nick barnes

Practice areas

Civil, Family

Year of call: 1996

Nicholas Barnes is a  barrister with expertise in family financial disputes and a broad practice in civil litigation.

Nicholas is the Head of the Civil and Family Teams.

Nicholas is able to host conferences, meetings and hearings by Zoom and MS Teams.

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Nicholas frequently appears in the courts in trials, applications and interim hearings in the first instance and appellate jurisdictions while managing a diverse practice advising on paper and drafting documents. He appears in the County Court, Family Court, Tribunals, Court of Protection, High Court and Court of Appeal. Nicholas applies ability and originality to a gamut of complicated legal disputes. He is an inventive and lateral thinker who works confidently across his skill areas. His practice range and deep legal comprehension ensures complex cases are clearly traversed. Nicholas is hardworking, gets tasks done, is very approachable and is very willing to help.

Nicholas enjoys contributing sensible and effectual answers to the problems faced by solicitors and clients. He enjoys working as part of a team with solicitors and clients. He is well-known for taking an innovative sensible approach to clients’ troubles. He strives to bring cases to a rapid, cost-effective and reasonable close.

Nicholas can receive instructions by direct access directly from members of the public and businesses.

Practice Areas

Agreements (Cohabitation & Nuptial)
Boundary Disputes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Children Act Schedule 1
Cohabitee / Trust Disputes
Commercial and Property Costs
Court of Protection
Financial Remedies
Inheritance Act Claims
Injunctions (Civil, Harassment & Civil)
Neighbour Disputes
Negligence (including Professional)
Personal Injury
Wills and Probate

Examples of recent work:

  • The abduction by a parent of children to a Hague Convention country (their country of birth).
  • Property disputes concerning financial remedies and a conflict with family members who invested in the marital property.
  • Application under Schedule 1 by parents with children against a parent for similar property provision.
  • A boundary and party wall dispute concerning a fire break and wall covering part of a building.
  • Financial remedies appeal in the Court of Appeal concerning whether the lump sum order against a husband could be enforced against a trust.
  • A residential property dispute concerning counter allegations of neglect and dilapidations.
  • A section 37 application in financial remedies to set aside the transfer of company shares.
  • Financial remedies appeal where the judge made a final order before decree nisi.
  • Jones v Murrell [2016] EWHC 3036 (QB) []
  • A Barder application concerning physical and mental health issues arising after a final financial remedies order.


Family Law Bar Association
Direct Access Bar Association
Property Bar Association


  • LL.B (Hons)
  • ICSL
  • QLTT


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