john_nicholson
Chambers Leading Individual 2014Legal 500 Leading Individual

I am a specialist in the financial aspects of marriage and relationship breakdown, although I also work frequently with parents who are having difficulty in dealing with contact issues in relation to their children.

I tend to act for high net worth individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, and am frequently involved in cases involving trusts, and where there is an international element.

I also deal with pre and post nuptial agreements.

During the last decade or so, the practice of family law has evolved. Although it is still necessary in some cases to litigate, family solicitors now try to look for sensible ways of settling cases outside the court process. I am a trained collaborative lawyer, and in appropriate cases will work with both clients and a fellow family solicitor on the structuring of a financial settlement, having committed to avoid any applications to the court.

Publications

  • Butterworth's Guide to the New Ancillary Relief Rules

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

Family Law is different in many respects from much of the law otherwise practiced in the City. My particular interest has always been in the "people" side of the job, using the law as a tool to try to reach the best result possible for them and supporting them in what is very often the most difficult time of their lives. I have only ever practiced in this area and it never fails to stimulate me as it did when I first started to study it.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Meeting very different people at a time of great stress and providing them with enough sensible advice and support to enable them to move on with their lives feeling positive.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

A truly national team of family lawyers is a great resource: it's quite easy to become insular within a geographical area and a close knit group of lawyers practicing in a single field can become stale in their approach. Swapping experiences with colleagues from across the country ensures that we are constantly challenged, and can cross-fertilise our respective practices with new ideas and approaches. It's also an exceptionally friendly place to work.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a long serving school governor, and sit on a number of the governors' committees and also as a trustee of the school’s charitable trust.  I garden keenly, but perhaps with more enthusiasm than skill, and I love to entertain friends at the weekends.