Nick has a practice involving both financial and children work. Much of his children work involves an international element, including applications under the Hague Convention, applications for permission to relocate and decisions about a child’s habitual residence. He is often instructed by CAFCASS legal as well as acting for parents.
Nick’s financial work is broad based, from the county court to high value cases in the High Court. Nick is often involved in cases involving third party claims, whether relating to trusts, family members or companies.
Nick often appears led by, or against, leading counsel.
Nick is a qualified mediator and a trained collaborative counsel. He mediates in both children and financial cases.
What the directories say:
For several years Nick has been recommended in the area of Matrimonial Finance by Chambers and Partners directory, where he has been described as “a down to earth advocate who relates well to clients” and about whom solicitors have said “he has constantly been the source of excellent advice and shows a willingness to go the extra mile for us and our clients”.
Nick is also recommended for his children work by Legal 500, where he is described as “excellent”.
Cases of interest:
- Re S  UKSC 10 in which the Supreme Court reconsidered Article 13 (b) of the Hague Convention in relation to psychiatric issues raised as a defence to summary return. Nick conducted this case on his own at first instance and in the Court of Appeal (where he appeared against James Turner QC from 1kbw). In the Supreme Court, Nick was led by Anthony Kirk QC from 1kbw.
- M v M (Abduction: Settlement)  2 FLR 1884 where Black J ordered the return of two children to Poland notwithstanding that they had been in the UK for more than 12 months and the children’s strong wish to remain in the UK. Nick appeared against Alison Ball QC.
- Re F (A Child)  EWCA Civ 416 where the Court of Appeal approved the decision of the judge to decline to return a 7 year old child in abduction proceedings solely on the basis of the child’s own views. Thorpe LJ also gave guidance on how to resolve conflicts of expert evidence as to whether a parent has ‘rights of custody’ under foreign law in Brussels II cases by involving his office and international liaison judges. Nick appeared alone against Marcus Scott-Manderson QC at first instance and in the Court of Appeal.
- Encyclopedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters, Wildblood & Eaton (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Essential Family Practice (Butterworths)