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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Jones Nickolds

Lisa Jones and Claire Nickolds are highly rated for the large and growing niche team built at Jones Nickolds. Their expertise spans divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitation and private children work and many of the cases have international elements. The team handles contentious cases that can go to the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as those that are settled; the 'excellent' Rachel Woodd is a mediator and Laura Smail is a Resolution-accredited expert. The 'exceptional' Gemma Irving is highlighted for her adept handling of complex financial and children cases.

Practice head(s):Lisa Jones; Claire Nickolds

Other key lawyers:Rachel Woodd; Laura Smail; Gemma Irving


'They have carved a niche in Kent and seem to be well connected. They are well led by Claire Nickold and Lisa Jones.'

'Gemma Irving has undertaken cases impeccably and I have received universally excellent feedback from the people I have referred.'

'Gemma Irving is an exceptional lawyer who provides rigorous City advice standards at considerably more affordable rates.'

'The team is female only, highly experienced with a wealth of family law know how. All intelligent, practical and sensible plus extremely experienced.'

'I worked with Laura Smail who was brilliant throughout. A kind, compassionate highly intelligent solicitor with 20 years of family law experience. Extremely sensible, hardworking and knows her stuff!'

'Rachel Woodd is excellent.  A safe pair of hands who deals with matters in a calm, sensible outcome-focused way.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a spouse in financial remedy proceedings and which included an application to uphold a pre-nuptial agreement. There were also ongoing Children Act proceedings.
  • Acted for a spouse in the first arbitration dealing with combined financial and children matters.
  • Acting for a parent in complex and wide ranging children proceedings and which included an application for leave to remove the children from the UK.
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