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Nigel West

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Work Department

Commercial Litigation
Solicitors Regulation


Nigel is a Partner and heads the commercial litigation department. He has a niche practice specialising in defence work for solicitors facing disciplinary proceedings. He advises solicitors and legal practices on the disciplinary process from SRA investigations to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings and appeals. Nigel’s work includes: successfully defending a solicitor facing a money laundering complaint in the SDT; appealing a strike off for dishonesty and obtaining the SRA’s consent to a High Court order quashing the SDT’s decision and directing a re-hearing; acting for a solicitor facing SDT proceedings for transactions allegedly bearing hallmarks of mortgage fraud and negotiating the withdrawal of proceedings through a Regulatory Settlement Agreement; appealing an SRA intervention and obtaining a consent order withdrawing the intervention resolution; obtaining the reversal of an Adjudicator’s Decision severely reprimanding a solicitor for breach of confidentiality.


Nigel is a co-author of the Law Society’s book on 'The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal – law and practice'. He is a contributing editor to the solicitors’ regulation section of Cordery on Legal Services, and the cases editor for The Law Society’s Legal Compliance Bulletin.


Nigel is a committee member of the Solicitors' Assistance Scheme and a member of The Law Society’s Regulatory Processes Committee. He sits as a Defence Representative on the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Users Group. He is also a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has ‘a small, but perfectly formed team’ that advises corporate clients in relation to the internal investigations and proceedings instituted by regulatory and prosecuting bodies such as the SFO, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), FCA and HMRC. It has recently advised on cases of breach of fiduciary duty and money laundering. Nigel West  heads the team, supported by Anil Rajani who is ‘a most effective and bright lawyer who thinks strategically with the end result always in mind’. Rajani has ‘decades of experience in this field and a stellar reputation’. Stuart Lindley is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel West - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Within: Professional discipline

With offices in London, Leeds and Cardiff, RadcliffesLeBrasseur has specialist teams for corporate investigations, healthcare professionals (including doctors and dentists) and solicitors regulation. Alex Leslie  is the head of the healthcare professionals team and his main area of work is advising professionals working in the NHS on regulatory, disciplinary, employment and ethical issues; and Nigel West  is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation head and advises legal professionals and practices on the disciplinary process surrounding Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations and Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) proceedings and appeals. Other names to note are Susanna Heley, who specialises in regulatory law and professional disciplinary work for solicitors and other legal professionals; Stewart Duffy , whose specialist work involves regulatory and disciplinary matters for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals; and consultant Linda Lee, who frequently acts in SDT proceedings. 

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

RadcliffesLeBrasseur's Nigel West  is a ‘highly experienced senior lawyer who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and commercial judgement to litigation and works hard to find a satisfactory solution to the client’s case’. The ‘very client-focused’ Jonathan Shankland is recommended for his ‘excellent tax knowledge’. The team acts on behalf of executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependents on high-value and complex trusts and estates both in the UK and overseas.

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