Nicola Stanley > FS Legal > Altrincham, England > Lawyer Profile
FS Legal Offices
12 Oxford Road
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Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation
Nicola has 16 years’ experience in Dispute Resolution and has advised a wide range of clients from individuals and SMEs to local authorities and PLCs. Her strength lies in having studied and worked in business prior to embarking on a legal career so can understand the client’s business objectives from the outset, get to the heart of the dispute and provide practical, commercial advice to resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively.
Nicola has extensive Commercial Litigation experience handling a mixed caseload of general litigation matters including breach of contract claims, breach of warranty claims and partnership disputes with a particular emphasis on professional negligence matters. She has considerable expertise acting for lenders and financial institutions in negligence claims against surveyors and solicitors and more recently, for individuals and limited companies against tax and financial advisers. She also has extensive property litigation experience acting for landowners, landlords and tenants in cases involving break clauses, contested lease renewal claims, dilapidations, forfeiture and enforcement of general terms.
Nicola is a well established property litigator dealing with a wide range of issues both in respect of residential and commercial property. She regularly deals with contentious and non-contentious business lease renewals, dilapidations claims, possession claims, breach of covenant claims (leading to forfeiture), break notices and title rectification claims.
Nicola also has experience of rent and service charge recovery, including matters heard in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Redstone Mortgages Limited v Countrywide Surveyors Limited  3 EGLR 153 pursuing solicitors and surveyors (amongst others) for losses arising from negligent advice.
Advising a partnership in a successful breach of warranty claim involving a 2 week trial following the purchase of a dental practice
Acting for a lender client in a professional negligence claim against a surveyor following the negligent overvaluation of a property. Success at trial on all aspects of the claim, including defeating the partial defence of contributory negligence on account of the lending criteria and failure to mitigate (Redstone Mortgages Limited v Countrywide Surveyors Limited  3 EGLR 153)
Acting for a landlord client in a terminal dilapidations claim involving diminution in value arguments
Acting for a landlord client in an insurance claim contesting reinstatement costs and loss of rent following a serious fire at commercial premises
- FS Legal 2017 to date
- Read Roper and Read Solicitors – Associate Solicitor, 2014 – 2017
- Walker Morris LLP – Associate Solicitor, 2013 – 3014
- Cobbetts LLP – Solicitor, 2002 – 2013
- Laytons Solicitors LLP – Trainee Solicitor, 2000 – 2002
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers – 1999-2000
- Royal Mail – Graduate Project Manager, 1994 – 1998
Lawyer Rankings(Rising stars)
FS Legal, a litigation boutique, advises claimants in relation to tax negligence and professional services disputes. Julia Norris heads the team, with expertise in tax-related claims. Co-head Kit Sorrell is an experienced litigator, specialising in claims against financial and tax advisors involving tax avoidance and mitigation schemes. Legal directors Nicola Stanley and Christine Newton are recognised for handling claims for banks as well as clients in the manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors, respectively.