Nigel Thompson



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Nigel has got good attention to detail and picks up on things quickly.

Chambers [UK 2022]


Nigel is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial Team and based in our Chelmsford office. Nigel was admitted as a Solicitor in 1984. 

Nigel is a widely experienced corporate and commercial Lawyer, having a mixed practice of company acquisitions and sales, substantial commercial agreements (including joint ventures) and intellectual property work. Many of the businesses he acts for are high tech, online or software businesses or are businesses where technology and/or software form a material part of the client’s business.  

One of Nigel’s strengths is his commercially pragmatic and common sense approach. He is often seen as a trusted advisor to the client, offering an independent view to assist the client to make key decisions, whether about the business or a particular matter.  

Nigel has extensive experience in software and product licensing and currently acts for several software houses which have ‘software as a service’ products where the counterparties are well-known international financial institutions. This work requires a detailed understanding of the client’s commercial objectives as well as good technical legal knowledge. 

A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Team, Nigel manages the Lawyers dealing with non-contentious IP related work carried out from the Chelmsford office. 

Alongside IP related work, Nigel deals with substantial and/or material commercial contracts. These arrangements need commercial pragmatism allied to technical knowledge to assist each client to achieve their required commercial objectives. 

Although much of his time is spent dealing with commercial contracts, Nigel is also a very experienced transactional Lawyer who is equally at home helping clients to buy or sell companies or businesses, or undertaking reconstructions or reorganisations, including by demerger. Nigel’s extensive experience means he is well placed to manage complex transactions involving several different teams of Lawyers from within Birketts. For example, in November 2019 Nigel, alongside his colleague, Lisa Hayward, lead a transaction to facilitate Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited becoming the 9th largest employee owned business for the benefit of its workforce totalling approximately 2,500 employees.

This transformative project involved many different aspects including a number of material contracts from government departments (as well as The Big Lottery Fund), a foreign jurisdiction subsidiary, a charity, an employee benefit trust and a new governance structure, in addition to the sale of the majority shareholding to an employee trust.  

Other Information

Nigel is ranked by Chambers [UK 2022]. Sources in this edition say "Nigel has got good attention to detail and picks up on things quickly". An earlier edition describes him as "extremely experienced and pragmatic".

Nigel is also recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2021]. Clients in the previous edition note "Nigel Thompson communicates and manages expectations incredibly well. He remains calm under pressure, delivers to tight timescales and provides excellent support throughout complex transactions. Nigel is someone you want on your team!"

Legal 500 UK 2021 Recommended Lawyer