Nick Williams is effective, calm and measured; he is persuasive in court and earned their trust Chambers UK, 2023


Nick is a partner in Ogier's Jersey Dispute Resolution team specialising in contentious restructuring, contentious trusts matters and cross-border commercial litigation. He leads the Jersey Dispute Resolution team and co-chairs the firm's global Regulatory Group.
  • Background & experience

    Nick is recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500 for dispute resolution, with clients consistently highlighting the commercial and practical nature of his advice.

    Nick has a broad experience of complex and often multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation.  Nick's practice and recent experience includes:

    Contentious and semi-contentious trust work - Nick advises on a range of trust and fiduciary matters including in relation to trustee duties and powers, rights of beneficiaries, breaches of trust, validity of trust instruments and mistake/Hastings Bass applications.  His clients include many of the major trust companies in Jersey, and he frequently advises on complex and high value structures.  Nick specialises in applications to the Jersey Royal Court in connection with trust issues.  Recent experience includes the exercise of Trustee powers and duties in the context of family disputes and divorces.

    Contentious regulatory and enforcement matters - Nick advises financial services clients on the scope of their regulatory duties, as well as on related questions of civil and criminal liability.  Nick advised a major client in relation to a significant regulatory investigation undertaken by the Jersey Financial Services Commission and associated enforcement remedies.

    Contentious restructuring and insolvency - Nick has successfully acted for applicants in a range of contentious insolvency matters.  Nick acted for Grant Thornton as liquidators in the just and equitable winding-up of Huelin Renouf Shipping.  He also acted for EVIC, the minority shareholder applicant in the successful winding up of a closed-ended fund (the first fund in Jersey to be wound-up on the basis of loss of substratum).  Nick is currently acting for liquidators of an insolvent company, in breach of duty claims against former directors.  He has general experience in cross-border insolvency issues, and in advising both companies and liquidators on insolvency issues generally.

    Corporate and fund litigation - Nick advises on a broad range of corporate issues including directors’ duties and shareholder rights. In particular, Nick has acted both for and against companies in minority shareholder actions (both statutory unfair prejudice and common law derivative actions).  Nick has also acted in connection with a number of non-contentious company applications, including the two largest ever Jersey Shareholder Schemes of Arrangement.

    Nick joined Ogier in 2007, having previously practised in England with Clifford Chance.  He was admitted as a Jersey Advocate in 2010, and became a Partner in 2013.

    Admitted in:
    2010 - Jersey
    2003 - England and Wales


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  • Recognition

    Nick Williams is effective, calm and measured; he is persuasive in court and earned their trust Chambers UK, 2023
    hard working, willing to spend time to delve into the details of the case and then focuses on the important issues Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Inspires confidence, and provides sound, solutions-based advice Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2023
    Calm and measured courtroom style. Diligent and thorough. Legal 500 UK, 2022
    Team of the Year – Litigation Citywealth IFC Awards 2022
    An excellent advocate with an eye for the points that will interest the court and how to present them as persuasively as possible. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Has good strategic sense and is a skilled advocate. Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2021
    Private Client Global Elite Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2021
    Very attentive and helpful in explaining the process, responsive and very knowledgeable Chambers UK, 2020
    Unflappable and a calm advocate Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Notable practitioner IFLR 1000 2020
    Private Client Global Elite Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2019
    Nick assisted with explaining the process of bringing the court application in a clear, easy to understand manner, taking the trustee through each stage with ease and keeping us abreast of costs at regular intervals Citywealth Leaders List, 2019
    Very good and bright Chambers UK, 2019
    A very capable litigator. Chambers UK, 2018
    He has an excellent service ethic, his advice is timely and logically structured Citywealth Leaders List, 2018
    Consistently provides sensible and well-balanced advice on regulatory matters. Legal 500 UK, 2017
    My experience of working with Nick Williams is that he has an excellent service ethic, his advice is timely and logically structured. Nick keeps an eye on the commercial realities of the work he is asked to undertake. I have no hesitation in recommending Nick as an adviser. Citywealth Leaders List, 2017
    proactive and diplomatic Chambers UK, 2017
    Firm without being provocative.... demonstrates a great ability to ensure perspectives are maintained in situations that can become inflamed. Chambers UK, 2017
    Bright and thoughtful ... extremely pleasant to deal with. Legal 500, 2016
    Pragmatic and particularly responsive to client needs Legal 500, 2015
    Up and coming Chambers UK, 2016
    Knowledgeable, forthright, doesn't duck asking his clients difficult questions and makes them think everything through Chambers UK, 2016
    very helpful, commercial, thoughtful and available where needed. Client feedback, 2016
    The team made themselves available and delivered when we asked them to deliver. Client feedback, 2016
    Extremely Solid Legal 500, 2014
    Recommended Legal 500, 2013
    Top 35 under 35 Private Client Practitioner 2010
    It was his mastery of the complex legal issues that we were dealing with and how he applied his skill to our operation. Client feedback
    He was just available and he knew his stuff Client feedback
    Nick Williams led the matter very well Client feedback
    The difference was that I felt Nick Williams was on the journey with me Client feedback
    Proactive, commercial and easy to deal with Client feedback