Nicolas Patrick leads the pro bono practice for DLA Piper in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In these regions DLA Piper has more than 60 offices and over 3000 fee earners. He also works extensively with the firm's clients to develop and deliver collaborative pro bono projects.

Nicolas'​ main areas of practise include: strategic human rights litigation; UN treaty body engagement, including the preparation of shadow (parallel) reports on Australia's compliance with major human rights treaties, individual communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other UN treaty bodies. He has also advised foreign governments on a variety of human rights matters, including the implementation of major human rights treaties and fulfilment of UN reporting obligations. Nicolas also works with senior executives, in-house counsel and boards to identify human rights risks and assists multi-national corporations to minimise, mitigate and remedy negative human rights impacts caused by business operations.

Nicolas is also responsible for improving the performance of DLA Piper in relation to human rights, environmental impacts, community and stakeholder engagement, and working with students and educational institutions to develop a diverse pipeline of talent.