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Nic is principally a specialist in commercial property law. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of high-profile matters concerning properties such as London’s former County Hall, the “London Eye”, the regeneration of Liverpool Docks, The Westfield White City Shopping Centre, the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Bluewater, the Saatchi Gallery, BBC New Broadcasting House, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ashford International Station, the London Olympic Village, The Manchester Ship Canal, Stamford Bridge Stadium, Wentworth Club and the Buncefield oil terminal.
He is a leading practitioner in disputes under the Electronic Communications Code. He has significant experience in dealing with other forms of wayleave and real property rights associated with various forms of infrastructure.
Nic likes getting involved in the more unusual aspects of property law, such as mining and mineral rights, manorial rights, royal charter rights, bona vacantia and land law issues arising in respect of watercourses, ports, piers and harbours.
Nic is a qualified arbitrator and also acts frequently as a legal assessor or as an independent expert in property and property-related insurance disputes.
Landlord & Tenant
The majority of Nic’s work involves the full spectrum of commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He has a very great deal of experience in all aspects of this work, but particularly in respect the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, property guarantees, dilapidations, break clauses, forfeiture, and rent review (including turnover rents).
Nic’s practice encompasses all aspects of real property work, both contentious and non-contentious, covering the all usual and most of the unusual aspects of real property law. He has extensive experience of advising is relation to transactional matters, where his skills in anticipating and avoiding problems come to the fore.
The Electronic Communications Code and Wayleaves
Nic has a significant experience in the real property aspects of telecommunications law, especially under the Electronic Communications Code. His expertise in this area was recognised by the Law Commission in its 2012 Consultation Paper on reform of the Code, although he is relieved that only one of his suggestions for reform was taken up. His 2016 lecture to the RICS Telecommunications Conference on the new draft then before Parliament was influential in getting the proposed valuation assumptions redrafted. Nic advises mostly telecommunications network providers.
Nic’s environmental practice is an adjunct of his real property practice. His work in this area includes dealing with nuisance claims, and the conveyancing of contaminated land.
Nic acts in professional negligence claims, where they arise from property related matters or transactions, both for claimants and insurers. He also acts as an independent expert in respect of disputes between insurers and their insured in property-related professional negligence claims involving both barristers and solicitors.
Nic has been a co-opted member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee since 2015, a co-opted member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Dilapidations Forum Steering Group since 2017 and a co-opted member of the Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation since 2019.
Between 2008 and 2013, Nic was a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Oxford, teaching part of the “Commercial Leases” course to undergraduate Jurisprudence students. Previously, he has been a lecturer in land law to undergraduate law students at the LSE and a tutor in land law to bar students at the Inns of Court School of Law.
Chancery Bar Association, the Property Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (MHKIArb).
University College, London (LLB); Wadham College, Oxford (BCL).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Taggart –Landmark Chambers ‘Nic writes the best opinions in the real estate legal business. His grasp of all areas of property law is immense and none come close in this area. He possesses the advantage of a professional mindset mixed with strong commercial acumen. ’