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Nick Vineall KC was called to the Bar in 1988 and took silk in 2006. He has a broad commercial, FS, shipping, and offshore construction practice and has appeared at all levels of UK Courts and in arbitrations all over the world. He sits as an arbitrator, and sat as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court and the TCC from 2017 to 2022.
Nick is ranked as a leading silk in the directories (UK, Global and Asia-Pacific) in six practice areas: Commercial Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Financial Services, Shipping and Commodities, Energy and Natural Resources, and Construction.
Nick was joint head of chambers from 2017 to 2022, and was Chair of the Bar of England and Wales in 2023. He is a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Nick has been instructed in many of the leading cases at Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level on the process of dispute resolution by courts, in arbitration, and by mediation.
Nick appeared for the Bar Council in the Court of Appeal case of Merthyr Tydfil v Churchill, which considered whether the earlier CA case of Halsey was right to suggest that compulsory mediation could never be lawful.
In Haliburton v Chubb  UKSC 48, the leading case on arbitrators’ duties of disclosure, Nick represented the LMAA in the Supreme Court.
Nick acted for the FCA in the Supreme Court in FCA v Sinaloa Gold 2013 UKSC 11, the leading case on cross-undertakings in damages when regulators seek freezing order relief.
RBRG Trading v Sinocore,  EWCA Civ 838 is the leading case on the public policy exception to enforcement of foreign arbitral awards on the ground of fraud. Nick acted for the Chinese company successfully pursuing enforcement despite having forged bills of lading in an attempt to secure payment.
As a junior he appeared in the leading (pre-CPR) case on resiling from admissions, Gale v Superdrug  1 WLR 1089, and, in the days of automatic striking out of County Court cases, Anderton v Clwyd 2002 EWCA Civ 933 on the date of deemed service.
Nick has acted for sanctioned entities challenging sanctions, and for businesses threatened by sanctions imposed on their counterparties, and acted for the so-called Maduro Board in the long-running dispute over $4bn of Venezuelan state-owned gold held at the Bank of England.
Nick led the Supreme Court team in Maduro Board v Guaido Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela, , which is the leading case both on the concept of Recognition of foreign states or Presidents, and on the scope of the doctrine of Foreign Act of State.
Nick acted for the Iranian Bank Mellat’s shareholders, and then for Bank Mellat following the successful appeal to the Supreme Court which established that the Bank had been unlawfully sanctioned. The damages claim against the UK government was settled for €91m, thought to the largest sum ever paid for a breach of convention rights- Bank Mellat v HM Treasury  UKSC 39.
Nick recently acted for a Norwegian ferry company which was having four large ferries built in Turkey, financed by a Russian bank. When the bank was sanctioned, the ferry company was not allowed to maintain its loan repayments. Nick led the team that secured injunctions and declaratory relief preventing the bank from foreclosing and permitting the vessels to be delivered and to continue to trade- Havila Kystruten v STLC  EWHC 3166 (Comm).
Nick has over 30 years’ experience acting on FSMA (and before that FSA and Banking Act) claims across a broad range of authorisation and enforcement proceedings involving the regulator, as well as consumer claims against providers and related professional negligence claims for and against advisers and promoters.
Nick has extensive experience of urgent interlocutory relief, and recently acted on behalf of private Chinese family fund who needed to secure funds they had invested in very questionable investment vehicles. He also acted for victims of the Fifth Avenue Partners investment fraud orchestrated by Michael Brown, in their claim against Lloyds Bank.
Nick has acted on claims in relation to the collapse of the Woodford funds, the collapse of the Arch cru Funds, pension transfers, tax mitigation schemes, interest rate swaps, collective investment schemes, death bonds, Ponzi frauds, landbanking and boiler room frauds, in addition to the mis-selling of rather less exotic products. He frequently advises on perimeter points concerning investment and/or insurance products, and has advised on the regulatory status of Sharia-compliant investment products.
Nick represented Robert Tchenguiz in litigation with both IG Index and CMC Spreadbet.
Nick acted for the FCA in the two leading CA cases on pension transfers and the interpretation of RAO 25,26 and 53, Adams v Options SIPP  EWCA Civ 474 and FCA v Avacade  EWCA Civ 1206.
Other appeal cases include:
Much of this work has been in international arbitration and Nick has very extensive experience of ship and rig building disputes, mostly in LMAA arbitration, and has acted on a number of arbitration act appeal including for the successful Respondent in Mur Shipping v Louis Dreyfus  2 Lloyds 153 which deals with time bars in the NYPE form, and in Sun United v Kasteli Marine  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 386, an Arbitration Act appeal from a charterparty dispute establishing that section 67 appeals are not available where an issue has been submitted to the tribunal but not resolved by it.
He has dealt with many claims on both performance and refund guarantees and was on the Respondent’s team for the Supreme Court in Shanghai Shipping v Reignwood until the claim settled.
Most work is in arbitration, so details are confidential. Examples include:
There is obvious overlap here with offshore engineering work. Nick particularly enjoys cases raising technical scientific or engineering issues, likes cross-examining technical experts, and even likes Excel spreadsheets.
Nick sits as an arbitrator as well as acting as Arbitration counsel, mostly in Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore. About half of his work is in arbitral tribunals, predominantly LCIA, ICC or LMAA.
He has appeared in a number of cases concerning arbitration practice and procedure including Halliburton v Chubb  UKSC 48 in the Supreme Court on arbitrators’ duties of disclosure, RBRG Trading v Sinocore  EWCA Civ 838 in the Court of Appeal on fraud as a bar to enforcement on public policy grounds, Mur Shipping v Louis Dreyfus  2 Lloyds 153 which deals with time bars in the NYPE form, and Sun United v Kasteli Marine  2 Lloyd’s Rep. 386, an Arbitration Act appeal from a charterparty dispute establishing that section 67 appeals are not available where an issue has been submitted to the tribunal but not resolved by it.
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