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:
F (Child’s Objections) (was Re N on appeal)  EWCA Civ 1022 (14 October 2015) England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
Successfully acting for the appellant in a child abduction case considering the “child’s objections” exception to the summary return of children to Australia. Consideration of the meaning of “objections”. Leading counsel instructed on behalf of the Respondent.
Taukacs v Taukaca  EWHC 2365 (Fam) (03 August 2015) England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Holman J
Child abduction case dealing with the drafting of the standard location order
S (Wardship: Summary return: non-Convention country)  EWHC 176 (Fam) (29 January 2015)  EWHC 176 (Fam); England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Pauffley J
Child abduction case considering the return of a child under the inherent jurisdiction to a non-convention country.
MD v AA & Anor  EWHC 2756 (Fam) (31 July 2014) England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Peter Jackson J
Acting for the child on an application for/ appeal against the recognition, registration and enforcement of a foreign custody order under Article 23 of Brussels II Revised
K v B  EWHC B7 (Fam) (31 January 2014) England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Alex Verdan QC
First instance child abduction case relating to an application for the return of a 15 year old child under the Hague Convention
FQ v MQ & Ors  EWHC 4149 (Fam) (20 December 2013) England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Hogg J
Acting for the children on an application for the summary return of children to America. Nick appeared alone against leading counsel instructed on behalf of both parents.
S (A Child), Re  UKSC 10 (14 March 2012)  2 AC 257,  2 All ER 603,  2 FLR 442,  2 WLR 721,  Fam Law 639,  UKSC 10 United Kingdom Supreme Court
Acting for the respondent in the appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in S v C  EWCA Civ 1385. The Supreme Court reconsidered Article 13 (b) of the Hague Convention in relation to psychiatric issues raised as a defence to summary return. Having conducted this case on his own at first instance and in the Court of Appeal Nick was led by Anthony Kirk QC from 1kbw, against James Turner QC, also from 1kbw.
S v C  EWCA Civ 1385 (02 December 2011)  1 FCR 172,  Fam Law 261; England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
Successfully acting for the appellant in a child abduction case where the first instance judge had found that the child should not return to Australia pursuant to Article 13(b). Nick conducted this case on his own and against James Turner QC from 1kbw in the Court of Appeal.
F (A Child)  EWCA Civ 416 (19 March 2009)  2 FLR 1023,  EWCA Civ 416,  Fam Law 785; England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
Appeal against the decision of the judge to allow a child to remain in the UK based on his objections and consideration of the rights of custody of an unmarried Polish father. Nick appeared alone at first instance and in the Court of Appeal against leading counsel.
M v F & Ors  EWHC 2049 (Fam) (20 August 2008)  2 FLR 1884,  EWHC 2049 (Fam),  Fam Law 1076,  1 FCR 177; England and Wales High Court (Family Division); Black J
Successful application for the return of a child to Poland despite his being in the UK for more than 12 months and the abducting father relying on the defence of settlement. Nick appeared alone against leading counsel.
- Encyclopedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters, Wildblood & Eaton (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Essential Family Practice (Butterworths)