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Nick Cruz

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Nick was the founding member and managing partner of Cruz & Co whose legal practice recently moved into the firm. Born in Gibraltar in 1968 he was educated locally at the Loreto Convent, Christian Brothers and St Joseph's before completing his schooling at Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England. He read law at Kingston University, Surrey and completed his studies at the Council of Legal Education in London. Nick is a Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1990 and subsequently called to the Bar of Gibraltar in 1991.

A highly regarded advocate and Trust and Estates Practitioner (TEP), Nick is currently serving his 3rd term as Chairman of the Association of Trust and Company Managers (ATCOM) and is a member of the Gibraltar Finance Centre Council, a Government policy advisory committee. He currently chairs the personal taxation review committee established by the Chief Minister the Hon Fabian Picardo MP QC to modernise Gibraltar’s residency and personal taxation offering.

With particular expertise in Trust, Company, Admiralty, Insolvency and Commercial law, Nick is a recommended individual in Legal 500 and Chambers Global. Nick is highly sensitive to commercial needs and time scales and this is readily recognised by clients and directories alike, with Chambers Global 2014 reporting: "He will tell you there is an easier way to get to where you want and help you to make it happen." He is regularly instructed by the banking sector in addition to insurance companies and international law firms.  Nick is currently a Non-Executive Director of Savill's Gibraltar.

Notwithstanding being known and recognised for his no nonsense and pragmatic approach to commercial law, Nick is well known and respected for his robust advocacy and regularly appears in all of Gibraltar’s courts and tribunals including our Court of Appeal. Nick is one of a few lawyers that has led in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London with his most recent appearance being in Spring 2013 on an insolvency matter. In recent years Nick has acted for the Liquidators in numerous fraud related liquidations including acting for PWC in local high profile liquidations and Bankruptcies.

Outside the confines of the law Nick is well known in political circles having been involved in the executive of the Gibraltar Social Democrats in the 1990s and more recently serving as leader of a local political party, until he retired from local politics in 2013 to focus on his professional career. He has been a contributor to the British Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee on Gibraltar (1999) and the Gibraltar’s Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reform (2001).

Nicks hobbies include Sailing, Rugby and as age catches up with him, more recently Golf and Shotokan Karate. Nick is married with 3 children.

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