Nigel Broadbent
  • Nigel Broadbent

  • Partner

Joined in: 2018
Position: Partner
Specialises in: Commercial Disputes, Employment
Qualification: LLB (Hons), Accredited Mediator
Education: University of Birmingham, Chester College of Law

Nigel Broadbent joined Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP in 2018 as a Partner in the Commercial Disputes and Employment team.

He trained and worked as a specialist commercial litigator at a national firm in Birmingham before returning to his native Yorkshire, where he developed an extensive commercial disputes and litigation practice over 25 years.

Nigel has acted for a wide variety of clients, including PLCs, SMEs, family businesses, franchised businesses, public bodies (such as NHS Trusts and police authorities), partnerships and sole traders. He is an experienced advocate in a range of courts and tribunals. He is an accredited mediator, and experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution; expert determination, arbitration, mediation, adjudication and negotiation.

Nigel’s expertise encompasses contractual disputes of all types, particularly post-M&A disputes (such as warranty claims, earn out and deferred consideration claims), shareholder disputes and claims by and against company directors, employment-related claims, partnership disputes, commercial contract disputes, high-value or sensitive business to consumer disputes, engineering contract disputes, IT contract disputes, and professional services disputes. He has been instructed on many different types of professional negligence claims against accountants, solicitors, engineers, architects, surveyors and others. His professional negligence practice has primarily been for claimants but for several years he was the principal legal advisor to a national chain of surveyors in relation to self-insured claims.

Nigel has acted for a number of insolvency practitioners and others in contested insolvency matters. Over a number of years Nigel has developed a particular interest in franchised businesses, advising on non-contentious matters as well as representing both franchisors and franchisees (sometimes multiple franchisees) in disputes.

Nigel has conducted a number of high value and/or complex tax appeals in the First Tier Tribunal (Tax), acting for individuals, partnerships, companies and public bodies in a range of matters concerning both indirect and direct tax disputes with HMRC.

In a career spanning nearly three decades so far, particular highlights include acting for a London Borough in a Fleming claim to recover VAT of over £2m, acting for a global engineering business in a £7m business interruption claim against a data hosting company, advising a group of transport industry franchisees in co-ordinated disputes with their franchisor and representing former business partners in an appeal against HMRC over £2m of withheld input tax.

Nigel is a director of Proper Job Theatre Company, a charity which delivers confidence-building and employability skills training to NEETS and others across the North of England. An accredited mediator since 2012, he is also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

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