Nicholas was called to the Bar in 1980 and is a Member of Gray’s Inn
- Family : All Children and Finance including IPFDA
- Divorce, Matrimonial Finance, Children and Child Care
- Contested divorce, nullity and foreign jurisdictional issues
Reassuringly traditional and supportive, Nicholas has a wealth of experience in the following areas of Family Law:-
Freezing orders and protection of assets
Costs including interim orders
Schedule 1 Children Act 1989
Children Act Part II
Removal from the Jurisdiction
Interim and final orders
Part IV Family Law Act
Conduct of high value ancillary relief disputes including consequential relief and enforcement, assets both within and without the jurisdiction.
Has been involved in cases where assets have been concealed abroad, or held in confidential overseas bank accounts, tied up in working farms or have been acquired as a result of lottery winnings
Has recently acted in a case where jurisdiction was disputed (BII) and valuable property and exceptional items of personally were held abroad and needed to be preserved
Child – Care
Regularly instructed in child care proceedings both in the High Court and County courts, acts predominantly for Children’s Guardians but also for Parents, Intervenors and Local Authorities.
Cases that have involved multiple deaths, serious injury through neglect or physical assault, sexual abuse (including internet exposure), allegations of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and the recovery of children from abroad.
Has wide experience selecting experts and the cross-examination both of experts and child witnesses.
Has experience of appeals, High Court/Court of Appeal
Has recent experience of:
High Court proceedings involving an initial trial concerning the reopening of serious findings, an appeal to the Court of Appeal and a subsequent re-determination of the findings
High Court multi-handed intergenerational allegations of incest where specialist inquiries had to be undertaken at exceptionally short notice to establish paternity
High Court causation hearing on behalf of a Mother, involving multiple allegations by a child of serious physical cruelty in which a favourable result resolved the public law issue
Acts for parents/grandparents/children/Guardians and the National Youth Advisory Service
Has been involved in high profile residence and contact disputes involving children within and their removal from the jurisdiction
Cases have involved parties suffering mental health, foreign/cultural issues, idiosyncratic sexual orientation and involving psychological/biological issues of parenting
Has experience of dealing effectively with issues of implacable hostility and difficult/intimidating clients
Nicholas is accredited under the Public Access Scheme for direct instructions.
- Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
- Re K (Supervision Orders)  2 FLR 303
- Re L (Care Proceedings: Cohabiting Solicitors)  2 FLR 887
- LS v JS (Appeal: Costs)  EWHC 2960 (Fam)