Nicola (formerly Simpson) Martin has recently relinquished the role of Head of the Family Law Group in chambers after five years leading this professional and busy team. She is one of a minority of experienced family lawyers who not only conducts high net worth ancillary relief proceedings but also complex care cases (involving death or serious injury to a child) and sensitive private law children matters, including abduction and relocation.
With experience over 30 years spanning from FPC to Privy Council Nicola brings a pragmatic and helpful approach to her cases and renowned for skillful cross examination, retaining an empathy with clients from all walks of life.
Recent notable cases include:
Ancillary Relief high net worth involving assets worldwide and allegations of hidden assets and non disclosure 
Care proceedings involving serious injuries, including fractures and brain injuries to a baby. Consideration of whether the extended family were implicated and if not whether the children could be sufficiently safeguarded within the family 
Contested residence and internal relocation contact proceedings with background of serious assault, alleged assault on a child with social services and Police involvement 
High value ancillary relief involving pre martial assets and disputed dissipation 
Representing young mother in care proceedings. Difficult issues in relation to extended family, history of removal of previous children, parents abusive relationship 
Representing father in relation to high net worth Sch 1 Children’s Act claims, including overseas trusts. Application to strike out and variation of child arrangements. International elements 
Complex Ancillary Relief case with allegations of hidden assets. Previous intevener proceedings. Future ownership of joint business 
Representation of a young mother in care proceedings resulting in return to her of 3 year old child and retention of unborn baby. Allegations of drug taking and chaotic lifestyle 
“I should just like to say thank you for your support over what has been a very difficult and stressful few days . I believe the outcome is fair and in the lower region of what we expected… (The solicitor) said you were the best there is and he was absolutely correct”. 
Abbott v Abbott [ 2007] UKPC 53  1 FLR 1451 PC