Nick Wrightson

Senior Associate

Public Law | Judicial Review | Public Inquiries

"A real star in the making."

Chambers UK, 2021

Described by clients as  “extremely attentive and ‘on the ball’… and just easy to work with” Nick is a senior associate with an administrative and public law practice focused on judicial review litigation and supporting clients through public inquiries.

Clients say they have “learnt to trust [Nick] in the most delicate of matters, and place great weight on [his] advice”. They have praised his “care, and expertise beyond expectations”, including in times of emergency.

A specialist public lawyer since 2011, Nick’s experience includes representing public bodies, private companies, individuals, representative bodies and charities – often in high stakes, politically and commercially sensitive cases.  He is regularly instructed on potential or actual judicial review claims and has experience in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has worked with claimants, defendants, interested parties and an intervener. Beyond the courts, he has helped public sector clients to make key decisions and manage their litigation risks. Nick has recently supported core participants and worked with witnesses in two major public inquiries.

Nick advises on the interpretation of legislation and regulations, information law and the public law aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings. He has worked with suspects and witnesses (including senior figures) in notable financial crime and regulatory investigations and has acted for the regulator in substantial professional disciplinary proceedings.

Before joining Kingsley Napley in May 2017 Nick trained and became a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Nick is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Laws (Public Law) from the University of London. He studied modern history at Oxford and has a DPhil.

What clients have said

He has provided intellectual firepower in going through our witness statements with a fine-tooth comb to ensure clarity."

Chambers UK, 2021

Whilst Nick’s professional knowledge is significant, it was his personable style alongside his attentiveness, diligence and sheer professionalism that meant I always had so much confidence in his legal representation.”

A senior individual

I appreciate enormously the care and concern that you and your colleagues showed towards me during this time, as well as your professional advice…” 

A senior individual

“…the [client] continues to be enormously appreciative of the attention to detail and care with which you and Adam have been advising and representing the community.” “Client care has been exceptional.”

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Our team has extensive experience acting for central government, businesses & senior police officers on their information rights.

Public Policy and Governance

We have expertise in administrative and public law, together with our real enthusiasm for the work we do.

Select Committees

Our team is experienced in representing senior professionals, public figures and major corporations before Parliamentary Select Committees.

Advice for Regulators and Public Bodies

We have acted for regulatory authorities for several decades, providing advice concerning their regulatory functions and operations.


When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process.

Dealing with an Investigation

Under investigation? We ensure you have the specialist, strategic advice to help you manage.

Financial Services

Financial services firms, professionals and clients need advice more than ever to safeguard their business interests, careers and reputations.

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International Court of Justice and UN General Assembly do not alter the outcome of the Chagos Islands challenge

Voter ID laws and the way courts interpret legislation

The High Court confirms that unincorporated associations may participate in both judicial review claims and statutory challenges

What does the new government mean for public lawyers?

Uber back in the news

When do contracts and goodwill amount to A1P1 possession?

Enemies of the constitution? The words of those attacking independent judges are corrosive and wrong

Since prorogation ‘never happened’ what happens next?

When politics and law collide: The prorogation judicial reviews

Blowing spies’ legal cover? Reprieve threatens judicial review of alleged government misuse of the ‘James Bond clause’

What is secondary legislation and why do we have it?

Kingsley Napley considers statutory instruments and Brexit

Divorced, beheaded, scrutinised? SIs and Henry VIII powers under review

Ordinarily hard to challenge ombudsman’s decision-making marred by illegality, irrationality, procedural unfairness and pre-determination

Opaque, unpredictable, diminished? Parliamentary committee commentary suggests the human rights consequences of #Brexit withdrawal legislation “appear to be contrary to the Government’s intent”

Legal update: Unlawful Discrimination in Personal Independence Payments

Cheap alcohol a thing of the past (at least for six years)?

R (on the application of Ngole) v University of Sheffield (Health and Care Professions Council intervening) [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin)

Legal Update: NGOs win challenge to Aarhus costs caps

Uber’s apology considered by Kingsley Napley

TfL finds Uber no-longer ‘fit and proper’ to operate in London

The special constitutional importance of judicial review may demand a distinctive approach to the recovery of litigation costs, but will the latest recommendations be taken forward?

A challenge to the lawfulness of export licences allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia has been rejected

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

Will legislating for Brexit be almost as testing for the new minority government as the forthcoming negotiations?

How would a minority government or coalition led by Theresa May go about changing human rights laws in the fight against terrorism?

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