Nick Blake

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

Legal 500

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Nick is experienced in advising upon and/or pursuing on a direct access basis, complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service in respect of unsuitable advice or unfair treatment by financial advisers or pension providers, particularly in relation to investments in high risk or unregulated investments.

Cases include:

Mr F v Thomas Hall Partnership (THP) 2016

Mr F succeeded in his complaint that THP gave him unsuitable advice to invest in the certain unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS), which the Ombudsman agreed were unsuitable for him. The Ombudsman found that THP shouldn’t have promoted the these non-mainstream, specialist investments to Mr F, and that risk warnings signed by Mr F were not effective in that they were superficial and “generic” failing to disclose most of the main risks of each fund, other than their unregulated nature and resulting lack of FSCS protection. Mr F was compensated in a six figure sum.

The Estate of Ms R v MW

Ongoing complaint against a SIPP provider arising out of its acceptance of Ms R’s application for a SIPP to hold Store First Ltd store pods. Ms R claims that MW acted unfairly in accepting her request knowing that she was an unsophisticated investor, and when they had failed to carry out any due diligence on Stores First Ltd. The Estate is arguing that MW should compensate it in full and take ownership of the failed investments.

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.

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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 Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Testimonials


‘He is a fountain of knowledge and a credit to your Chambers.’ – Helen Townsend at HC Solicitors

‘His superb eye for detail is often case-turning’ and he is praised for his ‘great support for solicitors.’ 

 

 

Directory Quotes


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

Nick has tremendous attention to detail. He prepares thoroughly and shows dogged persistence in pressing correct arguments. A counsel you can rely on when the going gets tough.’ Legal 500 2022

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

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

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

 

Personal Interests


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