‘The barrister, who was really good, I feel confident with him and how he works I really like’
‘Nick was excellent, just the kind of person I needed to support me – very calm’
Nicholas qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1979 and in Hong Kong in 1992. He was awarded Higher Rights of Audience (All Proceedings) as a solicitor in 1997 and transferred to the Bar in November 2014.
After returning to England in 1997, Nicholas practised as an independent solicitor advocate in general practice (criminal and civil) on the Western Circuit, moving on to be a principal in-house crown court advocate for a local firm, until transferring to the Bar.
Nicholas practised in both family law and criminal law upon transferring to the Bar. After being inundated with family law instructions, he now specialises exclusively in family law. He acts for local authorities, guardians and the Official Solicitor in all aspects of public law. Nicholas has appeared at all levels of the Family Court and also represents parties in family injunctions.
Nicholas is known for his thorough preparation, determination and hardworking nature. He has a strong reputation for his empathetic approach with clients. His client care skills when dealing with vulnerable, demanding and difficult clients is exceptional. He manages to put both his lay and professional clients at ease with his friendly, down-to-earth approach, while retaining common sense and passion.
Nicholas is often instructed in finding of fact hearings and those relating to domestic abuse and non-accidental injury in which his criminal law experience is particularly relevant. Numerous crown court jury trials, and the art of cross-examination within these, have equipped Nicholas with invaluable advocacy skills within finding of fact hearings. His knowledge of the criminal process is especially beneficial when family proceedings run alongside criminal proceedings or investigations.
Nicholas is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.