Nicholas is an employment specialist whose practice takes in all facets of employment litigation in the High Court and the statutory tribunals. He also enjoys a significant sports law related practice appearing before the ordinary courts and the relevant disciplinary/adjudicatory tribunals.
His practice encompasses:
He was formerly in practice at Kings Chambers, where he had been a member since pupillage. He was educated at Scalby School and Cambridge University. He was called in 1997 and joined Littleton Chambers in 2013.
Nicholas has been continuously listed as a leading junior in employment in the legal directories since 2007. Examples of recent comments are as follows:
“He has notable experience with TUPE, along with high-value discrimination claims and public interest disclosure cases. He is predominantly instructed on behalf of respondents but also works with trade unions and high net worth claimants."
Strengths: "He's excellent on detail, extremely diligent and quick to respond." "Nicholas is a great advocate." Chambers UK 2017
“He is exceptional on his feet and his ability to recall case law is second to none." Legal 500 2016
"He was brilliant in managing a difficult client, he gave advice on injunctions and unfair dismissal claims, and he was great in conference." "Nicholas Siddall is a good advocate who gets the job done." Chambers UK 2016
“An outstanding employment law barrister noted for his expertise in front of the High Court and tribunals. He handles the gamut of employment matters.” "He is a thorough and very well-prepared advocate." Chambers UK 2015
"He stands out due to his exceptional understanding of the law and ability to apply it to unusual circumstances, combined with a calm and focused approach even in the tightest timescales." Chambers UK 2014
“Nicholas Siddall is a skilled navigator of public sector-related TUPE, equal pay and unfair dismissal matters. He "impresses with his pragmatism and judgement." Chambers UK 2011:
"Incisive, no-nonsense and meticulous"... he impresses with his "incredible recollection and commanding grasp of the facts" Chambers UK 2008
Instructions over the last 12 months include:
Nicholas has significant experience of employment based contractual litigation in the High Court. Nicholas is regularly instructed to appear in both the Queen’s Bench Division and the Chancery Division of the High Court in breach of employment contract and business competition cases (particularly in relation to applications for injunctive relief). In particular he has experience in relation to: Confidential Information, Springboard Relief, Restrictive Covenants, Database Rights, Team Moves, diversion of business opportunities and bonus claims.
Recent cases in this area include:
Nicholas acts on behalf of claimants and respondents in heavy weight matters encompassing all facets of unlawful discrimination. He is acutely aware of the sensitivity required in addressing such claims and adopts a collaborative and strategic approach in either prosecuting or defending the same. Recent cases of interest in this area include:
Nicholas has particular experience and interest in whistleblowing litigation. He undertakes work on behalf of both claimants and respondents in this field and recognises the complicated issues posed by such claims.
Instructions of note in the recent past include:
Nicholas has significant experience in the area of TUPE litigation. He was successful in his representation of the GMB before the EAT in securing a judgment that the TUPE Regulations and the Acquired Rights Directive are of trans-national effect and can apply outside the territorial scope of the European Union. He also appeared in an appeal addressing whether TUPE applies to the MOD's decision to award a military support contract in the Falkland Islands to a Dutch company. The decision of the EAT addressed the application of the Service Provision Change definition contained within TUPE 2006 for the first time in an international context. He regularly appears for and advises both employers and employees as to the likely application of TUPE
Examples of recent instructions of interest are:
Nicholas undertakes work across all facets of statutory employment law. He receives instructions on behalf of individuals, unions and employers. He is regularly instructed by UNITE, the UDM and Nautilus. He receives instructions from employers ranging from SMEs to blue chip conglomerates.
Examples of the matters in which recently he has been involved are:
Nicholas regularly applies his expertise in statutory discrimination law to claims in the education and goods and services sector in the civil courts. He is acutely aware of the similarities and, crucially the differences between, litigation of discrimination claims in the County Court as distinct from the Employment Tribunal. Examples of recent instructions of interest are:
Nicholas is a member of Littleton’s disciplinary and regulatory team and he accepts instructions in a variety of disciplinary and regulatory environments.
Many of Nicholas’ cases have been in a healthcare setting which has given him a detailed understanding in respect of internal disciplinary procedures (personal and professional conduct cases) and the developing jurisprudence concerning the court’s jurisdiction to grant injunctions to restrain either the dismissal or suspension of medical or allied professionals.
Recent examples of matters on which Nicholas has been instructed include:
Nicholas is a member of Littleton’s sports law team and accepts instructions from individuals and organisations in the ordinary courts and the relevant tribunals. Nicholas is an appointed panel member for Sports Resolutions who are the leading sports appeals/arbitration service. He is also a regular contributor of articles to LawinSport. Recent instructions include.