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Mr Nick Pointon

Senior Lecturer


Nick joined the Law School in Penryn as a Senior Lecturer in 2021. Prevoiusly, Nick was a barrister (2010 Call, Lincoln's Inn) and practised at the Commercial and Chancery Bar for 11 years. During that time he was also a Senior Associate Tutor at the University of Bristol. He remains an Associate Academic Member of St John's Chambers in Bristol. Nick is also a member of the Lexis Nexis PSL panel of experts and has written numerous guides and precedents in the field of private international law.

Nick's practice at the Bar saw him specialise in offshore litigation and private international law, advising and representing litigants in litigation and arbitration around the world. He has particular experience of litigation in the Channel Islands, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Delaware, New York, Singapore and Dubai, as well as before the English courts. Nick's appellate work has taken him through the appeal courts of numerous jurisdictions, up to and including the Privy Council. 

Nick is the Year 3 Co-ordinator of the LLB Law with Business programme at the Penryn Campus. He convenes the Equity & Trusts, Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance units and takes a lead on the development of advocacy skills and opportunities for Penryn's students. 

He has been ranked as a leading barrister in all major directories since 2015. Recent directory quotes include:

"A forensic barrister with a brilliant mind." Legal 500 2022, Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is a rising star at the Chancery Bar. Highly regarded both when advising and as an advocate. He is not afraid to say what he thinks" Chambers UK 2021, Chancery

"His black letter legal knowledge is fantastic; he's exceptionally well read and up to date." Chambers UK 2021, Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Punches way above his call. A recognised expert on international arbitration." Spears 500, 2021

"Nick provides expert advice on all chancery and commercial matters. He is able to cut through highly complex matters and distil them, keeping everyone on track." Chambers UK 2020, Chancery

"Very sharp, clear and to the point, without hiding behind flowery language or being too verbose. He's also very commercially aware, pragmatic and sensible. He has a knack for digesting and assimilating complex areas of law very quickly and bringing interesting and unique arguments." Chambers UK 2020, Commercial Dispute Resolution 

"Simply exceptional on paper and dominating in the courtroom" Chambers UK 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He's a class act who is really good at the detail - he just oozes ability" Chambers UK 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution

During his Bar school studies, Nick was Lord Mansfield scholar of Lincoln's Inn and a recipient of a Hardwicke entrance award. He has won numerous prizes for academic performance and subsequently led and represented a cohort of aspiring barristers on a Lincoln's Inn visit to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He continues to write and speak at conferences and other events, both in the UK and overseas.

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