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    Nick Goldstone
    Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, London

    Commercial Disputes, Personal Litigation

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    nickgoldstone@incegd.com

Nick is the head of the firm’s dispute resolution team, specialising purely in commercial litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He has a particular emphasis on media related disputes, reputation management and human rights. Nick is an accredited solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience in all civil courts and has practised in litigation and dispute resolution throughout his career.

Nick’s expertise extends to advising on matters concerning civil fraud, also acting in a wide range of commercial litigation cases, usually for the private client side rather than the institutional side.


In the past few years, he has acted in a multi-million pound unfair prejudice proceeding in Gibraltar, another multi-million pound joint-venture property investment dispute concerning business interests in Morocco and an international racketeering dispute involving New York, Switzerland, Israel and Lichtenstein.

Nick joined Ince in 2014 from another leading law firm.


Highlight Matters

  • Acting for John Lydon (aka "John (Jonny) Rotten") of Public Image Limited -PiL- and one of the founding members of the Sex Pistols.
  • Appearing before Lord Justice Neuberger as a Solicitor Advocate in the Court of Appeal on a Civil Restraint appeal and winning the appeal with only three words needing to be said, in view of the quality of the written skeleton argument.
  • Acting for the late Dudley Moore in an unpleasant dispute with the BBC over an Omnibus television programme and securing important changes to the programme about the man and his great musical talent, before it was broadcast and licensed worldwide.
  • Acting in the Data Protection Tribunal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office [now the Information Commissioner] and successfully securing an Order for specific disclosure of documents from the Commissioner together with a costs award, the Commissioner wrongfully seeking to argue that the documents sought were privileged.
  • Winning at trial when the judge described the client as “..a singularly unimpressive witness upon whose uncorroborated evidence I am unable to place any reliance. It began with his name..”  The case turned on expert evidence, which had been obtained to substantiate the client’s supposed untrustworthy testimony.
  • Acting for The Face in defence of the Jason Donovan defamation case in 1992 and in the subsequent "Lemon Fund" appeal process resulting in the iconic magazine going from strength to strength.
  • Acting for Peter Buck (REM guitarist) in the air rage matters relating to his flight from Seattle to London in 2001.  Securing the stay of civil proceedings brought by key prosecution witnesses, which in turn helped the defence team secure an acquittal in the Crown Court.
  • Being successful in Judicial Review proceedings against HM Prison Services and more than one Local Authority in different cases
  • Winning a contract case over an expensive Show jumping Horse, following a successful application for specific disclosure of immigration records of the opponent which the court initially thought would be irrelevant, but disclosure proved to be of crucial importance in the case.

Quote

“My role in dealing with disputes is try to achieve the best outcome to a case that is legally possible and economically viable, where commercial considerations should always be borne in mind.  I like to win, and dislike losing with a passion.  I am responsive, practical and often pragmatic, but also enjoy seeking solutions that are not always obvious nor necessarily expected (particularly by the opponents). The best cases to win are those that you think you should lose, as you are really making a difference and that is very satisfying.”

What you may not know about Nick

Nick has run the London (twice) and New York Marathons with a personal best time of just over 4 hours. 


 He has visited many Prisons in the HM Prison Service Estate, (always “Just Visiting”) including the SSU at HMP Belmarsh, and once set off a full-scale alert at the Category “A” Prison at HMP Whitemoor, as he pressed a panic button in a secure interview suite, mistakenly believing it was just a button to indicate to the Prison Officers outside the room that the interview had ended.  It took nearly an hour for the alert to be de-activated so that Nick could leave the Prison.


 In a quasi-custody case over a mongrel dog, fought out by two lesbians, Nick’s client got the dog!

Expertise:
Commercial Disputes, Personal Litigation

Qualified:
1987

Education (University):
Oxford University, Newcastle Polytechnic