Nicola has 18 years of experience in all aspects of family law. She is regularly instructed in difficult, complex and litigious cases particularly ones with a foreign element e.g. Assoun v Assoun or those involving individuals from wealthy backgrounds but without their own independent wealth such as S-v-M (Maintenance Pending Suit) EWHC 4109 (Fam).
Nicola offers her clients a “bespoke family service” and is known to provide excellent client care. All work is received through personal recommendation (often by her opponents). As well as being well known for her skills in litigious cases, Nicola is also a trained mediator with a degree in Psychology and can use those skills to provide early resolution for clients in appropriate cases.
In respect of financial cases, Nicola successfully applied for one of the first Legal Services Order for a review of maintenance case, providing for legal fees in the sum of £225,000 to be met by the opponent husband (which he appealed and lost and then he appealed and lost the successful increase of spousal and child periodical payments. This case is now continuing with enforcement proceedings in New York and Texas with Nicola’s involvement). Nicola also successfully dealt with one of the first post-Radmacher cases concerning prenuptial agreements and foreign marital regimes Z -v- Z  EWHC 2878 (Fam) (No 2). In addition, the case of S-v-M (Maintenance Pending Suit)  EWHC 4109 (Fam) involved the successful appeal by a husband against an order for interim maintenance which could only have been met by the husband’s father, who refused to pay. This case then led to one of the first successful decisions for a strikeout of a financial remedy claim by a wife (although unreported).
Levison Meltzer Pigott, London
Equity Partner, 2007 to October 2018
Mishcon de Reya, London
Partner (from 2004), 2000 to 2007
Hodge Jones & Allen, London
Trainee and Solicitor, 1997 to 2000
Nicola has expertise in jurisdictional disputes relating to both divorce and children, with two of the leading cases in this area [Z -v- Z  1 FLR 694] and [Cook-v-Plummer  EWCA Civ 484], having been successfully managed by Nicola to great outcomes for her clients.
In respect of children’s cases, Nicola regularly acts on behalf of parents in complex Children Act proceedings, often involving Social Services and has particular expertise acting for high net worth individuals with substance abuse issues.