Nicholas Heaton > Hogan Lovells International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Work Department

Competition Law: Litigation (London (Firms)
Pensions Litigation (UK-wide)




Nicholas leads the ‘excellent, top-notch’ competition litigation practice in London. His extensive experience litigating before the High Court and the Competition Appeals Tribunal enables him to represent clients in a wide range of industries, from financial and industrial to transport and technology. 

Nicholas is a commercial litigator and a recognized leader in the fields of Antitrust and Competition Litigation, Pensions litigation, and professional liability litigation. His depth of experience gives Nicholas a true understanding of the client’s issues.

If you are facing a pensions dispute, then Nicholas is a go-to litigator. Nicholas “regularly features in the headline pensions disputes in any given year” and his experience includes the full range of pension-related proceedings. His cases often result in ground-breaking decisions with far-reaching implications. Nicholas is an active member of the Pensions Litigation Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers and regularly comments on pension and professional indemnity issues.  

Nicholas is described as ‘technically brilliant’ in the field of professional negligence. His legal representation covers lawyers, accountants, pensions professionals, actuaries, and investment managers. Nicholas’ wealth of experience means he can guide clients through any issue they may face.

Nicholas’ involvement at the leading edge of legal developments allows him to keep his clients fully informed. Nicholas and the team have been on the front line addressing the new Consumer Rights Act, working to inform clients of the implications for their businesses. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Nicholas’ work is recognized amongst both peers and clients and sees him ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers in the areas of Competition Litigation, Pensions Litigation, and professional liability.


Committee Member, London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)

Committee Member (Pensions Litigation Committee), Association of Pensions Lawyers (APL)

Co-Chair IBA Working Group on Antitrust Litigation


B.Sc., University of Exeter, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Nicholas HeatonHogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘first-class, extremely knowledgeable and on the ball‘ team focuses on high-profile regulatory cases, often coordinating proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, utilising the firm’s international office network. The group has substantial experience before the pensions regulator, including in relation to less common cases relating to financial support direction. Taking the lead is ‘top of the treeAngela Dimsdale Gill, who spearheads the team’s representation of ITV in complex pensions regulatory proceedings. ‘Absolutely class actNicholas Heaton acts for a mixture of trustees, employers, pensions advisors and public bodies in regulatory actions, trustee applications for directions, rectification claims and professional liability matters. The ‘energeticMatthew Bullen is another contentious pensions expert, and provides the advisory pensions group with litigation support. Counsel Nathan Sherlock is also recommended for pensions regulatory disputes.

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

Nicholas HeatonHogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is home to a ‘very thorough and pro-active team’, with specialists in pensions professional negligence disputes, as well as legal and financial professional negligence, advising both law firms and those bringing claims against law firms. The team draws on the wider firm’s expansive global network, allowing them to effectively handle multi-jurisdictional cases. Nicholas Heaton leads the team – his experience involves substantial liability claims against professionals including solicitors, actuaries, consultants and accountants. Angela Dimsdale Gill‘s expertise is within the pensions sector, with a history of advising claimants and defendants. Matthew Bullen  and counsel Nathan Sherlock  are other notable team members.

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

(Leading individuals)

Nicholas HeatonHogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts in high-profile damages claims, abuse of dominance claims, behavioural matters and collective actions. The latter includes the firm’s work defending Korean Air against one of the largest cartel damages actions ever brought in Europe. Practice head and seasoned litigator Nicholas Heaton has particular expertise in defending cartel damages claims and coordinating defence strategies across multiple jurisdictions. Alice Wallace-Wright, who has ‘excellent strategic judgment’, is one of the key leads in maintaining the firm’s relationship with major client Vodafone.