Nigel is credited with DLA Piper’s remarkable growth, leading the firm through a series of merges and taking the firm from its regional origins to the global firm it is today. He received a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of his services to the legal industry.
In 2015, Legal Business awarded Sir Nigel a "Lifetime Achievement Award" and in April 2016 Sir Nigel was given the Financial News "Editor's Choice" award for lifetime achievement.
Sir Nigel is Chairman of Sheffield City Region LEP and a Trustee of The Prince's Trust. He was High Sheriff of Greater London 2016/17.