Nockolds Solicitors > Bishops Stortford, England > Firm Profile

Nockolds Solicitors
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Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Nockolds Solicitors is extremely active in high-value catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence claims, notably cases involving brain and spinal injuries. It also frequently handles Court of Protection work for clients who are unable to manage their personal affairs; senior associate Yasmin Ameer is an appointed Court of Protection Professional Deputy with over twenty years of experience. In addition to being active in court litigation, the firm also demonstrates strong capabilities in ADR (in the context of complaints and claims made by clients), with Jennie Jones heading up the specialist Resolution division.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:


I worked with Ms Yasmin Ameer as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. She was outstanding in her attention to detail and care of her client.’

Very client-centred approach with good team support.’

Yasmin Ameer is the very best for clinical negligence and head injury litigation, providing support long after the case is settled. Yasmin is an exceptional person and solicitor, giving advice gained through long experience to support the family of the client to provide for them in the time ahead.’

The key individual I work with is Yasmin Ameer. Her attention to detail is amazing and she has such a level head – certainly a figure of authority but also of calm reassurance and experience. She puts her clients at ease and is available at all times.’

The team at Nockholds Solicitors are very professional with excellent communication.’

Very experienced in clinical negligence.’

Yasmin Ameer – probably the most experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor in the country. Supremely able. Absolutely committed to her clients, fights hard for them and achieves great results. Cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a young girl who suffered a severe brain injury (and serious orthopaedic injuries) after being hit by a car while playing out in a residential area. Following investigations, the defendant has now admitted liability (after originally disputing it). The claim is now proceeding to quantum.
  • Handling a case where a baby suffered severe cognitive and physical impairment as a result of a birth injury. Although CTG trace showed signs of fetal distress, delivery was delayed for a number of hours. Highly likely this case will attract damages in excess of £15m
  • Handling a case where a baby was born seemingly healthy. However, when around one day old, she started to show symptoms which were misdiagnosed as meningitis. A CT scan was ordered but delayed. It was therefore five days before doctors realised she had suffered a life threatening brain haemorrhage and cerebral palsy. Claim value in excess of £20m.

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Based in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors advises a range of clients, from start-up businesses to large companies and high-net-worth individuals, on employment matters including discrimination cases, senior-level exits, TUPE aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses, redundancies and terminations of employment. Led my Darren Hayward, the team also assists Latin American countries with UK employment issues. Gary Smith advises clients on TUPE, restrictive covenants and acts in employment disputes including whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hayward

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‘The team are always up to speed with the latest legislation and always efficient with their advice and guidance.’

‘Excellent and clear communication. Supportive of our business needs. Nockolds has adapted extremely well to work throughout the pandemic. Guidance throughout this difficult time has been exceptional. First-class service with regards to helping us through the furlough scheme. Great value for money. Always very clear about costs and services.’

‘Gary Smith offers an exceptional service in all aspects of employment law, guiding us through new legislation and with the government schemes throughout the pandemic. Gary offers prompt, clear advice and help. He understands our business requirements as well as helping us support our employees through this time.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The team at Nockolds Solicitors advises high-net-worth individuals across Hertfordshire, Essex, and London on all contentious matters related to estates and will planning. The practice is led by commercial and property litigation head Daniel Winter, who litigates trusts and probate disputes on behalf of retired and elderly clients. He is assisted by associate Gemma Dudmish, who deals with matters such as financial fraud, breach of trust, and undue influence. They are joined by wills and probate team leader Peter King and Sarah Lockyer, who focuses on inheritance tax planning, trusts, and wills for elderly clients. Peter Dodd is an expert in co-habitee spousal claims under the Inheritance Act.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Winter


‘Daniel Winter is very sensitive to his client’s needs and is ready to work in close collaboration with counsel to maximise his client’s chances of success. He is happy to exchange ideas and tactics and is a pleasure for counsel to work with.’

‘This is a wonderful contentious trusts and probate team. They are experienced, knowledgable and work well together. ’

‘I have worked with Daniel Winter. He is very clever and has good attention to detail. I have also worked with Gemma Dudmish. She is smart, pragmatic and takes the time to understand the client’s objectives and concerns to best represent their interests.

Work highlights

  • Advised executors in respect of the administration of a £4.5m estate where there may be unascertained creditors with claims arising out of the deceased’s past misconduct.

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The family team at Nockolds Solicitors is well-established in the Hertfordshire and Essex regions, with experience in alternative dispute resolution methods including arbitration and mediation. The practice advises on high-value divorce and financial settlements, often with an international element, as well as complex matters involving children. Practice co-leader Lynn Cowley has experience in handling cross-border matters in Spain, while practice co-leader Peter Dodd advises on high-value divorce proceedings. Other key members of the team include Zen Thompson and Francesca Davey.

Practice head(s):

Lynn Cowley; Peter Dodd

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‘Nockolds are well known for their strong and knowledgeable family team. They will try to find the best solutions for their clients and are happy to discuss matters with fellow professionals to try and find the best outcomes. They are known for their positive and professional approach.’

‘Peter Dodd is an experienced, friendly and approachable professional colleague. He is someone who is easy to work with and always willing to discuss cases to find solutions and general family law issues.’

‘Great outreach and thought leadership. Multi-disciplinary practice offering in-house service to family law-related aspects.’

‘Calm, confident and solution-finding.’

‘A small team of family law specialists who really know their stuff.’

‘Peter Dodd is excellent at ADR and litigation.

‘Pete Dodd is a stand out partner. He naturally puts clients at ease in the collaborative environment which aides successful meetings and outcomes. He is one of my go-to collaborative solicitors when my client’s spouse/partner asks for a recommendation.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

Located in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors handles litigation concerning construction, insolvency, professional negligence, breaches of contract and product liability. Practice leader Daniel Winter deals with complex commercial contract disputes, claims relating to agency regulations, as well as professional negligence matters. Lucy Slatter has experience in shareholder and director disputes, and IP claims, while Samuel Cook handles contract claims and insolvency related work. Gemma Dudmish and George Burton are recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Winter


‘The team is very experienced  and provides a professional, efficient service to clients.’

‘Gemma Dudmish consistently has good insight into complex legal issues, and is also extremely thorough and clearly has an excellent ability to grasp and process complex facts.’ 

‘George Burton was very friendly, knowledgeable and hardworking. He took a pragmatic approach to the case and was able to cut through to the important issues.’

‘Daniel Winter is an impressive practitioner. He is sensible, clever and experienced in complex disputes.’

‘The team is very approachable and client focused.

‘Gemma Dudmish gives pragmatic advice to clients, always dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for them.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

Located in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors advises clients on complex purchase and sales transactions regarding sites for residential and commercial development, as well as handling matters including option agreements, conditional contracts and Section 106 agreements. Practice leader Michael Talbot advises local and regional property developers on the acquisition and development of sites, including planning and infrastructure agreements, while James Griffiths, who joined from Ashtons Legal in May 2020, specialises in property portfolio investment management work; and principal associate Lucy Riley handles leasehold enfranchisement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Talbot 

Other key lawyers:

Nockolds is an established law firm which offers reliable, quality legal advice to businesses and individuals.

The Firm
With a history dating back to 1831, we have supported clients through generations, providing almost 200 years of professional, personal services to clients throughout their life and business stages.

A great deal has happened in the world since 1831, but we have always taken particular pride in the relationships we build with our clients – continuously listening, gathering feedback and evolving the business to our clients’ needs. To date, this has seen:

The launch of an office in London Liverpool Street in 2013 to further cater to City clients and those on the Hertfordshire and Essex border.

Expanding and diversifying our existing services through Nockolds Wealth, a financial planning company offering guidance to clients and maximising the efficiency of their finances; and Nockolds HR, an HR consultancy supported by our employment law solicitors to provide effective human resources solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

Providing alternative dispute resolution services for consumers of optical care and the veterinary sector. Working for the regulatory bodies, Nockolds Resolution provides complaint mediation schemes alongside insight, feedback and training into conflict resolution.

Our clients receive a personal and tailored service, whether they are an individual, a small to medium enterprise or a large corporation. Our focus is on our clients, their business and meeting their expectations – this is what clients expect from us, and this is what we deliver.

Types of Work Undertaken
The commercial property team is first choice for a number of heavyweight regional residential developers. Due to its expertise and commitment to its deep-rooted client relationships, it has been resilient to the economic downturn in the property markets to date. Working with clients to enable them to secure ongoing financial investment, both long-standing and new clients have been able to continue to complete high-value acquisitions.

The commercial property team is regularly supported by the dispute resolution team, which supplies advice and representation in contentious property issues arising for commercial clients, as well as High Court actions in a range of commercial disputes.

The firm also offers a comprehensive non-contentious commercial service. Advice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, contractual and intellectual property protection are key strengths.

Darren Hayward, managing partner, heads the employment team which is renowned for its commercial focus and practical down-to-earth application of the law in this fast-paced area. Acting for large PLCs, the employment team provides a bespoke service whether on a retainer as a human resources advisor, one-off health checks or full representation in tribunal proceedings. The work involves employment obligations, procedures and disputes, but now extends to advisory work to assist clients in securing business contracts and tenders themselves.

The firm also focuses on high-net-worth private client work. There is increasing cross-referral between commercial clients and their instruction of the firm in personal matters, a further illustration of their satisfaction and confidence in the firm. Nockolds’ key attraction is the high standard of client care and lawyers’ ability to build relationships with clients of the firm, both commercially and personally.

The firm is also proud of the legal and official translation services offered to its own clients and beyond. Dalila Segador, of the Spanish law team, is one of the most qualified legal and official translators in the UK, offering authorised services in Spanish and English. The Spanish law team receives instructions from European and Latin American embassies and consulates in addition to commercial clients with cross-border transactions and disputes, including enforcement.

Members of the family team have key roles in developing and establishing the collaborative and mediated approach to divorce and family breakdown. This enables Nockolds to offer clients a range of solution-based options when it comes to family breakdown, from the traditional adversarial approach to collaborative and mediated resolution, along with international expertise for clients married or with foreign interests.

The personal injury and clinical negligence team continues to serve claimants and bring claims to a successful conclusion sensitively. It has seen an ongoing increase in clinical negligence work and patient complaint and regulatory advice.

Key Awards

  • Investors in People Gold
  • Best Companies 2020
  • Sunday Times 75 Best Companies to Work for in the East of England 2019
  • SME Hertfordshire Employer of the Year (Winner) 2019
  • SME Hertfordshire Business of the Year More than 50 Employees (Runner Up) 2019
  • SME National Employer of the Year (Winner) 2019
  • SME National Overall Silver (Winner) 2019
  • Customer Service Excellence Award
Managing Partner: Employment Darren
Partner: Contentious Probate Daniel
Partner: Employment Gary
Partner: Corporate and Commercial James
Partner: Commercial Property James
Partner: Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Jennie
Partner: Family and Matrimonial Lynn
Partner: Residential Property Mario
Partner: Commercial Property Michael
Partner: Family and Matrimonial Peter
Partner: Commercial and Property Litigation Sam
Partner: Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts Sarah
Legal Director: Commercial and Property Litigation Alex
UK Partners : 13
Other UK Fee Earners : 61
Trainee Solicitors : 7