Nick is a versatile business lawyer, with a practice focused on three principal areas: commercial contracts; legal risk and crisis management strategies; governance and compliance frameworks. He also acts as in-house counsel to companies that need additional support.

Nick acquired a unique blend of skills from his time as senior counsel at the specialist global risk and security consultancy, Control Risks. He has built on this, advising on a wide range of issues since he joined Keystone. He helps his clients take smart, risk-based decisions quickly and effectively. He has helped to respond to and resolve numerous business and legal issues in jurisdictions as diverse as the US, Colombia, the EU, Russia, Iraq, Iran and across Africa.

Prior to working in-house, Nick spent a decade at a major US law firm and a leading City of London firm where he specialised in capital markets, M&A and joint venture/shareholder transactions.

  • Nick understands that businesses need to take sensible, risk-based decisions. He looks to add value by providing legal advice that is focussed on achieving the best outcome for the client. He is always responsive and diligent in his approach to problem-solving.

    Nick Allan, Group CEO
    Control Risks

  • Nick is an exceptional lawyer. He combines a depth of experience and knowledge with a level of pragmatism that is rare in commercial law, often helping us think through issues that go beyond purely legal boundaries. He adds a huge amount of value to our team, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

    Gabe Winn, CEO and Founder

  • Nick’s advice is clearly considered, practical and deliverable. As we launched our new business venture, Nick went beyond his role as a lawyer to provide broader strategic business advice.

    Flic Beasley and Tor Ayres, Founders

  • Nick is accessible, positive and resolute, always seeking to achieve the best outcome for his client. Nick explains complex legal issues clearly and succinctly and is a pleasure to work with.

    Tim Jephson

  • Nick is agile, responsive and attuned to our business. He focuses on practical solutions, which he combines with a deft legal touch. It is refreshing to work with a lawyer who can navigate legal matters and communicate them in plain English.

    Amy Lashinsky and Ambrose Carey,
    Founders of Alaco

  • Nick's governance and compliance recommendations were business-friendly and readily digestible, giving us a clear action plan. His experience means he knows exactly how in-house teams operate; it was an enjoyable process not a chore!

    Caroline Coates, VP Legal,