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Bruce-Smith, Nikolas

Nikolas Bruce-Smith

Of Counsel

nikolasbrucesmith@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2023
London
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Nikolas Bruce-Smith is an Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s London office.  He joined the firm in 2017.  Nikolas’s practice covers a wide range of large complex commercial litigation, with experience acting for both claimants and defendants in every stage of the litigation process (with a particular focus on English High Court disputes, alongside significant trial experience, arising out of administrations, liquidations and other corporate failures). 

Nikolas has been named one of the Legal 500’s “Recommended Individuals” for Tier 1 ‘Commercial Litigation: Premium’.  Legal 500 recorded in its 2024 edition, that:

'Nikolas Bruce- Smith is an excellent litigator and very personable. He has an excellent grasp of multiple complicated workstreams and facts.'

In 2022, Nikolas was recognised as the Senior Associate responsible for two of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases of 2022’.

Nikolas’s clients include funds, large international corporates, insolvency office holders, investment managers and high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining the firm, Nikolas worked at New Zealand’s leading full-service commercial law firm.  While there, Nikolas worked on a variety of commercial ligation and arbitration, including, contract disputes, energy sector disputes, insurance, public law, maritime and fisheries.  Nikolas has appeared as junior counsel in commercial cases in the New Zealand Court of Appeal, High Court and arbitrations.  He gained particular experience in mediating and negotiating settlements of disputes, including regularly acting as lead counsel at settlement meetings.

Nikolas qualified from Victoria University of Wellington in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts.  He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2012 and admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2022.

  • College of Law New Zealand
  • (L.P.C., 2012)
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • (LL.B., Honours, 2012)
  • (B.A., International Relations and Political Science, 2012)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Barrister, The High Court of New Zealand
  • Solicitor, The High Court of New Zealand
  • Legal 500 United Kingdom, Commercial Litigation: Premium (Tier 1) – Recommended Individual, 2024
  • 'Nikolas Bruce- Smith is an excellent litigator and very personable. He has an excellent grasp of multiple complicated workstreams and facts.'