Nicholas Leviseur

Year of Call: 1979
Email Address: nicholas.leviseur@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Overview

Nicholas Leviseur specialises in Chancery and Common law work with particular emphasis on professional, including medical, negligence. He also regularly undertakes serious personal injury claims, particularly those involving serious disputes between experts as to causation or in high value cases where quantification of damages raises difficult issues of principle. He has considerable experience in bringing actions against the M.O.D.

Recent Chancery and commercial activity has included an indemnity claim arising out of the sale of heavily polluted land (itself the subject of litigation in the House of Lords) and defending a claim for run off damages flowing from the sale of an off-shore telecommunications company

Expertise

  • Clinical Negligence
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    Nicholas Leviseur has an extensive practice and considerable experience in serious personal injury and clinical negligence claims particularly those involving disputes between experts as to causation and high value cases where quantification of damage raises serious issues of principle. He is regularly instructed in brain injury cases and has a particular expertise in managing multi disciplinary teams of experts from an early stage in the litigation process.

    Clinical negligence cases of interest have included genital surgery, general practitioner want of care, obstetric disasters, neurological misdiagnosis and those in which there has been a real absence of consent to surgical intervention. He has also appeared in a number of important cases in which very real issues of contributory negligence have been addressed by the Court of Appeal.
    He has considerable familiarity with issues which commonly arise in whole life loss of earnings and care cases and is a contributor to the PNBA publication Facts and Figures.

    Notable Cases 

    • Akers v Heald and the MIB The Times 14 January 2003 CA
    • Eagle v Chambers (No 1) [2004] RTR 9 CA
    • Eagle v Chambers (No 2) [2005] 1WLR 3081 CA
    • Roe v Novak and Manchester City Council The Times 27 November 1998 CA
    • Stacey v Joint Mission Hospital Equipment Board The Times 5 November 2001
  • Commercial
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    Nicholas Leviseur has an extensive practice in and considerable experience of commercial litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal in London and in the negotiated and arbitral resolution of profit sharing, commercial development and buy out agreements and partnership disputes. He is also instructed in arbitral appeals to the High Court.

    The subject matter of recent instructions has included passing off, telecommunications, rectification, gas supply solus agreements, land development and mineral extraction contracts, director and shadow director share and bonus agreements, commercial hold harmless clauses and avoidance of liability in commercial insurance contracts.

    He is regularly instructed in disputes involving entrepreneurs, businesses and banks and in partnership disputes between doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeons, restaurateurs and solicitors, as well as in negligence actions against solicitors and other professionals.

    He has considerable familiarity with pre-action remedies and injunction relief and, in appropriate cases, with the grant and discharge of Anton Piller, Mareva, Norwich Pharmacal, and Khanna orders and in working knowledge of the methods commonly used to place funds in offshore jurisdictions.

    Nicholas Leviseur accepts instructions under the CCG’s Standard Contractual Terms for Professional Services.

    25th May 2000 
    In Sloggett and Perry v Stroud and others, one of Nicholas Leviseur's cases, the Court of Appeal held that the High Court had been in error in considering a claim for rectification of a complex written contract before deciding on the true meaning of the contract as it stood, since rectification can only arise if the document does not give effect to what the parties intended.

  • Personal Injury
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    Nicholas Leviseur has an extensive practice and considerable experience in serious personal injury and clinical negligence claims particularly those involving disputes between experts as to causation and high value cases where quantification of damage raises serious issues of principle. He is regularly instructed in brain injury cases and has a particular expertise in managing multi disciplinary teams of experts from an early stage in the litigation process.

    Clinical negligence cases of interest have included genital surgery, general practitioner want of care, obstetric disasters, neurological misdiagnosis and those in which there has been a real absence of consent to surgical intervention. He has also appeared in a number of important cases in which very real issues of contributory negligence have been addressed by the Court of Appeal.
    He has considerable familiarity with issues which commonly arise in whole life loss of earnings and care cases and is a contributor to the PNBA publication Facts and Figures.

    Notable Cases 

    • Akers v Heald and the MIB The Times 14 January 2003 CA
    • Eagle v Chambers (No 1) [2004] RTR 9 CA
    • Eagle v Chambers (No 2) [2005] 1WLR 3081 CA
    • Roe v Novak and Manchester City Council The Times 27 November 1998 CA
    • Stacey v Joint Mission Hospital Equipment Board The Times 5 November 2001

Academic qualifications

MA (Oxon)

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council
  • Legal Assessor to the General Optical Council
  • Called to the Bar of Southern Ireland
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Legal Assessor to the General Chiropractic Council