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Work 020 7822 2000
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Nicholas Bacon QC

Work 020 7822 2000
4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)


Leading Silk in costs work. For almost 20 years he has been recognised as one of the best-known leading barristers in his specialised field of costs. Appeared in practically all of the most important costs funding cases in recent years and continues to be a leading Silk in the field. He dominates this market with a hugely impressive bank of leading cases to his name. 2016/17 has been no exception with both Supreme Court (Denise Brewer v. NILGOSC and Dept of Environment NI [UK 2014-180] and Court of Appeal cases to his name: Sean Philips v. Carol Willis [2016] EWCA Civ 40;  Qader v. Esure [2016] EWCA Civ 1109; Littlestone v.Macleish [2016] EWCA Civ 127, Essar Oilfields Services v. Norscott Rig Management [2016] EWHC 2361, retained by the claimants in respect of costs in Arcadia, Marks and Spencer, Tesco v. Visa Inc & Visa Europe multilateral interchange fees claims and for the claimants in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation continuing the 2014/2015 theme of a string of leading appeal cases to note including the Supreme Court:  Coventry v. Lawrence (Bar Council ) [2015] 1 WLR 3485;  Wyatt v. Vince (costs) [2015] 1 WLR 1228;  Marley v. Rawlings [2015] AC 157, [2014] UKSC 51 and other significant appeal cases including Ahmud & Co v. MacPherson [2015] EWHC 2240;  O’Brien v. Michael Shorrock and MIB [2015] 4 Costs LO 439.  In the Court of Appeal he appeared in Kanat Assaubayev v. Michael Wilson & Partners [2015] CP Rep 10; [2015] PNLR 8;  News Group Newspapers in the seminal case of Mitchell v. NGN (“plebgate”) 2013 CA; Brown Quinn v. Equity Management, 2013 CA; Heron v. MTG, 2013 CA.


Called 1992; Inner Temple; High Court assessor on costs appeals. Former Member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee. Contributing editor to Halsburys ‘Laws of England’ (costs), Civil Courts Practice ‘Green Book’; Butterworths’ ‘Costs Service’ and ‘Civil Courts Precedents’; author of ‘Assessments of Costs under CPR’ (2001) and ‘Taxation and Assessment of Civil Costs’ (1998); co-author of ‘The Bar Handbook’ (2008-2014). Assessor to Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Fixed Costs.


French (working knowledge).


Civil Procedure Rules committee, various Jackson Implementation committees; Bar Council Remuneration committees; Joint Tribunal (Bar Council/Law Society) on fee disputes; Bar Council CFA Panel; PNBA.


Boys’ High School, Colchester; Essex University (LLB Law).



London Bar


Within: Costs – Leading silks

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareAlways brings that little bit extra to every case.

Within: Costs

The ‘quick’ and ‘efficient4 New Square has ‘some of the best barristers in their field’ and ‘is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile for a successful outcome’. Nicholas Bacon QC advised on the leapfrog appeal of Budana vs Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trusts, which concerned how a solicitor’s retainer under a conditional fee agreement is transferred from one firm to another, and on Essar Oilfields Services Ltd vs Norscott Rig Management, which brought about issues surrounding third party costs in arbitration.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Nicholas Bacon QC - 4 New SquareHis work includes solicitors regulation advice.

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