Nick specialises in family law and practises across the full range of this area at all levels of the family court as well as the Court of Appeal. His practice covers a wide geographical area, with a particular emphasis on Oxford, London and the South East and Bristol.
Nick also has extensive experience in financial remedy proceedings, at all stages from first appointment to final hearing and appeal. He has particular experience in dealing with cases involving the following:
- Pensions, particularly police and military pensions.
- Companies, their valuation and ownership including family-owned companies and “piercing the corporate veil”
- Land, including third-party interests and the effect of planning permission on valuation.
- Family and other trusts
- Assets located overseas and disputes over their ownership and valuation, particularly in India and South Asia.
- Seeking emergency remedies such as search and freezing injunctions in the High Court.
Nick has worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and is experienced in dealing with various cultural issues that arise from divorce proceedings. He is experienced in working with clients with disabilities particularly the deaf and blind/partially sighted. Nick is also family with the court’s approach to the treatment of personal injury damages on divorce.
In addition to financial proceedings arising from divorce, Nick is also experienced in TOLATA matters and other beneficial ownership disputes, including those involving boats. Nick has additional experience in matters involving equitable accounting.
Nick has also represented clients, including a very high net-worth individual, at CSA and CMEC Tribunals. He has experience in dealing with issues of contested jurisdiction and habitual residence in this context. He also has experience with the enforcement of maintenance in the Magistrates’ court.
Nick is also experienced in dealing with divorce proceedings themselves including defendant divorce. He also has experience in dealing with related applications such as preventing the grant of decree absolute.
Nick appears regularly in care proceedings at all stages from EPO until final hearing. He acts for all parties including local authorities, parents, grandparents and children as well as intervenors and special guardians. He has experience in matters involving serious allegations of sexual and abuse, including non-accidental injuries, and in dealing with complex medical evidence of these. Nick also has experience in adoption matters and has appeared in the Court of Appeal on an issue of post-adoption contact.
Nick is experienced in wardship, both when arising out of public law proceedings as well as in cases with an international aspect. Nick also has experience in matters of child abduction, leave to remove and other aspects of the law concerning the international movement of children.
Nick’s practice also includes private law children work in all areas of arrangements for children, particularly intractable contact disputes including those requiring the appointment of a Guardian. He has experience of dealing with cases of allegations of physical and sexual abuse as well as extensive experience of cases involving domestic violence. He is experienced in dealing with fact finding hearings in this context. Nick is particularly experienced in dealing with cases involving litigants in person.
Nick is experienced in all aspects of injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996.
Nick is qualified to accept cases under the direct public access scheme. He accepts direct access instructions in family cases to advise generally in respect of proceedings or proposed applications, assist in the preparation of paperwork, and represent clients at Court from the beginning to the end of a case.
A County Council v (1) X (By her Guardian Official Solicitor) (2) Y (3) J (By her Guardian)  EWCA Civ 581. Appeared in the Court of Appeal on a matter of post-adoption contact.