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


Nick is a Property, Public Law, Equality and Human Rights specialist. Nick has particular expertise in statutory interpretation. Nick is head of Five Paper’s Real Property Practice Group and a member of the Housing, Landlord and Tenant and Public Law Groups.

He regularly acts for public bodies in cases where property and public law interact: e.g. Simawi v LB Haringey & SoS CLG (intervening) [2019] EWCA Civ 1770, where he successfully argued that the rules relating to succession to council tenancies were compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

He also acts for commercial entities: e.g. he was successful in the Court of Appeal for Global 100 Limited in establishing, amongst other things, that defences to possession proceedings should, where appropriate, be determined summarily: See Global 100 Limited v Laleva [2021] EWCA Civ 1835.

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.

Nick’s approach
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, considering it healthy for someone else to have an opportunity to influence the direction of Five Paper.


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