Nicholas has practised for over 25 years. From July 2014 to August 2017, he led the Clayton Utz national commercial litigation practice, and is now on the firm's board of directors. He has extensive experience in managing complex litigation in commercial disputes, class actions, securities law, cartel claims, fraud and tax disputes. He represents domestic and foreign corporate and banking clients in regulatory investigations, Royal Commissions of Inquiry and follow on regulatory enforcement action/prosecutions and civil litigation.
Nicholas represents a number of Australian banks in their response to complex investigations undertaken by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), and the Australian Tax Office; and in the recent Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services.
Specific examples of his work include the defence of a leading Australian bank against an ASIC prosecution alleging market manipulation in the BBSW financial market; and the successful representation of another leading Australia bank in relation to ASIC's investigation of its financial planning services.
He represented an international ratings agency in a series of class actions involving the ratings of products, and is currently acting for a number of banking and financial services clients defending class actions.
He has been recognised by his peers in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific. He has been consistently recognised in Best Lawyers Australia for alternative dispute resolution (2014-2018), litigation (2013-2018), class action litigation (2015-2018) and regulatory practice (2014-2018).