Welcome to my web page which gives some brief information about my background. Please contact me for more information.

I am an English lawyer. I practised as a solicitor with leading international law firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in London for over 25 years, I was a partner in its intellectual property and technology practice for 18 years, latterly with 7 years as world wide head of the intellectual property group. Prior to joining Herbert Smith I obtained a first class honours degree in law from the University of Nottingham. Law was a second career for me having originally studied electrical engineering and then worked for a number of years in the computer business.

My legal practice was predominately in the application of law to technology in the electronics, computing, telecommunications and internet areas, mainly but not exclusively in contentious disputes/litigation. I have handled cases in the UK in the Patents Court, Patents County Court, Chancery Division of the High Court, Commercial Court, Data Protection Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. I have also been extensively involved in proceedings in many other jurisdictions. In addition I have wide ranging arbitration, mediation and advocacy experience.

Amongst the many clients I have acted for are such well known names as Amstrad, British Gas, BSkyB, the FIA, Harrods, IBM, Intel, the Motion Picture Association, Nokia, and Unilever.

I retired from Herbert Smith in May 2012 as I wanted to spend more of my time pursuing a number of interests outside the law whilst I am hopefully still fit enough to do so, in both body and mind.  Professionally I now practice as an independent expert and occasional mediator. I am an appointed expert by both Nominet and WIPO in respect of internet domain name disputes and am the Chair of Nominet's independent panel of experts.

To contact me please email nick.gardner@njgardner.com.  I check this address reguarly and you should get  a reply within 24 hours.

Nick Gardner

Image - my home - Portes du Soleil, French Alps