nick barnes

Practice areas

Civil, Family

Year of call: 1996

Nicholas is an experienced lawyer with a comprehensive common law practice. He is an extremely versatile practitioner who thrives on working in family and civil cases. He is experienced in all Courts up to the Court of Appeal and throughout the country, particularly on the Western Circuit, on the South Eastern Circuit and in London.

Nick is the Head of the Civil and Family Teams.

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Having previously qualified as a Solicitor Nicholas is acutely aware of the pressures and needs of instructing solicitors. He is conscientious and committed to providing an extremely high level of work.


Nicholas’s work covers family-related financial disputes and enforcement. This includes probate disputes, financial remedies (including overseas), claims under schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, disputes under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and cohabitee disputes (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996). Nicholas also drafts and advises on nuptial, living together and separation agreements.

Nicholas undertakes public and private law children disputes representing parents, third parties and Guardians with an emphasis on cases arising from neglect, non-accidental injuries, drugs and alcohol, fabricated/induced illness, alienation and removal from the jurisdiction.


Nicholas’s work covers civil disputes in wills/probate, contract, bankruptcy/insolvency, partnership, commercial, professional negligence, land including neighbour/boundary/rights of way/trees, commercial property personal injury, credit hire, debt/loans, highway, misrepresentation and trespass (person, land and goods).

Nicholas has recently appeared in the reported case of Jones v Murrell [2016] EWHC 3036 (QB)

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  • LL.B (Hons)
  • ICSL
  • QLTT


Inner Temple

Professional Associations

  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
  • Direct Access Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association

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