Partner | Litigation

Nigel Smith was admitted as a Solicitor 1983 beginning his career in Central London, West End and Kent before joining this practice in December 1990.


Nigel became a Partner of Cartwright Cunningham Haselgrove & Co in 1996 heading the litigation department and he currently manages our Woodford Green Office.

Throughout his professional career he has been primarily in various types of litigation with an emphasis upon commercial matters, also undertaking some non-contentious advice and drafting and applying the issue that arises in litigation when drafting of agreements for clients.

He has experience and conducted numerous matters through to Trial including;

  • Substantial dispute over rateable value of a commercial property, involving the extent of lease obligations;

  • Personal Injury Claims

  • Contractual claims – both business and personal

  • Construction /Building Disputes

  • Professional Negligence cases  , solicitors, Architects and others

  • Landlord and Tenant matters including service charge disputes, lease renewals and assistance in negotiating leases and issues arising over the scope and extent of leasehold interest, including boundary matters and ancillary issues.

  • Insolvency matters , advising Liquidators and Administrators, , acting in respect of Directors Disqualification actions and the administration of insolvency processes including Bankruptcy disputes, and Company insolvency

  • Advising in regard to  actions involving Employment issues for employers, including restrictive covenants advice and enforcement 

  • Advising and drafting specific sale and security agreements

  • Sale of Companies/ Businesses

  • Dissolution of Partnerships and Partnership Advice

  • Claims against estates of deceased persons,

  • Disputes over the provisions of a will.

  • Declaration of Trust claims 

  • Claims in regard to seeking declaration of interest in property

  • Enforcements 

  • Insurance claims

  • Aircraft and Ship arrest

  • Court of Protection issues 

  • Claims seeking the possession of land both residential and commercial and associated advice.

Nigel is a keen golfer and is past Captain of Ilford golf club, Currently Vice Chairman and a Vice President.  He also enjoys travelling, experiencing new places and different ways of life and all good and interesting food.