Nicholas was the first member of his family to go to University. He began his legal career working in-house before moving into private practice. He is now the global Chair of Hogan Lovells and also maintains an active practice.
Nicholas is committed to increasing diversity and social inclusion. He is a member of numerous related bodies, as well as the Chairman of PRIME. Nicholas, and Hogan Lovells, believe that access to the legal profession must be open and fair, and that perceived barriers that may deter talented individuals must be removed. Nicholas personally supports many of the firm's social mobility initiatives.
Hogan Lovells are signatories of the Social Mobility Compact, and founding members of both PRIME and the Pathways to Law and Pathways Plus programmes, focused on social mobility within the legal sector run in partnership with The Sutton Trust. Since 2008 the firm has hosted 25 open days and 12 work experience programmes, including through Ladder to Law, a bespoke program started in 2010. More than 250 Year-10, -11, and -12 students have attended workshops, open days, and work experience programmes, including 84 Year-12 students from state schools who will be first-generation university attendees. Since PRIME was founded in 2011, the firm has provided work experience to 135 Year-12 students.