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Nicholas Padfield QC has been a Silk for 28 years.  He has been called to the Bar in various jurisdictions, where he has appeared as Leading Counsel, including the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Malaysia, Isle of Man, Anguilla, Antigua, St Kitts, Nevis, Gibraltar and Sabah.

His first five years of practice were spent acting for all government departments as the Treasury Devil’s devil, when Lord Slynn of Hadley was the Treasury Devil, whose room he shared as well as his workload, as a pupil and tenant of One Hare Court, where he spent most of his professional life.

He has also acted in an advisory capacity in Australia (Melbourne), Egypt (Cairo), USA (Maryland, Baltimore, New York and Chicago), Canada (Toronto), Singapore, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Pakistan, India, Jamaica, Jersey, St Lucia, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Barbados.

He has a principally appellate practice both in the UK and internationally. He has a substantial Privy Council practice, with inevitable Supreme Court appearances, as a consequence of which he has received further instructions from the States from which his Privy Council instructions originated.

His recent instructions have involved advising on MPs’ expenses, Brexit, and Windrush during the recent Commonwealth Conference in 2018. He is involved at present in a number of substantial commercial disputes which involve the public liability of the Government, as well as Government owned entities.  He has also acted for celebrities whose reputation has been defamed by the media, by photographs, online and in print.  A recent instruction was advising a State in relation to the unlawful killing of its citizens as the basis of a State Referral to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Areas of specialisation include commercial law, international and domestic arbitration, trans-national litigation, public and private international law, banking and financial instruments, international trusts, insurance, off shore disputes, judicial review, extradition and immigration law, human rights, constitutional and administrative law, university law, peerage law, building and engineering, oil refineries and tunnels.  A particular speciality of his is blood stock and stud syndication, where he has advised owners of bloodstock all over the world including Stavros Niarchos, Prince Abdullah and Lady Beaverbrook, the Curragh, Tattersalls, Wetherby’s, Members of the Jockey Club, Lester Piggott and his family, and various trainers.


Year of Call 1972
QC 1991




  • Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple 1993.

  • Member of the Executive Committee and Year Book Editor.

  • Former Director of Professional Ethics and Advocacy, Inner Temple. Inter-Inns’ Advocacy Committee Member (Inner Temple).

  • Deputy High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division and the Administrative Court, the specialist division of the Queen’s Bench, dealing specifically with judicial review, human rights and constitutional law.

  • Recorder of the Crown Court.

  • Past Chairman of the CIArb. (London Branch).

  • Past Chairman of the Commonwealth and Ethnic Barristers’ Association.

  • Trustee and Member of the Advisory Council of the Lord Slynn European Law Foundation.

  • Member of the Advisory Council of the International Council for Capital Formation (Brussels and Washington).

  • Deputy Chairman, Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Conservative Party.


  • University College, Oxford, BA (Hons), MA (Oxon).

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge, LLB, LLM (Cantab), International Law. Standing Counsel to Cambridge University.


The Garrick
Vincent’s Club
The Frewen Club
Oxford, the City and Westminster Club  
Nevis Jockey Club.