I am a Partner specialising in all areas of private family law work. I am based in our Manchester office but have clients across the UK, most notably in London.
I have broad experience of financial matters, ranging from high-net-worth cases, to those cases where the assets are more modest but the issues no less complex or important. I have particular expertise in cases where there are complicated matters, such as those involving international issues, business assets and trusts. I also specialise in cases where there are suspected hidden assets or non-disclosure. I am regularly instructed on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, to protect family or future wealth.
My focus is on settling cases at an early stage where ever possible, as this approach maximises the assets available for distribution. If an early settlement is not possible, court proceedings may be necessary and I adopt a strategic approach to achieve the best outcome for my clients.
I am a Resolution accredited specialist in Complex Financial and Property Matters (High Income Households and Substantial Assets) and I am one of the only specialists in the North West in European and International Law.
I also deal with private children matters. These can range from a dispute about the holidays, to an application by one parent to take a child to live permanently in another country.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I wanted the chance to offer people advice and assistance that makes a real difference to their lives.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I find adding value rewarding, as you can see the tangible difference it makes to people's lives. Also, family law can be very technical and I enjoy getting into the detail of a case. Combining this with a human touch is fulfilling, as we are advising people on decisions that will affect their future.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I try to keep fit and enjoy running home from the office in an evening. It helps clear the mind! However, since becoming a dad, I seem to be running around at home, rather than out on the streets!
I have contributed articles to a number of publications, including Family Law Journal, Family Law Bar Association and the Resolution Review. I have also presented on family law issues.
"He represents his client's interests but without inflaming things unnecessarily." - Chambers & Partners, 2024 (Band 4)
"Nathaniel Groarke remains a go-to practitioner for businesspeople and entrepreneurs looking for wealth management guidance, as well as providing advice to an extensive list of international clients" - Legal 500, 2024 (Next Generation Partner)
"Nathaniel Groarke is extremely reliable, supportive to his clients, very good at strategy and has great judgement." - Legal 500, 2023
"Nathaniel Groarke has always been my main contact. He is very approachable, with an honest and balanced approach... Nathaniel Groarke runs a tight ship in Manchester" - Legal 500, 2022 (Next Generation Partner)
"He is very measured and a pleasure to deal with. He doesn't get riled, and is very methodical and consistent. On top of this, clients feel safe with him." - Chambers & Partners, 2022 (Leading Individual - band 3)
"He is very good to work with, very measured, and gives sensible and constructive advice." – Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual - Band 3)
Nathaniel is a 'Next Generation Partner'. – Legal 500, 2021
"Nathaniel Groarke has a growing reputation for his family practice, advising on complex international disputes related to children, as well as financial arrangements. Sources praise his calm and measured approach to difficult family proceedings." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"Great tactical brain and really knows what he is doing" – Legal 500, 2018/19
"He has always provided calm, thoughtful, well-considered advice and tries to maintain a conciliatory, straightforward approach to negotiations." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"One of the most talented solicitors I have come across in a long time" – Deborah Eaton QC (Joint Head of 1KBW)
"I was very pleased with the service I received from Irwin Mitchell, my solicitor acted with extreme professionalism, diligence and a lot of empathy. He made a difficult case a lot easier. I would not hesitate in recommending them and already have." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Nat Groarke and Lara Tucker have bee brilliant threw out the years irwin Mitchell have been representing me with the help of Darren Hark and Antonia Birchall, I felt every confidence we was going to get the right result, which we did. I would definitely recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone need a family solicitor" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Supportive, knowledgeable, extremely helpful. The team went the extra mile to make sure I understood everything, and was kept up to date and happy with how things were proceeding. I cannot recommend Nathaniel and Emily enough. Thank you for all you did." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Again, thank you so much. Your advice has been outstanding."
"Can I take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done for me. I believe I am in a lot better position than I would have been without your assistance... and your extremely skilful approach."