Nicola is meticulous in her preparation of cases and gives sound, realistic advice to clients but remains tenacious in her role at court. Clients appreciate her affable, down to earth approach and efficient manner when dealing with issues.
Re A (a child) (Schedule 1, CA / Insolvency Act) – Acted for Mother in a case involving applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act and the Insolvency Act 1986. The Father had failed to comply with several consent orders. He was also involved in significant dissipation of assets by making transactions at an undervalue to his wife and, as the MCA could not apply, the Insolvency Act was used to attack the validity of these transactions.
Re C (MCA) - Acted for Wife where Husband had been involved in significant dissipation of assets, very limited and/or selective disclosure and blatant disregard for court orders.
Re N (a child) – Acted for a Father in private law proceedings where the Cafcass Officer stated there should be no order for contact based on old allegations of violence. The Father now has increasing and substantial contact.
Re B (a child) – Acted for Father in a case where Mother had fled the family home with the child to another part of the country, citing allegations of domestic violence. The case was subject to a lengthy fact finding hearing where none of the allegations were proved and at final hearing a change of residence was ordered due to there being a greater risk of emotional harm to the child if the child were to remain with the Mother.
Re S – Acted for an adult son who sought a declaration of parentage. He was the youngest of 8 children from the same couple who had both been married before. Due to the stigma of divorce in the 1930s, his birth had been incorrectly registered with his parents being named as his biological father and his Father’s former wife, rather than his biological mother. The son wanted to correct the position; however, given that his parents were deceased it was not straightforward and DNA evidence from his surviving siblings was required.
Re M (a child) – Acted for new parents in a surrogacy case, obtaining a parental order.
Re V (a child) – Advised in a sensitive DNA case where a non-biological ‘father’ applied for a contact order.
Re A (a child) – Acting for a Local Authority; led in a case involving allegations of fabricated or induced illness (FII). Significant and complex medical evidence involved and a 16-day fact finding hearing.
Re C (children) – Acted for Mother in lengthy neglect proceedings involving seven children.