Firm Profile > Nockolds Solicitors > Bishops Stortford, England

Nockolds Solicitors
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Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

At Nockolds Solicitors, the medical negligence and personal injury practice is 'well-organised and well-resourced', according to clients, and is experienced in handling high value, catastrophic personal injury and medical claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury. Led by Jennie Jones, the group contains standout senior associate Yasmin Ameer, who has more than three decades of experience in this field. The team is skilled in successfully acting for clients in serious matters which include misdiagnosed and undiagnosed medical cases.

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Yasmin Ameer is an outstanding member of the team. She was hardworking and knowledgeable, and efficient in managing all aspects of a very complex medical negligence case. It was settled very successfully after several years. I would certainly recommend her to anyone looking for a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence.’

‘Yasmin Ameer’s experience and expertise is second to none.’

Yasmin Ameer is the most experienced and able clinical negligence solicitor I have come across in 25 years’ practice. She is supremely knowledgeable, very confident, has a fantastic manner with clients and fights hard for the best result she can achieve on their behalf.

‘This is a well organised and well resourced department of experienced practitioners with good quality work.’

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The team at Nockolds Solicitors operates across the South East and London regions, advising clients all aspects of employment law. Based in Bishop's Stortford, Darren Hayward is practice head, while key contact Gary Smith advises on employment disputes such as major whistleblowing cases. Its clients range from start-up businesses to large companies, and it has recently expanded into advising high-net-worth individuals. It is also known for its longstanding work on UK employment issues for Latin American countries.

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We have dealt with Nockolds for over fifteen years and we would never change. Very well trained and knowledgeable people. Corporate professional with a commercial understanding of our business.’

Good value for money. They always inform clients upfront on pricing. Very appropriate advice given and understands business needs. Communication is in plain English. Prompt and efficient.’

Gary Smith is excellent in his employment law advice. He will always will give measured advice showing an understanding of our business requirements, as well as ensuring we stay on the correct side of employment legislation.

The team takes a pragmatic approach to employment issues and is always willing to provide their advice on what is the best solution rather than what the potential range of solutions are.’

Gary Smith always puts himself in the shoes of the client and is able to quickly address the business issues at hand, rather than just what the law says. This type of advice is invaluable.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The team at Nockolds Solicitors advises high-net-worth individuals involved in a broad range of disputes, regularly attracting international clients as well as those based across the Hertfordshire, Essex and London regions. The practice is headed by Daniel Winter, who frequently acts for individuals in positions at top City businesses, as well as retired and elderly clients. He is supported by wills and probate head Peter King and Peter Dodd, an expert in the field of cohabitee claims.

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A strong regional presence, with excellent knowledge in this area.’

Daniel Winter knows this area of law inside out. He provides sensible and cost-effective advice in cases big and small.’

I am a chancery barrister and have worked with Nockolds. I have always found working with this team an enjoyable experience. They are highly competent and have a wealth of experience in this practice area.

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The family team at Nockolds Solicitors has a strong reputation in the Hertforshire and Essex areas, especially with regards to alternative dispute resolution. It has notable expertise in providing legal advice on same-sex marriage, the Embryology Act and surrogacy, and has also recently expanded its reach with a move into a new office in London. Practice co-leader Lynn Cowley acts for both children and guardians and has particular experience on cross-border matters in Spain. Practice co-leader Peter Dodd is a trained mediator and matrimonial solicitor, and is experienced in high-net-worth divorces and complex children issues.

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The team are a cohesive, friendly and very capable group. Very nice to work with – and this ease transfers to their clients.’

Both Lynn Cowley and Pete Dodd are exceptional partners. Both have a kind, considered but no-nonsense approach.’

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

Nockolds Solicitors advises clients on litigation matters including insolvency, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, professional negligence, and product liability cases. Practice head Daniel Winter focuses on complex commercial contract disputes and professional negligence. Principal associate Alexander Haddad deals with warranty and misrepresentation claims. Lucy Slatter has experience in shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, and IP claims. In June 2019, solicitor Rebecca Antill joined from Collins Benson Goldhill.

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I have always found Nockolds’ work to be of a very high standard. This is generally the firm that I recommend to clients when asked to recommend a firm, especially for commercial matters. When being instructed by this firm, I can always rely on things having been done to a high standard.’

I have most often dealt with Daniel Winter. He is clearly knowledgeable, conscientious, efficient, professional, and good of judgment.’

This dispute resolution team boasts a wealth of experience across the board. I am a chancery barrister and have worked with Daniel Winter. I found him to be very professional, highly competent, and a litigator to be reckoned with.’

At all stages during the process, the information has been given to me clearly rather than cloaked in lawyerly language. Any questions I have had were quickly answered and the necessary advice provided.’

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

The Bishop's Stortford team at Nockolds Solicitors frequently advises regional and national developers on commercial development matters, including development agreements, Section 106 agreements and site assembly matters, and also has a history of advising on social housing issues. Leader of the commercial property team Michael Talbot has experience in planning and infrastructure agreements and specialises in large-scale residential development; he works alongside Andrew Fernandes.

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With its head office ideally located close to Stansted Airport and with good road and rail connections to London, Cambridge and East Anglia, the firm caters for regional, national and international clients. In 2013, the growth of the firm resulted in the launch of the London office close to London Liverpool Street which has already been the most successful project undertaken by the firm.

The firm: Since the launch, Nockolds’ excelling areas such as employment, commercial property and dispute resolution have already attracted new London-based clients. Nockolds’ niche areas such as family and commercial mediation and contentious probate have received referrals from City lawyers impressed by the firm’s approach and service.

Working closely with clients and their business partners, Nockolds helps ensure their secure financial planning and strategy. Nockolds provides first-class advice and service to clients, working simultaneously on the employment, property and company law implications of proposed deals to ensure smooth completion and maximum advantage.

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.

As long-established providers of high-quality property advice to those in the rural and farming community, Nockolds’ team, led by Nicholas Belcher, has been excellently placed to assist a number of individuals and commercial enterprises to acquire or transfer significant estates. Whether acquired for agricultural use, division and resale or development, Nockolds has the expertise and experience to meet the needs and demands of this particular sector.

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 international team, is one of the most qualified legal and official translators in the UK, offering authorised services in Spanish and English. The international 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 both in the region and in London. 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: Gold Investors in People, ranked in The Sunday Times: 100 Best Small Companies to Work, nominated 2017 Best Trainer, Customer Service Excellence award

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate – commercial property, corporate and commercial Michael Talbot
Private client – probate, wills and trusts, rural private client/agriculture Peter King
Private client – probate, wills and trusts, rural private client/agriculture Nicholas Belcher
Private client – family and children Peter Dodd
Dispute resolution James Brunton
Employment Darren Hayward
Personal injury Jennie Jones
Employment Gary Smith
International Lynn Cowley
Will & Trust Dispute Resolution Daniel Winter
Private client – probate, wills and trusts, rural private client/agriculture Sarah Lockyer
Real estate – commercial property, corporate and commercial James Griffiths
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr James Brunton  photo Mr James Brunton Partner
Ms Lynn Cowley  photo Ms Lynn Cowley Partner
Mr Pete Dodd  photo Mr Pete Dodd Partner
Mr Darren Hayward  photo Mr Darren Hayward Managing Partner
Mrs Jennie Jones  photo Mrs Jennie Jones Partner
Mr Peter King  photo Mr Peter King Partner
Mrs Sarah Lockyer  photo Mrs Sarah Lockyer Partner
Mr Gary Smith  photo Mr Gary Smith Partner
Mr Michael Talbot  photo Mr Michael Talbot Partner
Mr Daniel Winter  photo Mr Daniel Winter Partner
UK Partners : 11
Other UK Fee Earners : 62
Trainee Solicitors : 6