Partner - Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Grad. Dip. in Legal Practice, South Australian Institute of Technology
Areas of practice
Estate planning and documentation
Business transactions and advice
Business and commercial litigation
Inheritance and Wills disputes
Property transactions and disputes
Intellectual property disputes
Insolvency litigation services
Debt collection services
- Law Society of South Australia
- Insolvency Practitioners of South Australia (1988-1992)
Experience and areas of specialisation
Nick joined Grope Hamilton Lawyers in May 1992 after having worked from 1988 for a large commercial law firm in the areas of commercial litigation, commercial law and insolvency.
He has been involved in a wide range of assignments including debt collection, security enforcement (including appointments of receivers, controllers, liquidators, mortgagees in possession and trustees in personal bankruptcy), professional negligence claims, preference claims, building disputes, shareholder disputes, insolvency litigation, major Trade Practices Act litigation, lease disputes and general commercial disputes in all State and Federal jurisdictions.
Nick manages a number of his clients' litigious matters in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, organising the matters from our Adelaide office, and in the process, saving clients the costs associated with retaining full-time interstate solicitors.
Nick has also assisted clients with transactional matters involving the sale and purchase of businesses and the structuring and documenting of suitable commercial agreements required in the day-to-day running of their businesses and general advice in all facets of the areas listed above.
Nick assists clients with the structuring of their personal affairs and estate planning. Nick has recently processed a number of applications for grants of probate, utilising the new electronic system adopted by the Probate Registry, and has assisted executors, beneficiaries and claimants in a number of recent disputed estate matters.
Nick is also on the panel of pro bono service providers assisting the New South Wales and South Australian Cancer Councils to provide wills and estate planning for cancer suffers, a lot of whom are terminal. Nick has found this to be very rewarding, as it assists those most vulnerable people with getting their affairs in order.
In 2018, Nick completed the 5-day mediator's training course, with The Resolution Institute of Australia. In the near future, Nick intends to complete the final assessment to enable him to become an accredited mediator, an area of law which is only likely to increase as parties seek to avoid the more traditional litigation paths that have been part of Nick's practice for the last 30 years or so.
Nick has substantial experience in assisting directors and shareholders with corporate matters, and is currently the company secretary of the CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd, a CRC seeking to improve soil production for the agricultural industry throughout Australia, a 10 year collaborative research project which commenced in 2017.
Nick plays social basketball and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and walking his dogs. He is a proud Port Adelaide supporter and enjoys a glass of red wine whilst watching sport. He's also the firm's resident (good natured) smart alec.
Nick has also given his time to a number of charities and community organisations including his former chairmanship of the Cancer and Bowel Research Trust which he helped establish more than 15 years ago and which raised approximately $2 million per annum for cancer research and prevention programs throughout Australia. Other charities and community organisations he is involved with include Community Support Inc, SA In-Home Care Inc and the NSW Cancer Council Pro Bono Service.
Nick Baldock LL.B
Tel: (08) 7127 9555
"Nick is one of our resident “brainboxes” who is extremely insightful and efficient in his legal work. Nick gets to the point quickly, in both commercial and litigation matters in a very cost efficient, effective way that is evidenced by the significant repeat work Nick receives. He is also our resident “smart alec”, a trait he attributes to his late father."
Mark Hamilton - Managing Partner