Nicholas spearheads our China offices’ cross-border dispute resolution efforts. He frequently advises and represents clients in international and local arbitrations conducted under various institutional and ad-hoc arbitration rules including those of SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, LMAA, CIETAC, ICC and UNCITRAL. Nicholas also has extensive experience in advising on issues relating to the enforcement of Court judgments and arbitral award in various jurisdictions across Asia and Europe.
Having been based previously in Shanghai with Clyde & Co up till most recently holding the position as Head of the China Practice Group of another leading international law firm's Singapore office, Nicholas has more than a decade's experience working in the China market and combines a deep understanding of the Chinese business environment with his strong international background and multi-lingual skills. This accounts for his reputation amongst China-based clients, comprising state-owned enterprises and large private entities, whom he advises on all aspects of dispute resolution, including international arbitration and complex cross-border litigation. Having practised at the Singapore bar before relocating overseas, Nicholas continues to spend significant time in Singapore assisting China-based and international clients on Singapore-related matters.
Nicholas is also qualified as an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. His experience in mediation means that he is able to provide vigorous reality testing where appropriate and at the same time remain pragmatic towards the contesting parties’ commercial needs.
Nicholas is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and seminars and has been invited to speak in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and in major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Hangzhou and Dalian.
Apart from English, Nicholas speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Fujianese.