familiar with the issues commonly raised.

Clinical Negligence

Nick has experience in consent cases, failure to diagnose and/or treat cases and cases of failure to provide appropriate medical care.

Disciplinary

Nick has been appointed to and regularly sits on the Amateur Swimming Association’s Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution, and Appeals Panels. He is an active member of the Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Group within Chambers.

General Common Law

Nick has experience of:

  • Animals Act claims
  • Building disputes
  • Claims for injunctive and declaratory relief
  • Contractual disputes
  • Easements and rights of way
  • Property and neighbour disputes

Inquests

Nick has been instructed by bereaved families and insurers in Inquests arising out of deaths in the workplace, in hospital and care homes, on the railways and on the roads.

Personal Injury

Nick has a busy paperwork and Court based practice covering virtually every aspect of PI work. He has particular expertise in employer’s liability cases including industrial disease.  He is instructed by Claimant and Defendant solicitors and is content to take on multi-track work of any value. He has vast experience of the entire litigation cycle and is involved in all aspects, from pre-issue advice through to settlement at JSM or trial.

He is listed in the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury junior.

Some recent cases include:

B v B -2017-2019

Acting for the Claimant in a seven figure EL claim arising out of an accident at work on a construction site, resulting in multiple life changing injuries and involving experts in 9 disciplines.

W v V – 2018-2019

Acted for the Claimant in a PL claim arising out of an accident caused by malfunctioning gymnasium equipment. Neuropsychological evidence suggested that the Claimant suffered a traumatic brain injury, leading to early retirement and a significant loss of earnings claim. Liability and quantum in issue. Settled at JSM.

H v A  – 2018-2019

Acting in an EL claim for the Claimant who suffered a serious back injury in an accident while working at height resulting in permanent disability. Liability and quantum in issue.

B v P – 2018

Acted for the Claimant widow in a fatal accident case brought on behalf of herself and her infant children and arising out of a cyclist versus bus RTA. The case involved difficult issues on liability and quantum. Settled at JSM.

B v C – 2019

Acted for the Defendant in a claim arising out of an RTA in which the Claimant bus driver suffered significant physical and psychiatric injures, leaving him with significant permanent disability, when his vehicle was in collision with machinery which fell from the Defendant’s HGV. Settled at JSM

H v M – 2018-2019

Represented the Defendant in a claim pleaded at seven figures following an RTA as a result of which the Claimant alleged that he was suffering disabling physical, cognitive and psychological symptoms. Settled for a fraction of the pleaded value after exchange of medical evidence in 5 disciplines and disclosure of surveillance footage.

Civil Fraud

Nick is experienced in dealing with allegations of fraud in both personal injury and non-personal injury civil matters.

He has argued QOCS and s.57 fundamental dishonesty points from both the Claimant and Defendant standpoint and is experienced in advising on and drafting allegations of fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty in PI matters and in responding to the same, as well as dealing with surveillance evidence. Nick is also experienced in dealing with allegations of fraud in relation to wills and probate matters and in cases involving fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit.

Professional Negligence

Nick is instructed in claims against Solicitors arising out of negligent conduct of litigation, in particular under settlement in personal injury and clinical negligence matters, as well as for negligent conduct of non contentious business.

Public Access

Nick is Public Access qualified and has represented a number of clients on a Public Access basis.

Regulatory

Nick has been appointed to and regularly sits on the Amateur Swimming Association’s Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution, and Appeals panels. He is an active member of the Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Group within Chambers.

Sports Law

Nick has been appointed to and regularly sits on the Amateur Swimming Association’s Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution, and Appeals panels. He has experience of advising individuals and clubs on a range of sports law matters, including disputes with governing bodies.

Nick has particular expertise in sports related injury, and has acted in claims between participants, by participants against sporting bodies and operators of sporting venues, and on behalf of injured spectators.

Trusts & Probate

Nick is regularly instructed on a broad range of probate disputes, including challenges to the validity of wills, and to the disposition of the deceased’s estate by claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

He regularly acts on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to the administration of estates.

Recent cases include:

In the Estate of S, 2018-19

Advised and represented the Defendant PR and sole beneficiary in proceedings in the Family Division for removal of a Caveat, and in later proceedings in the Chancery Division in proceedings brought by the deceased’s adult children challenging the will, alleging fraud, undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.

In the Estate of B, 2019

Advised and represented the Claimant co-habitant of the deceased at the 3 day trial of his claim for reasonable financial provision, pursuant to s.1 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 following the death of the deceased intestate.

In the Estate of O, 2017-19

Drafted Part 8 proceedings under s.50 Administration of Justice Act 1985, for removal and replacement of beneficiary PR’s and will trustees, who were acting in a conflict of interest, and appeared at Court in those proceedings on behalf of the Claimant beneficiary.

In the Estate of A, 2017

Advised and represented the Defendant PR and beneficiary at a 5 day trial of a claim brought against her by her siblings, all adult children of the deceased, alleging failure of the will to make reasonable financial provision for them pursuant to s.1 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 .

In the Estate of C, 2017

Represented the adult children of the deceased, who died intestate whilst living abroad, at the trial of claims for reasonable financial provision, pursuant to s.1 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 brought by an alleged cohabitee and the deceased’s infant son. Issues included domicile and jurisdiction.

If you would like to instruct Nick Blake or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Amateur Swimming Association’s Disciplinary, Disputes Resolution & Appeals panels
  • British Association for Sport & The Law
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Directory Quotes


Nick is listed as a personal injury and clinical negligence leading junior in the Legal 500.

‘Experienced in acting for claimants and defendants across a range of personal injury matters.’
Legal 500 2018

‘Highly experienced in multi-track claims.’
Legal 500 2016

‘Experienced in high-value employers’ liability, road traffic accident and deafness cases.’
Legal 500 2016

Personal Interests


Nick enjoys virtually any sport, playing himself or vicariously through his children. In particular football, rugby, triathlon, sailing & skiing.