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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: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel West - RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Within: Professional discipline

For some clients, RadcliffesLeBrasseur 'has probably the most experienced lawyers in London for solicitors' disciplinary cases; the team always provides a first-class service'. In addition, the group assists healthcare professionals in relation to conduct, health and competence issues, including reputation concerns and criminal allegations. It recently added police professional discipline to its offering, with the arrival of Tom Nutter in its Leeds office from Slater and Gordon. Alex Leslie is focused on advising professionals working in the NHS; Sam Flew advises healthcare professionals on regulatory, disciplinary and criminal investigations and prosecutions; Nigel West is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation head; and Susanna Heley specialises in regulatory law and professionals. Also key to the team are Stewart Duffy and consultant Linda Lee.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

RadcliffesLeBrasseur routinely acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants on various high-value and complex trusts and estates in the UK and overseas. Key areas of expertise include advising on applications to remove or substitute personal representatives as well as claims relating to breach of trustees powers and duties or claims relating to negligent trustees. Jonathan Shankland and Dominic Green are the names to note. Nigel West is another known name for his advice to various ultra-high-net-worth clients on their personal and corporate litigation matters.

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