Nicholas was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in July of 1977. He was called to the Bar in March of 1982 and based himself in Wollongong. He has practiced continuously since then in various fields.
In his early years at the Bar, he was mostly briefed in criminal matters in the Local and District Courts and appeared in numerous trials in Wollongong, Sydney and Country Town Circuit Courts. Progressively, he became more involved in civil jury and judge alone litigation in industrial, motor vehicle, occupier’s liability and medical negligence causes. He has appeared in most jurisdictions including District, Supreme, Federal and High Courts and various Tribunals, Arbitrations and Mediations. He has served as a Mediator and District Court Arbitrator. He was fortunate enough to be briefed early in his career to appear as junior Barrister to a number of prominent Common Law Silks who taught him the value of thorough preparation and the finer skills of advocacy, the principle rule being that an advocate should not antagonise the mind he is trying persuade.
The Bar has undergone many changes since 1982 and every Barrister has had to adapt to those changes. There are not so many civil jury trials now and legislative changes have reduced the case numbers being dealt with by the Courts. Nicholas has managed to adapt well over the years to whatever changes came his way and currently maintains a busy practice specialising in Personal Injury Law.