Jones Nickolds > Beckenham, England > Firm Profile

Jones Nickolds

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

In Beckenham and Chislehurst, the ‘market leading’, ‘organised and efficient’ practice at Jones Nickolds regularly acts in cases up to Court of Appeal level regarding the full spectrum of family law issues including divorce, financial remedy and private children matters. Acting for high-net-worth clients and well versed in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and collaborative law, the team is led by the ‘highly experienced and astute’ Lisa Jones, who has a reputation for her work in wide-ranging matrimonial finance cases as well as international divorce, cohabitation and private law children work. Also leading the team with Jones is ‘outstanding legal mind’ and ‘supremely confident and learned practitioner’ Claire Nickolds, who is a member of Resolution and has significant expertise in a range of family law matters including financial disputes and private law children matters such as applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction. Also of note is Gemma Irving, who is ‘first class’ and ‘simply excellent’ and focuses on financial provisions on divorce and arrangements relating to children, while Rachel Woodd is a 'standout mediator'.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Jones; Claire Nickolds

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Irving; Rachel Woodd; Alexandra Gray; Georgia Wright; Mai Ling Ho; Laura Smail; Amy Stone


‘I used Jones Nickolds for a lengthy and protracted case. They were absolutely fantastic from the first meeting I had with them. Each individual I dealt with throughout the firm was nothing short of brilliant. I got the feeling that as a firm they are small enough to care about you and your case but have the expertise, knowledge and individuals in place to take on a case of any size or complexity.’

‘They are an organised and efficient firm who deal with a range of issues for their clients in a cost effective but high quality way.’

‘Jones Nickolds is a market leading niche firm which enjoys a stellar and richly deserved reputation. They are best known for providing a central London service in Kent at competitive rates. They enjoy a superb reputation for mediation work in conjunction with more traditional litigation and dispute resolution work.’

‘Lisa Jones is a highly experienced and astute performer who is not afraid to tell it how it is when necessary but still has the most soothing of bedside manners. Clients always know she is on their side. Claire Nickolds is tireless and uncompromising in pursuit of her client’s interest. She never gives up but has the judgement to deliver bad news when needed. Gemma Irving is a daunting opponent who knows her stuff. She goes the extra mile for every client.’

‘Claire Nickolds has an outstanding legal mind and the ability to cut straight to the matter at hand. From our first meeting, I had complete confidence in her ability to get me the best possible result and I appreciated her perfect mix of commercial savviness and compassion in what was an extremely difficult period of time. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’

‘Claire Nickolds is a supremely confident and learned practitioner. She has a wealth of experience and utilises that knowledge to achieve the optimal results for her clients.’

‘Rachel Woodd is a standout mediator. She combines intellect and outstanding emotional intelligence to achieve mediated solutions in even the most difficult cases. A star of the mediation world. Claire Nickolds is a force to be reckoned with, whilst being personable and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Gemma Irving is a solicitor with empathy, sympathy, expert knowledge and a brilliant manner. She was honest and fair, yet firm when the occasion called for it. Gemma Irving and Georgia Wright were nothing short of first class. Her and the team were simply excellent.’

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 3

Rachel Woodd is a phenomenal mediator’ at Jones Nickolds. She is an accredited mediator and is trained to undertake integrated mediation as well as the new two client one lawyer model. She often receives referrals from central London law firms as well as those in the Kent. In addition, she mediates in all family matters, financial and children. Her specialty is dealing with particularly acrimonious couples and those with complex relationships and issues.

Other key lawyers:


‘Jones Nickolds is an excellent firm: they offer a central London service without the central London price tag. It is without doubt the market leader for family law in Kent and its surrounds – and with a significant presence in central London too’.

‘Rachel Woodd is the ‘go-to’ mediator at Jones Nickolds. Rachel is a truly exceptional mediator, and has carved out a niche combining her day-to-day practice as a solicitor with a burgeoning mediation practice’. 

‘The mediation team at Jones Nickolds is fantastic. Rachel Woodd is exceptional, she has the gravitas of a senior and well known family solicitor coupled with a warmth and empathy and intuitive understanding as to how to make mediation work’.

‘The firm provides a full family law mediation service and are reliable both in terms of the administration of mediation and in finding solutions where possible’.

‘Their approach to ADR and mediation flows into their general practice and, given they are not based in central London but still within London it means that they have London approach and cross-over but are able to price efficiently’.

‘Practicality and commerciality with empathy is why I put forward Rachel Woodd as a mediator so often. She is able to mediate on complex matters (be it legal or emotional complexity) with skill and compassion and she is always top of my list when recommending mediators to clients’.

‘Jones Nickolds offer a premium service at a very reasonable price. They promote alternatives to court where appropriate and have excellent senior & junior lawyers’.

‘Rachel Woods is an incredibly measured, pragmatic mediator who gives clients the benefit of her legal knowledge in an impartial manner helping them to come to an informed and sensible settlement’.

This boutique practice specialises solely in family law, providing a dedicated and cost-effective service in matters ranging from divorce and financial issues to parenting disputes. Cohabitation disputes, collaborative law and mediation are also specialisms.

The firm: The practice was founded in 2010 by Lisa Jones and Claire Nickolds.  They have successfully achieved their aim of creating an energetic and dynamic firm that provides a central London quality of service without London prices. Jones Nickolds has grown swiftly, with Gemma Irving (Withers), Rachel Woodd (Dawsons), Alexandra Gray (Thomson Snell & Passmore) and James Patrick (Harbottle & Lewis) also now partners. The partnership is supported by fourteen assistant solicitors.

All clients receive the dedicated personal service of an experienced family law expert, who will provide clear and realistic advice. While always safeguarding and pursuing client’s interests rigorously, the practice is mindful that the most successful outcomes are usually those agreed between couples rather than imposed by a court. The firm provides each client a tailor-made approach for their particular circumstances and deals with every matter in a professional, civilised and constructive manner.

The firm is conscious that many clients have never dealt with a solicitor or the courts before.  They carefully advise and guide clients through the process.  Staff can meet clients face-to-face at Jones Nickolds offices or conference rooms in central London.

Types of work undertaken: All options are available, ranging from traditional litigation, voluntary disclosure and early settlement discussions, as well as collaborative law, mediation or a hybrid approach.

First-class expertise is provided in all aspects of divorce and its financial consequences, including court orders, matters relating to children and parenting disputes, international family law issues, civil partnerships, nuptial agreements, disputes between co-habitees, pensions issues, contact and residence disputes, and enforcement or variation of court orders.

The full range of alternative dispute resolution services are offered.  Three of the partners are collaboratively trained, and Rachel Woodd and Mai-Ling Ho both have a growing mediation practice.  The practice has excellent links with some of the top-ranked barristers chambers in the country.

Department Name Email Telephone
Equity partner Lisa Jones
Equity partner Claire Nickolds
Equity partner Gemma Irving
Photo Name Position Profile
Gemma Irving photo Gemma Irving Gemma is a partner at Jones Nickolds and has extensive experience in…
Lisa Jones photo Lisa Jones Founding partner of Jones Nickolds. Lisa has extensive experience in all aspects…
Claire Nickolds photo Claire Nickolds Founding partner of Jones Nickolds. Claire is expert in all aspects of…
Rachel Woodd photo Rachel Woodd Since 2009 Rachel has built up an extensive mediation practise involving both…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15