Firm Profile > Jones Nickolds > Beckenham, England

Jones Nickolds

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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 'excellentRachel 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.


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.’

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 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 Rachel Woodd (Dawsons), Laura Smail (Cripps), and Gemma Irving (Withers) also now partners. The partnership is supported by 10 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, 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.  Four of the partners are collaboratively trained, and Claire Nickolds and Rachel Woodd 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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gemma Irving  photo Gemma Irving
Ms Lisa Jones photo Ms Lisa Jones
 Laura Smail  photo Laura Smail
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10