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Nicholas Taggart

Nicholas Taggart


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Nic Taggart has been acknowledged by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a top-tier “leading junior" in real estate litigation for over ten years.

Nic is principally a specialist in commercial property law.  Over the years, he has been involved in a number of high-profile matters concerning properties such as London’s former County Hall, the “London Eye”, the regeneration of Liverpool Docks, The Westfield White City Shopping Centre, the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Bluewater, the Saatchi Gallery, BBC New Broadcasting House, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ashford International Station, the London Olympic Village, The Manchester Ship Canal, Stamford Bridge Stadium, Wentworth Club and the Buncefield oil terminal.

He is a leading practitioner in disputes under the Electronic Communications Code.  He has significant experience in dealing with other forms of wayleave and real property rights associated with various forms of infrastructure.

Nic likes getting involved in the more unusual aspects of property law, such as mining and mineral rights, manorial rights, royal charter rights, bona vacantia and land law issues arising in respect of watercourses, ports, piers and harbours.

Nic is a qualified arbitrator and also acts frequently as a legal assessor or as an independent expert in property and property-related insurance disputes.

Landlord & Tenant

The majority of Nic’s work involves the full spectrum of commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He has a very great deal of experience in all aspects of this work, but particularly in respect the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, property guarantees, dilapidations, break clauses, forfeiture, and rent review (including turnover rents). Some of Nic’s more interesting landlord and tenant cases can be seen here.

Real Property

Nic’s practice encompasses all aspects of real property work, both contentious and non-contentious, covering the all usual and most of the unusual aspects of real property law. He has extensive experience of advising is relation to transactional matters, where his skills in anticipating and avoiding problems come to the fore. For further information on Nic’s real property experience, please click here.

The Electronic Communications Code and Wayleaves

Nic has a significant experience in the real property aspects of telecommunications law, especially under the Electronic Communications Code. His expertise in this area was recognised by the Law Commission in its 2012 Consultation Paper on reform of the Code, although he is relieved that only one of his suggestions for reform was taken up.  His 2016 lecture to the RICS Telecommunications Conference on the new draft then before Parliament was influential in getting the proposed valuation assumptions redrafted.  Nic advises mostly telecommunications network providers. For further information, click here.

Environmental Law

Nicholas’s environmental practice is an adjunct of his real property practice. His work in this area includes dealing with nuisance claims, and the conveyancing of contaminated land. For further information, please click here.

Professional Risk

Nic acts in professional negligence claims, where they arise from property related matters or transactions, both for claimants and insurers. He also acts as an independent expert in respect of disputes between insurers and their insured in property-related professional negligence claims involving both barristers and solicitors. For further information, please click here.

What the directories say...

Chambers & Partners, 2017: “Easy-going, dependable barrister with a wealth of experience across the property sector. He is always a delight to work with and well liked by clients. He anticipates the next step and you find he'll have already prepared before you have finished instructing him."

Legal 500, 2016: “He provides encyclopaedic knowledge of everything property litigation related with good humour.”

For previous years' recommendationsplease click here.

About Nic

Away from the law, Nic is a devotee of proper relaxation. His interests include reading military history books, listening to music not popular since the 1980s and doggedly supporting the Williams F1 team.