Nicola Martin > Chambers of David Berkley KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley KC
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Nicola (formerly Simpson) Martin has recently relinquished the role of Head of the Family Law Group in chambers after five years leading this professional and busy team. She is one of a minority of experienced family lawyers who not only conducts high net worth ancillary relief proceedings but also complex care cases (involving death or serious injury to a child) and sensitive private law children matters, including abduction and relocation.

With experience over 30 years spanning from appearances before magistrates  to the Privy Council, Nicola brings a pragmatic and helpful approach to her cases and is renowned for skilful cross examination, retaining an empathy with clients from all walks of life.

Private Remote FDR Hearings

Nicola is available for private remote FDR hearings. For more information on private remote FDR hearings please click here.

Recent notable cases include

  • Q v R (intractable contact) [2017] EWFC B35 (28 June 2017)
  • Ancillary Relief high net worth involving assets worldwide and allegations of hidden assets and non disclosure [2014]
  • Care proceedings involving serious injuries, including fractures and brain injuries to a baby. Consideration of whether the extended family were implicated and if not whether the children could be sufficiently safeguarded within the family [2014]
  • Contested residence and internal relocation contact proceedings with background of serious assault, alleged assault on a child with social services and Police involvement [2014]
  • High value ancillary relief involving pre martial assets and disputed dissipation [2014]
  • Representing young mother in care proceedings. Difficult issues in relation to extended family, history of removal of previous children, parents abusive relationship [2014]
  • Representing father in relation to high net worth Sch 1 Children’s Act claims, including overseas trusts. Application to strike out and variation of child arrangements. International elements [2014]
  • Complex Ancillary Relief case with allegations of hidden assets. Previous intevener proceedings. Future ownership of joint business [2014]
  • Representation of a young mother in care proceedings resulting in return to her of 3 year old child and retention of unborn baby. Allegations of drug taking and chaotic lifestyle [2014]


Called 1982, Inner Temple.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit


University of Birmingham (1981 LLB (Hons)).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 1

Nicola Martin – 3PB ‘Nicola is well prepared and has a good manner with the clients. She is good at identifying the issues and offers a pragmatic and sensible approach to proceedings and is robust when needed.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 2

Nicola Martin3PB ‘Nicola is well prepared and has good manners with clients. She identifies the issues in cases well and offers a sensible, pragmatic approach to proceedings but is robust when needed.’