Nicholas Caddick QC

Year called:
Practice areas:
IP, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, Media & Entertainment, Privacy, Chancery & Commercial
Mediation & Arbitration:

"He has a calm, reassuring demeanour and provides clear, practical advice."  Chambers & Partners 2021

"He has impressive intellect and reassuring calmness"  Legal 500 2020

"He is clever, measured and calm, with excellent legal analysis." Legal 500 2019 

"He is incredibly knowledgeable and has a lot of gravitas before the court."  Chambers & Partners 2017

"An IP guru who is seriously impressive on his feet" Legal 500 2016


In brief: Nicholas was appointed QC in 2011. Before that he was on the “A" panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for 11 years. He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018 sitting in the Chancery Division and in the Patents Court.  He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

Areas of practice: Nicholas specialises in intellectual property, commercial and Chancery law. He has particular expertise where those areas of law overlap and, in particular, where intellectual property claims are affected by contractual issues, title disputes, insolvency or breaches of fiduciary duty.

Intellectual property: Nicholas' practice covers a broad range of UK and EU intellectual property rights and he has acted in both UK and General Court litigation. He has extensive experience in cases where there is a contractual dispute over intellectual property rights or the provision of IT services.  In such cases, his experience in commercial and insolvency law is invaluable.  Many of these cases raise questions of construction.  A recent example is the Stretchline v H&M Hennes & Mauritz litigation which concerned a contract settling a patent dispute and raised issues of construction of both the contract and of the underlying patent.  Having acted for the Crown in a number of cases involving breaches of confidence by Crown officers, Nicholas now regularly acts in commercial cases involving breaches of confidence.

Nicholas is a joint editor of the leading copyright textbook - Copinger & Skone James and he wrote the designs section of that book. He is also a co-author of Caddick & Longstaff‘s User's Guide to Trade Marks and Passing Off.  He frequently gives talks and seminars on intellectual property matters

Commercial/Chancery: in the commercial and chancery field Nicholas has particular experience in insolvency and property law.  Whilst he was on the Treasury “A" panel, he appeared for the Secretary of State and the Official Receiver in numerous public interest winding up and directors’ disqualification cases. He also acted for the Attorney General in test litigation over the treatment of certain types of debt in insolvency as well as in a number of charity cases.  He has also appeared in many leading property law cases and has acted for the Land Registry in relation to land registration and Indemnity issues.

In the field of probate Nicholas was, until 2015, an editor of the leading textbook - Williams Mortimer & Sunnucks on Executors, Administrators and Probate. He was also a member of the President’s Working Group on the Non-contentious Probate Rules.  

In the trusts sphere, Nicholas has acted for the Attorney General in drafting a charitable trust deed and for the Government in drafting and advising in relation to trusts governing the distribution of independent living support payments and the functioning of the Air Travel Reserve Fund. He recently represented a class of beneficiaries in litigation involving entitlement to trust money held by Equity, the actor’s union.

Teaching and speaking: Nicholas has taught intellectual property law to trainee trade mark and patent attorneys at courses run by CITMA, Queen Mary College University of London and Nottingham Trent University.  He has also taught land law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and contract and tort law at Oxford Brookes University.  He is a regular speaker at lectures and seminars run by Hogarth Chambers and at training events given 'in house' at various solicitors’ firms.

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Legal 500
"A calm presence who is highly intelligent" (2021)
"He has impressive intellect and reassuring calmness" (2020)
"He is clever, measured and calm, with excellent legal analysis." (2019)
“He has excellent knowledge and provides a very high level of service.” (2017).
“An IP guru who is seriously impressive on his feet” (2016).
“Provides excellent advice and explains matters to clients free from legal jargon.” (2015).
“He has a real ability to get under the skin of very complex problems and understand the real issues.” (2015).
Nicholas Caddick QC has “an excellent courtroom manner” (2013).

Chambers and Partners
"He is a cerebral and robust advocate. He is quick to grasp the really important points and is good at building a rapport with the lay client." (2021)
"He has a calm, reassuring demeanour and provides clear, practical advice." (2021)
"He provides down-to-earth advice and succeeds in distilling complex issues into a digestible form for clients." (2020)
“He is incredibly knowledgeable and has a lot of gravitas before the court” (2017).
“He’s able to keep on top of incredible amounts of evidence. When deluged with documents he remains calm when most would shudder under the desk gibbering” (2016).
“Nicholas Caddick has a broad and successful Chancery practice with particular emphasis on insolvency and company law. He is equally renowned for his specialism in intellectual property matters” (2014).
“Measured and comprehensive … his practice has a long reach” (2011).

Chambers Global
Dispute Resolution:
Nicholas is commended for his “strong ability, excellent presentation and superb judgement."  Commentators assert that “there is little he doesn't know about insolvency law” (2012).

Who's Who Legal 2015
Nicholas is regarded in Who’s Who Legal.



Chancery Bar Association
Intellectual Property Bar Association

Qualifications and Regulations


M.A. Jurisprudence (Oxon)
B.C.L. (Oxon)


Nicholas is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 21493).

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/014). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.




Queen's Counsel 2011.
Junior Counsel to the Crown ("A" Panel) from 1999 until 2010.
​Deputy High Court Judge 2018

Human Interest

Nicholas is married with two children and lives in Hampshire.
He is a keen horse rider and a (now) occasional rugby player. He also plays cricket (pretty badly).