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Marsh, Nick
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2210, Direct Fax: +44 20 7653 2100
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Nick Marsh is Chair of the Civil Fraud Practice in London. He is experienced in complex cross-border disputes, through both arbitration and litigation. His practice focuses on M&A, finance, energy, telecoms, fraud, insolvency and offshore disputes, and often involves parties from Eastern Europe and the Middle East involved in LCIA Arbitrations and related court proceedings.

Ranked by Legal 500 in the hall of fame in Commercial Litigation and as a leading individual in Civil Fraud. Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers for Civil Fraud. Ranked in Chambers Global as an expert in Russian disputes. Named a leader by Who's Who Legal for Asset Recovery.

Described in Chambers as a "superb litigator, one of the very best I have dealt with.”, “He has very good judgement and is incredibly hard-working. He is very creative, imaginative and has boundless energy”,truly outstanding”,  “He is a first-class litigator. He really gets his teeth into a problem, thinks of all the angles and will fight to the bitter end for a client.”, “A  joy to work with”,a bright and extremely hard-working" lawyer” with an “ability to think laterally and to come at problems from new angles in the face of tricky disputes” and “well regarded for his special expertise in Russian-related and Eastern European finance litigation.” Most recently, Nick has been described as havinga real hands-on approach with clients and is truly willing to go beyond expectations. He really digs deeper to get to the best strategy and is one of the best lawyers in the civil fraud space." "He's an excellent, tactical and aggressive litigator who always thinks creatively about putting pressure on the other side.”

Described in Legal 500 as a “brilliant tactician” who "works extremely hard for his clients who love him as a result" and “one of the most experienced litigators. Great understanding of how to present a case. A team leader of considerable experience”,a consummate professional combining a faultless technical approach with a commercial, user-friendly and down-to-earth style.”

In Legal 500, his adversaries have quoted him as “certainly one of the toughest opponents we have come across.”

Legal 500 also states that “Nick Marsh has recent experience of advising on fraud issues within the financial sector. Sources praise his meticulous attention to detail and his creative approach to problem solving.” ... “the 'substantially skilled and proficient' solicitor advocate Nick Marsh uses his fluent Spanish, French and German to great effect in the frequently multilingual aspects of fraud. He is a regular sight in banking fraud work including associated arbitration as well as litigation".

Most recently, Nick was named to The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2020 list.

Nick has practised arbitration in London and Paris. He is a fluent Spanish, French and German speaker and also speaks basic Russian and Italian. He has been selected as an arbitrator by the LCIA Court in a prominent CIS dispute and as an arbitrator in an SCC Stockholm arbitration between Russian parties.

  • Acted for the Claimant in an LCIA claim (and related London and Cyprus court proceedings) under a Share Purchase Agreement between Ukrainian parties. Obtained a Final Award in excess of USD 700 million within 1 year.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a Claimant joint venture company in two LCIA London seated arbitrations with a total dispute value of more than US50 billion, reportedly the largest ever LCIA arbitration.
  • Acted for the Claimant in an LCIA claim under a Guarantee and related fraud proceedings. Obtained a Final Award in excess of US 80million within 1 year
  • Acted for a Russian supermarket tycoon in a US150 million High Court fraud and conspiracy claim and related German proceedings arising out of a US560 million restructuring of defaulted loan notes.
  • Acted for a  Swiss defendant in a USD 400m multi-party fraud claim in the Manx courts involving corporate raiding claims in Kyrgyzstan and complex conflicts of law and jurisdiction issues.
  • Advised a consortium of Russian, Kazakh and US private equity investors in relation to an M&A dispute arising out of a joint venture valued at USD 3.2 bn. involving questions of English, Russian, Ukrainian, French and Cyprus law and a complex shareholders agreement with put and call options.
  • Acted for the personal representative of an Estate in Gibraltar proceedings in relation disputed trust assets valued at USD 1 billion.
  • Acting for a confidential claimant in relation to a multi-billion dollar debt enforcement claim involving LCIA arbitrations and related offshore enforcement proceedings.
  • Acted for an intermediary in the gas sector in several Stockholm SCC arbitrations involving issues of Swedish, Ukrainian, Swiss and Russian law with claims totalling more than $6 billion, resulting in the largest published arbitration award of 2010.
  • Acted for the Cyprus subsidiary of a major Russian multinational group of companies in a $1 billion LCIA London arbitration arising out of a shareholders agreement. The claim settled on confidential (and very favourable) terms.
  • Acted in an expedited LCIA arbitration and obtained an award in excess of US$ 50 million within 6 months.
  • Acted for a confidential third party in respect of third party disclosure applications in the Berezovsky v Abramovich London litigation.
  • Acted for a Russian conglomerate in an expedited LCIA arbitration involving (for the first time in the LCIA's history) the transfer of a complex portfolio of bonds, securities and cash valued at US$ 70 million as security for the claim.
  • Acted for a Bulgarian Bank in High Court proceedings concerning the proposed listing of the bank on the Sofia Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for HSBC Private Bank in Shah & Anr v HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited and NatWest Bank  in K Ltd v NatWest and Squirrell v NatWest, the leading civil law cases in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.


  • College of Law London
    (CPE, with Distinction, top student in year, 1998)
    (LPC, with Distinction, 1999)
    • Law Society Prize for Outstanding Performance
  • University of Bristol
    (B.A., 1st Class Honours, French & German, 1997)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Higher Rights of Audience
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • DLA Piper, London
    • Partner, 2010-2015
  • DLA Piper, London
    • Associate, 2004-2010
  • Linklaters, London & Paris
    • Associate and Trainee, 1999-2003
  • Ranked by Who’s Who Legal, Asset Recovery, 2024
  • Ranked by Chambers Litigation Support, Asset Tracing & Recovery, Band 3, 2024
    • "Nick Marsh is extremely clever and thinks out of the box when solving client matters. I like the way he delivers. He will fight for you and be invested in the outcome of the matter." "Nick Marsh has several qualities that are rarely found in combination. He is hyper-alert to critical developments as they occur, but as calm as you like"
  • Ranked by Lawdragon 500 Global Plaintiff Lawyers, Financial Litigation. Plaintiff, 2024
  • Ranked by Chambers UK Fraud: Civil Up and Coming, Band 1, 2024
    • "Nick is utterly brilliant. He is phenomenally clever, a great strategist and cuts to the heart of things." "You can tell Nick is a man who enjoys his work. This shines through in his ability to galvanise the team." "Nick is a real lateral thinker who comes up with things no one else has thought of."
  • Ranked by The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for International Arbitration, 2024
  • Named by Who’s Who Legal Commercial Litigation Report chapter on Future Leaders, 2022
    • Nick Marsh enjoys “an excellent reputation in the market” according to peers who further commend his “top-notch litigation practice.”
  • Named a Global Leader by Who’s Who Legal in Asset Recovery, 2022
  • Named to The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame for Commercial Litigation: Premium, 2022
  • Ranked by Chambers UK for fraud: civil, 2018-2022
  • Ranked as a Leading Individuals by Legal 500 UK for fraud: civil 2019-2022
  • Named to The Lawyer ’s Hot 100 2020 list
  • Ranked as a Leading Individuals by Legal 500 UK for Commercial Litigation, 2018-2020
  • Ranked as a Key Lawyer by Legal 500 UK for Banking Litigation: Investment & Retail, 2017-2020
  • Ranked as a Leading Individuals by Legal 500 UK for international arbitration, 2017-2020
  • Named Who’s Who Legal in Asset Recovery, 2018, 2019
  • Ranked by Chambers UK for Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Foreign Expert For Russia, 2019
  • Named a Future Leader Who’s Who Legal in Investigations And Business Crime, 2018
  • Named a Future Leader by Global Investigations, 2018
  • Ranked by Chambers Global UK for Dispute Resolution, 2017
  • Ranked by Chambers Global  UK for Litigation And Banking Litigation “leaders in their field”, 2015- 2017
  • Listed as a London Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Steering Committee of annual ABA Moscow Disputes Conference
  • Executive Committee of Russian and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN)
  • Founding member of the British-Georgian Law Association