NICOLA’S FAVOURITE QUOTE

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Muhammad Ali

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NICOLA

Nicola is a well-known and highly respected Senior Associate, experienced in representing parents, local authorities, grandparents and children in a wide range of Public Law cases, including adoption matters. Her experience ranges from cases involving elements of emotional, physical and sexual abuse to those involving brain injuries where there are concerns that the child may have been shaken, as well as infantile death due to possible non-accidental injuries.

Nicola has advised and represented parents with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties both directly and through the Official Solicitor.  She has developed a wide practice dealing with cases with international elements within the European Union and beyond, for example, the transfer of cases within the EU, and radicalisation issues involving the removal of children to Syria. In one such case the High Court Judge used an emoji, in his official Judgment, to help children understand the family law.

She has experience in private law cases including complex and intractable contact disputes, some of which have involved international elements. She also has experience in TOLATA matters and is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and Manchester and Liverpool Law Society.

SPECIALISMS:

ADOPTION

ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND SURROGACY

CHILD ABDUCTION

CHILD RELOCATION

CHILD CARE PROCEEDINGS

FERTILITY LAW

What others say:

‘I have worked with Nicola on several occasions and find her to be extremely professional. It is always a relief when she is instructed on cases. Nicola is sensitive to the issues within care proceedings and is realistic. It is reassuring when you know you are working alongside her.’  View from a local authority client

“Having worked with Nicola for many years, I am always relieved when she is allocated a case. Nicola is proactive and reliable. She has a sound understanding of the pressures facing my workers and strives for the best possible outcomes for children.” View from a local authority client

“Nicola saved my family. I would have been lost without her guidance and support.” View from a parent

“I could not thank her enough for her hard work and caring approach…. I felt the judge really listened to her, and my case. I am delighted that my children are finally safe.” View from a parent

“I wanted to let you know how much I have valued Nicola’s input on behalf of the children.  Her legal advice has given me the confidence to challenge the parents on welfare issues where appropriate. Nicola has always made herself available to have lengthy case discussions and she has really helped me reflect on my decision-making on behalf of the children. She has helped me consider potential contentious issues within local authorities’ evidence that I had not seen. I always get a sense that Nicola invests in a case, no stone is left unturned and this is reflected in her detailed position statements. Whenever I have Nicola on a case, I feel listened to and confident that my reports are thorough and robust.  She has provided me with excellent advice and support.” CAFCASS officer

 

 

 

 

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