Nicholas Grundy KC

“Nick’s advocacy is nothing short of awe-inspiring – he formulates persuasive arguments delivered in exactly the correct manner, whatever the case.”

“Nicholas is able to explain complex issues to lay clients in a manner which ensures that they understand the issues at hand. He is our first choice for complex housing management cases.”

The Legal 500 Uk 2023 and Chambers UK Bar 2023


Nicholas Grundy KC is a Property, Public Law and Human Rights specialist. Nick is head of Five Paper’s Real Property Practice Group and is a member of the Housing, Landlord and Tenant and Public Law Groups, his property experience is very wide, ranging from cases where property and public law interact to commercial development.

Nick is recommended as a leading silk in the latest editions of Chambers UK and Legal 500. In 2020 he was short-listed by Legal 500 for Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the year at the Legal 500 UK Awards.

As well as acting in the precedent-setting case of Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd [2015] UKSC 15, the leading case on the correct approach to disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, Nick has enjoyed a recent string of successes in the Court of Appeal in cases concerning construction of property statutes, including: Global 100 Ltd v Laleva [2021] – CPR 55.8(2); Gateway HA v Ali [2020] EWCA Civ 1339 – the Law of Property (Misc. Provisions) Act 1994, s. 18; LB Haringey v Simawi [2019] EWCA Civ 1770 – rights of succession under the Housing Act 1985; Livewest HA v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174 – the Housing Act 1988, s. 21(1A) and (1B) and Toms v Ruberry [2019] EWCA Civ 128 – the Law of Property Act 1925, s. 146.

Nick believes that as a Silk it is his role to provide effective leadership and identify the goals in achieving the best outcome for the client. Nick’s team skills were developed rowing for Cambridge in the 1987 and 1988 Boat Races; he was described by the renowned Oxford Coach, Dan Topolski as “the hardest man in either crew”. Nick has developed good leadership skills: He was Head of Chambers between 2010 and 2018. He resigned after he had achieved the reform of Chambers he regarded as essential.


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