Practice areas

Civil, Family, Land and Property

Year of call: 2000

Nigel specialises in Civil and Family law with a particular specialism in certain aspects of Land & Property law and regularly appears in the County Court, Family Court, the High Court and the First Tier Property Chamber.

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Nigel originally studied agriculture and worked in Africa and the Middle East for many years before coming to the Bar.  His previous experience in this industry places him well for any agricultural-related disputes including complex private FDR disputes in high net worth divorce cases involving land and property.

Nigel has a reputation for his clinical advocacy skills having spent his formative years at the Bar in many criminal courts across the West Midlands gaining significant experience with the most difficult of witnesses.  He also has a very strategic  approach and always considers the stark commerciality of pursuing litigation in situations where there may be options.

Nigel qualified as a mediator in 2008 and carries out mediation across the UK in all his areas of specialism.  He also accepts Direct Instructions under the DPA scheme allowing him to work in-house for solicitors, businesses and local authorities.

Practice Areas

TOLATA/Trust disputes

Land & Property disputes including boundary disputes and agricultural tenancy issues

Inheritance Act claims

Wills & Probate

Children Act Cases

Private FDR

Public Law

Examples of recent work include:

  • Arrangements for children after divorce or separation, including intractable disputes and those involving allegations of violence or abuse
  • Specific issues regarding children’s upbringing, including schooling, medical treatment, and change of name
  • Requests to take children abroad, either temporarily or permanently
  • Enforcement of and variation to existing orders regarding children
  • Children cases with an international dimension
  • FDR involving farming business and estate worth over 5 million
  • Financial remedies following sale of UK business in South Africa
  • Applications relating to pensions held in the U.S. and FDR proceedings
  • FDR involving monies held in trust and in the IOM and failure to disclose

Examples of recent civil work include:

  • Agricultural land and tenancy disputes
  • Adverse Possession claims
  • Crop/land damage claims
  • Trespass and adverse possessions claims
  • Equine contractual issues
  • Easement and boundary disputes
  • Nuisance claims
  • Commercial contract claims
  • Landlord and tenant issues involving the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and Arbitration Act 1986