Nicola is a non-practising barrister specialising in all aspects of financial matters in family law dispute resolution, conducting Private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluations, as well as offering independent opinions in collaborative law cases
Having taken early retirement as a full time District Judge, Nicola continues to sit as a fee paid District Judge. She was the first Financial Remedies Lead Judge for the Cleveland, Durham and Newcastle cluster, a position she held until she left the full time Bench in October 2022.
Nicola was called to the Bar in 1992 and specialised in financial remedies, ToLaTA , Schedule 1, and Inheritance Act claims, regularly being recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Nicola was instructed across a broad spectrum of claims, with a particular interest in farming cases.
She was one of the first trained family law arbitrators under the IFLA scheme, qualifying in 2012 and, prior to becoming a District Judge, was one of the most frequently instructed arbitrators nationally.
Trained in 2007 as a collaborative lawyer, she was at the vanguard of collaborative working, in which she retains an active interest.
Her interest in dispute resolution stems from participating in the LlM dispute resolution module at the University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1998.
She has been a scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in addition to obtaining 2 scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn which enabled her to enter the legal profession.
Nicola has chaired the North East Financial Remedies conference for the past 4 years, and was invited to give the key note speech at the North East ADR conference in October 2022.
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