Firm Profile > Nockolds Solicitors > Bishops Stortford, England

Nockolds Solicitors
CM23 3UZ

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

At Nockolds Solicitors, the 'extremely impressive' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling high-value and highly complex catastrophic claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury. A key figure in the team is Yasmin Ameer, 'a real leader in her field', who focuses on significant high-value claims, with particular expertise in brain injury and amputation matters.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:

Yasmin Ameer; Rachel Davis


‘Nockolds Solicitors has a very specialist serious injuries team. The team is not huge, but they are immensely skilled and have a great deal of experience in dealing with injuries of the utmost severity.’

‘The experience of Yasmin Ameer sets Nockolds apart from many other firms.’

‘Yasmin Ameer is the most experienced solicitor in high-value clinical negligence claims. She is supremely able, very confident in her dealings with the other side, fights her client’s corner and has a lovely manner with clients and their families. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The employment team at Nockolds Solicitors acts for employer clients, from start-up businesses to major PLCs, while also developing a reputation for assisting high-net-worth individuals, senior executives and Latin American clients with UK employment issues. Advising on the TUPE aspects of business sales and acquisitions in close connection with the corporate and M&A department is an area of strength. The practice is headed by Darren Hayward. Gary Smith and London-based senior associate Joanna Sutton are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hayward

Other key lawyers:


Nockolds offers all-round legal assistance. The team are professional, approachable, and speak in plain language that is easily understandable.

We have worked with Nockolds for a great number of years and have always been very pleased with the service.

Gary Smith is straightforward, he understands our business needs. He will explain things in a balanced way to help us make the right decision with regard to our people and the business.

I recommend Joanna Sutton – excellent interpersonal skills, straight talking and professional. And the most impressive quality is that beneath that veneer she has steely edge.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Nockolds Solicitors' personal injury group attracts high-value catastrophic injury claims with a particular focus on brain and spinal injury. The team places an emphasis on supporting rehabilitation for its clients and has built a track record of success in obtaining significant settlements. Jennie Jones specialises in brain and spinal injuries and has strong litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:

Yasmin Ameer

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Nockolds Solicitors’ commercial property team in Bishop’s Stortford regularly handles property development matters such as site assembly, option and development agreements and Section 106 agreements with local authorities. It also deals with the sale of social housing as part of residential developments. The client base includes regional and national developers, occupiers and investors. Michael Talbot  heads the practice. Andrew Fernandes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Talbot

Other key lawyers:


Good strength in depth; they are friendly, approachable and proactive‘.

They have handled some complex and high-value deals efficiently to achieve our objectives within tight timescales‘.

Very good communication and excellent service‘.

Andrew Fernandes is simply excellent to deal with. He has great attention to detail with a pragmatic and professional approach‘.

Key clients

Fairview New Homes PLC

Thomas Sinden Development

Beverley Homes Limited

Foxley Homes Limited

Office Space in Town

The 36 Group

Weston Homes

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Nockolds Solicitors demonstrates 'a high degree of competence' in relation to wills and trust disputes. Although the firm's client list is primarily reflective of its strong regional presence, it also acts for clients based abroad. It has a particular niche in acting for Spanish clients and clients with assets in Spain. In addition, the group has recently won work from a number of new clients from Brazil. The main contact is Daniel Winter, who is a full member of ACTAPS.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Winter


The firm was large enough to give me confidence that I was working with a reputable and trustworthy organisation but not so large as to make me feel insignificant‘.

I could not have been more fortunate in having Daniel Winter assist me; his ability to listen, pull out critical points and build up a strategy with no fuss is truly impressive‘.

I believe Daniel is as good, if not better, than anyone I have dealt with over the years‘.

The team at Nockolds is very responsive and always happy to answer any queries in a simple language’.

Daniel Winter was very knowledgeable on all aspects of my complex case; he took a direct and straightforward route to securing a future I may not have had without his negotiations‘.

Daniel Winter was exceptionally diligent and showed great attention to detail; he was always willing to clarify any issues and made me feel comfortable and valued as a client‘.

Daniel Winter is very competent and professional yet has a caring nature‘.

Gemma Dudmish and Vicky Tassell made the process as painless and straightforward as possible; they were approachable, personable and happy to explain matters in detail. They also showed meticulous attention to detail‘.

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The Bishop's Stortford-based family team at Nockolds Solicitors specialises in financial matters for medium to high-net-worth clients in areas such as relocations, children work as well as foreign matters, with a particular experience of issues relating to Spain and Poland. The practice has been achieving successful outcomes through the use of mediation, sparing clients additional court costs. The practice is headed by Lynn Cowley and the 'fantasticPete Dodd is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lynn Cowley

Other key lawyers:


They are client focused and honest‘.

They always put the client first‘.

Extremely positive and professional, I would recommend them‘.

Pete Dodd guided me professionally and personally through a very difficult period and circumstances. His advice and attention was exemplary‘.

I have uttermost respect for Pete, he was professional throughout as well as being personable‘.

Key clients

Iman Almabhood

Kay Booth

Norma Aida

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

Nockolds Solicitors’ commercial and property litigation team handles complex High Court litigation, focusing on breach of contact claims, product liability claims, professional negligence, restrictive covenants, IP, insolvency and distribution agreement disputes. The client portfolio includes PLCs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is headed by Daniel Winter. Associates Sam Cook, Lucy Slatter and George Burton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Winter

Other key lawyers:


‘A friendly, approachable and hard-working team, which always have a good relationship with their clients and counsel alike‘.

Good regional firm that punches above its weight in commercial litigation‘.

They have interesting work and are commercially minded in their approach to cases‘.

Sam Cook is smart and a good strategic thinker‘.

Lucy Slatter is really pleasant to work with and willing to go above and beyond for her clients‘.

George Burton is robust and astute in his advice and very good with clients‘.


Key clients

Weston Homes Plc

Fairview New Homes Limited

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. The team now provides public sector translation services and will extend the commercial and public sector work in this area during 2017.

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
Real estate – commercial property, corporate and commercial Michael Shapiro
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 Andrew Fernandes
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Nicholas Belcher  photo Mr Nicholas Belcher
Mr James Brunton  photo Mr James Brunton
Ms Lynn Cowley  photo Ms Lynn Cowley
Mr Pete Dodd  photo Mr Pete Dodd
Mr Andrew Fernandes  photo Mr Andrew Fernandes
Mr Darren Hayward  photo Mr Darren Hayward
Mrs Jennie Jones  photo Mrs Jennie Jones
Mr Peter King  photo Mr Peter King
Mrs Sarah Lockyer  photo Mrs Sarah Lockyer
Mr Michael Shapiro  photo Mr Michael Shapiro
Mr Gary Smith  photo Mr Gary Smith
Mr Michael Talbot  photo Mr Michael Talbot
Mr Daniel Winter  photo Mr Daniel Winter
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 76