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Nicola Walker



I lead the Irwin Mitchell's family law team in Bristol and have been a family law specialist for over 20 years with extensive experience in both the financial and Children Act litigation that can arise out of relationship breakdown. I am also collaboratively trained and have built up a substantial practice in this alternative way to resolve the issues faced on separation.

I believe that expert advice is essential to enable separating couples to deal with the practical and legal issues that face them on separation in the most effective manner. I am particularly aware that clients are very conscious of costs in these difficult economic times and am always happy to work with them to provide a legal service that suits their financial circumstances.


Praised for her "sensible and straightforward" manner; "She has a calm and unflappable presence, and is always available. Clients find her really reassuring and a constant support.  - Chambers & Partners 2017

Sources describe her as “highly intelligent and highly focused,” highlighting her “strong and well-deserved reputation.” - Chambers & Partners 2016

She favours a collaborative approach, and garners praise for her "ability to turn legal terminology into easily understood language." - Chambers & Partners 2015

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy the constructive aspects of advising client in difficult times, helping them with their options in moving forward and resolving the challenging circumstances that they face.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I enjoy being a member of a national law team with all the support and resources that this brings. The Birmingham team has lots of local knowledge that enables us to provide our clients with the best possible service. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office I am kept very busy by my own family I am the mother of teenage boys and therefore have a second career as a taxi driver and cash machine!

When I have time to myself I enjoy running and gardening and simply spending time with my friends and family.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 31/08/2017
    Court of Appeal Decision In Hart v Hart

    “Mrs Hart has always sought a fair settlement on established principles that reflect the length of her marriage and her contribution to it. “She has behaved in an exemplary fashion in conducting the proceedings which were extraordinarily difficult, lengthy and costly due to the lack of information from Mr Hart. “It is disappointing that the Court has once again erred in the favour of Mr Hart. Given that the couple were married for 23 years, the settlement should have been based on an equal sharing of the assets they created between them during this time. Any difficulty in separating the matrimonial assets from the non-matrimonial in this case is entirely the result of Mr Hart’s refusal to provide relevant information which was available to him. “It appears unfair that in these circumstances that it is Mrs Hart who must bear the consequences, and surprising that the Court of Appeal has now endorsed this unfairness. “For nearly 20 years it has been settled principle that divorcing spouses should share equally in the fruits of their matrimonial partnership. Mr Hart frustrated that enquiry by his refusal to provide relevant information, and has been allowed to reap the benefits. Mrs Hart maintains that this is unfair and sets a dangerous precedent. “The decision of the Court of Appeal leaves the law in a state of flux; it allows a Trial Judge to find that even where it is not properly evidenced, the financial contribution of one spouse outweighs the family and domestic contribution of the other. This can lead to a result that is unfair and discriminatory, as it has done in this case. More such results are likely to follow, with the potential to set the law back more than 20 years.”

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  • 27/07/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth Hires Associate In Bristol Family Team

    “Erin’s appointment as an Associate in the Bristol office’s Family Law team has greatly strengthened the offering and outreach that Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has in the South West.” “Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has been great at hiring new talent and Erin is no exception. Her mixed background in business and family law will be a welcome complement to the full range of services we offer our clients at our Bristol office.” “We know that Erin will strive to achieve the very best result for her clients. Family and divorce matters can be a challenging time for those involved, and so it’s vital that we recognise the importance of sensitivity when handling cases. With Erin on board we can provide an even better service to the South West.”

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  • 20/03/2015
    Award Win For Irwin Mitchell Family Lawyer

    Mark is a very deserving winner of this award and we are proud of his work on behalf of his clients. Our job as family lawyers is to help our clients deal with the legal, emotional and practical consequences in the immediate aftermath of a separation. “It’s not always easy but Mark has shown that he is willing to put his clients first and achieve excellent results to help them come through a difficult time in their lives.”

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  • 05/09/2014
    Irwin Mitchell Supports Malvern Music Festival

    Irwin Mitchell is very proud to be part of this fantastic festival again this year. The calibre of the performers and musicians is second to none and we are looking forward to seeing them in action. “We are thrilled to be supporting this event and be able to celebrate the established and up and coming acts that will be performing this year at the festival.”

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