“I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”



Nicola graduated her Legal Practice Course from the University of Sheffield and originally qualified into fraud litigation.  Her experience in this field means she has a particular aptitude for high value and multi-asset financial disputes, where there may be a concern surrounding undisclosed income or assets. Through her connections with forensic experts worldwide, Nicola has claimed the name as “the one who always finds the money”.

Known for her discretion and keeping her client’s matrimonial affairs out of the media spotlight, Nicola is much sought after by high profile individuals. She acted in one of the top three, highest value divorces in the UK of 2018, such having a a net asset base in excess of £150m.  As an acknowledged expert in the complex field of private FDRs (Financial Dispute Resolutions, held privately outside of court) she attracts many celebrity and high net worth clients who seek her out for both her unique skill set and her ability to resolve their divorce quickly and discreetly.

Outside of “big money” cases, she is also highly-experienced in unmarried and/or cohabitee disputes concerning property and provision for children (known as “Schedule 1 and ToLATA” cases).

Prior to her role with McAlister Family Law, she held the position of associate partner with Laytons LLP, as well as working with BLM Solicitors and Hill Dickinson LLP.

She is listed as a “key lawyer” by Legal 500.






Pensions and divorce

Businesses and divorce

Freezing orders

Financial Disputes

Pre and post nuptial agreements

International and expat divorce

Children Disputes

International child relocation

Grandparent's rights

Child Maintenance

What others say:

““Nicola is phenomenal at her job and I found her a great help with great attention to detail. I found her to be highly supportive and guided me through my situation successfully. I cannot thank Nicola enough and would highly recommend her.” Ronnie James

“I highly recommend Nicola to anyone going through a difficult divorce. I was not worried at all, all my stress was alleviated; she very professional and on top of her game at all times and does not miss a trick. I do not know how I would have got through this past year without her support and dedicated work ethic.” Kiran Gill

“I honestly couldn’t recommend Niki Shaw enough, she helped me through an extremely complicated divorce. Niki was not only extremely professional, she was proactive and found solutions to truly difficult situations – she is passionate and extremely determined. There are an awful lot of lawyers who ‘just do their job’ but she goes that extra mile, and her kindness and her determination is honestLy rare. I feel truly blessed I met her and I would recommend her to anybody going through a divorce. She made a horrible situation a lot more bearable.” Emma Parks

“Nicola is so professional, capable and above all caring and compassionate. This is so important for women and men going through divorce, which for most of us is unimaginable and traumatic. Thank you Nikki.” Linda Gill

“A consummate professional, Nicola is technically sound and has an ability to make you feel instantly at ease and protected. She’s compassionate and fair, yet brilliantly feisty when she needs to turn the heat up over legal correspondence or in Court, and has that key ingredient many other lawyers seem to lack – empathy. A true legal gem. Thank you Nicola, I will always recommend you.” Steve Morrisey

Press and Publications:

Nicola’s expert opinion is frequently sought by multiple national publications, including academic journals Lexis Nexis and Family Law Journal, legal websites such as The Brief, and media outlets the Sunday Times, the Manchester Evening News and numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the North West.  She has also written for a number of Police publications, advising on, among other family law issues, prenups and pensions.


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