|Qualifications:||LLB (First Class), PhD (Law)|
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Before coming to the Bar, Nicky enjoyed a long career as an academic lawyer. She graduated from the University of Exeter in 1992 with a First Class degree in Law and in 1998 with a PhD in Law. She was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter from 1992-2004 and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Plymouth from 2004 until 2007. Nicky taught family law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
In July 2007 Nicky successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course, being graded ‘outstanding’ overall. She is a member of Gray’s Inn and was awarded the Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship in 2006. Since coming to the Bar Nicky has specialised exclusively in family law proceedings.
Nicky accepts instructions in all aspects of family law:
- In public law proceedings Nicky regularly acts for Local Authorities (Somerset County Council, Devon County Council, Torbay Council and Plymouth City Council), Guardians, parents and grandparents
- Nicky has significant experience of representing parents in emergency public law applications in respect of their children.
- In private law proceedings Nicky regularly acts in parental disputes over children, non-molestation and occupation applications.
- Nicky has significant experience in respect of matrimonial financial relief and TOLATA claims.
Plymouth City Council v E & S (2010 unreported)
Nicky’s client was a young father who faced being separated from his new-born son when Plymouth City Council attempted to remove the baby from hospital to foster care. Nicky managed however to secure a parent and child placement for the family. Ultimately the proceedings concluded with the baby being placed permanently in the father’s care. Father and child continue to do well.
Devon County Council v R (2012 unreported)
Nicky acted on behalf of a mother during a five day final hearing in respect of care proceedings brought by Devon County Council to permanently remove four children from their Mother’s care. Two children were already in foster care but Nicky secured reunification of all of the children into their Mother’s care under a twelve month Supervision Order.
Re: S (2012 Unreported)
Nicky acted on behalf of a father in proceedings in the High Court in Bristol under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. It was a complex case which ultimately concluded with Nicky securing indirect contact between the Father and his daughter.
Torbay Council v L & M (2012 unreported)
Nicky’s client, a 15-year-old boy, who was judged to be Gillick competent (competent to instruct his own legal team), together with Counsel for his mother and father, persuaded a court that he and his four siblings should remain at home in the joint care of his mother and father, contrary to the recommendations of numerous professionals, including a psychologist, social workers and the Guardian. The family are flourishing.
W v H (2013 unreported)
Nicky acted on behalf of a father in an application for contact with his 4 year old daughter. Allegations of serious domestic violence were made against him and as a result there was a fact finding hearing in which the vast majority of allegations were not proven. He is now enjoying regular contact with his daughter.
Plymouth City Council v R & M (2013 unreported)
Nicky acted on behalf of Plymouth City Council in respect of a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome. Nicky resisted the child being returned to the mother’s care, despite the opposition of the Guardian. The child is now flourishing in the care of her grandmother under a Special Guardianship Order.
Devon County Council v W (2013 unreported)
Nicky acted for a young mother whose child had been removed from her care by Devon County Council. The Local Authority’s plan was one of adoption. Nicky was able to demonstrate to the Court that the removal of the child was unlawful and as a consequence, the Court returned the child to the mother’s care. The mother has since had a second child and both children are thriving in their mother’s care.
2007 Gray’s Inn
1992 LLB Exeter University (First Class Degree)
1998 PhD (Law) Exeter University
2007 Bar Course UWE (Outstanding)
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Member of the Western Circuit since 2008
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