Nigel qualified as a lawyer in 1974 and joined Linnel & Murphy Oxford (later Linnels), becoming a partner of the firm in 1976. He co-founded Brook Street des Roches LLP in 1994 and was Senior and Managing Partner until shortly before retirement in 2010. The firm specialised in commercial property and grew to some 16 partners.
Nigel holds several Trustee appointments and Directorships. Outside interests include rugby and triathlons and more recently cycling and skiing. He lives in Burford, Oxfordshire and is married with five grandchildren.