Nat specialises in commercial litigation and is our resident insolvency expert. Having joined the Longmores team in 2019, Nat was promoted to partner in 2022. His wealth of expertise has been recognised by the leading directory, The Legal 500, where he is ranked as a Next Generation Partner.
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 an LPC and LLM 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 Next Generation Partner by prestigious client guide, The Legal 500.
“Nathanael Young is a star. He is an instantly reassuring presence for clients and completely on top of all his cases. He is the man you want with you in the trenches on a difficult case. He always provides innovative and commercial solutions to complex problems.” The Legal 500 2024
“Nathanael Young is the gold standard for a litigation partner in a smaller firm. He is totally on top of his cases and uses counsel very efficiently. He can be relied on to make all the right tactical calls in the preliminary stages of litigation which makes it much easier for counsel once brought into the case.’” The Legal 500 2023
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.