A former tenant of a leading family law Chambers on the Western Circuit, Nicola practices in all areas of family law. She is frequently instructed in private law children proceedings and regularly represents parties in proceedings under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. Nicola also represents Local Authorities, parents and children at all stages of public law proceedings.  

Nicola provides practical and pragmatic advice in all cases and prides herself on her down to earth and approachable manner with both lay and professional clients.

Private Law Children

Nicola is regularly instructed to appear at all stages on behalf of applicants and respondents, children’s guardians and children with separate representation in private law proceedings. She has experience in dealing with cases concerning rape, sexual abuse (including of a minor), mental health, domestic abuse/violence, internal relocation and parental alienation (which include applications for changes of residency).

Nicola is experienced in dealing with internal relocation cases, acting for both those seeking to relocate and those seeking to prevent such a move. She has also acted in cases involving international relocation and jurisdictional issues.

Public Law Children

Nicola frequently appears on behalf of Local Authorities, parents and children in public law proceedings. She is instructed at all stages of proceedings from interim hearings to multi-day final hearings. Nicola has experience of representing vulnerable adults, including those with severe learning disabilities and those assessed as needing the assistance of an intermediary.


Nicola routinely represents both applicants and respondents at all stages of injunctive relief proceedings under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996.


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Western Circuit
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple


  • Public Access Qualified
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Leeds
  • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds


Nicola is a keen sportswoman, having previously represented Lincolnshire at hockey. She enjoys playing netball socially and is learning to play tennis.

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530


01642 247 569

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

  • Re W (minors) [2017] EWFC 80 - Acted on behalf of the Mother in the Father's application to resume contact with his two children where the Court found there had been a history of domestic abuse.  
  • B v M – Instructed on behalf of the Father in a case concerning serious parental alienation of his two children by the Mother. The Court ordered a change of residency of the children to the Father’s care.  
  • H v H – Appeared on behalf of the 14-year-old child separately represented in long-standing private law proceedings, with findings made of parental alienation against the Mother and changes of residency to and from the Father’s care.
  • S v M – Instructed on behalf of the Father accused of rape and serious sexual assault by the Mother. No findings were made against the Father following a multi-day fact finding hearing.
  • C v M – Instructed on behalf of the Father accused of sexual assault of his son at a multi-day finding of fact hearing, with no findings subsequently made against him.