Nicola has a wide range of experience in relation to family cases. She undertakes all aspects of children work, both private and public law.
In public law she appears for local authorities, parents and children. She has extensive experience of representing local authorities in cases including those with multiple parties and a number of experts. She has represented parents with learning difficulties, victims of domestic violence and those with addiction problems. She has represented parents and the child in complex fact finding hearings. Through her criminal practice she has gained extensive experience of conducting cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses and is able to effectively transfer this experience into the family court.
She represents parents in all forms of private law disputes including those where a children’s guardian has been appointed. She has regularly appeared on behalf of parties in non-molestation and occupation order applications including those with allegations of significant and sustained domestic violence.
- LA v KH & Ors  EWFC B68 (OJ): Represented, having been instructed by way of direct access, a potential special guardian in a finding of fact hearing where the client was accused of having sexually assaulted his step-daughter on a number of occasions.
- Represented a father in a fact finding hearing where his young baby had sustained a range of fractures to his legs and wrists.
- Represented the child in a case listed for both a fact finding and final hearing where the mother alleged historic sexual abuse of her by the proposed special guardian.
- Represented the local authority in a complicated and long running public law case which involved repeated allegations of domestic violence and collusion between the parents. The children were placed with a number of extended family members under a variety of different orders where the actions of the father caused repeated potential breakdowns of the placements.