Nathanael specialises in commercial litigation and is our resident insolvency expert. Having joined the Longmores team in July 2019, Nat brings a wealth of expertise from his time at another leading law firm and has been identified as a Rising Star lawyer by leading client guide, the Legal 500.
Nat enjoys building lasting relationships with his clients, many having moved with him to Longmores from his previous firm. So, if you need a versatile, pragmatic and highly experienced solicitor to assist with your insolvency or commercial litigation matter, look no further.
Nat has always taken a proactive, hands-on approach to legal practice. He started his career at just 16 years old, working his way up to qualify as a legal executive in 2005. He then obtained his LLM LPC in Commercial Legal Practice before qualifying as a solicitor in 2008. Nat has also obtained Higher Rights of Audience and is perfectly at home litigating at all court levels.
Nat is a self-described ‘sucker’ for any interesting litigation case. As part of his insolvency work, he specialises in a wide range of matters, including:
- Bringing and defending claims on behalf of insolvency practitioners
- Bankruptcy and winding up petitions
- Annulment applications and disputes with trustees in bankruptcy
Insolvency aside, Nat has experience handling complex and high profile matters for a broad range of clients, from advising local SMEs and start-ups to businesses and individuals based overseas, including China, the EU, Switzerland and the US. Although it would actually take less time to list what matters Nat cannot assist with, his other commercial litigation expertise includes:
- Defamation, including libel, slander and malicious falsehood claims
- Intellectually property, including patent, trademark, copyright and design litigation
- Director disqualifications
- Asset recovery and freezing injunctions
- Shareholder and partner disputes
- Professional negligence disputes
- Claims arising from the sale of businesses
- Construction disputes
- IT and technology litigation
- Charity litigation and advice to trustees
- Contentious probate claims and litigation arising from trusts and private members’ clubs
Here are just a few of Nat’s reported decisions:
- Wallace LLP v Yates  EWHC 1098 (Ch) – on statutory demands
- Halcyon House Limited v Baines and others  EWHC 2216 (QB) – on directors’ duties
- Stocker v Stocker  EWHC 1634 – on costs budgeting in defamation cases
Outside of work, Nat volunteers for St Michael’s in St Albans and was a District Councillor for Verulam Ward between 2010 and 2014.
Nat has been recognised as a Rising Star by prestigious client guide, the Legal 500.
In the free time that isn’t taken up by his children, Nat enjoys literature, music, cycling. He is also a keen amateur photographer and has been published in Amateur Photographer.