Nicola Martin > Chambers of David Berkley QC > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley QC
3PB
3PB OXFORD, 23 BEAUMONT STREET
OXFORD
OX1 2NP
England
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Work Department

Family

Position

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.

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 FPC to Privy Council Nicola brings a pragmatic and helpful approach to her cases and renowned for skillful 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]

Career

Called 1982, Inner Temple.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Education

University of Birmingham (1981 LLB (Hons)).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

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

Nicola Martin3PBDedicated, communicative and works well with solicitors.

3PB is primarily known in the Midlands for its contingent of care-focused barristers, whose practice involves serious non accidental injuries, sexual abuse allegations, adoption orders and more for the full range of parties including local authorities, parents and children. However, the set also houses several barristers with experience in financial remedy proceedings, such as Elizabeth McGrath QC and Vanessa Meachin QC, both of whom have seen recent substantial cases involving private clients with large asset portfolios in addition to their child law practices. Turning to the set’s the junior ranks, Michael George is praised for his ‘exceptional aptitude for financial remedy work, particularly cases involving company law, complex accounts and pensions‘; on the care side, key juniors include Lawrence MesslingSuzanne Coleclough , and Stephen Abberley, while practitioners such as Poonam BhariAimee Fox, and Nicola Martin spread themselves across both areas.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

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

Nicola Martin3PBHer client care skills are exceptional in what can be very upsetting and stressful times for a lay client.

Nicola Martin and James Legg are the key names to note at 3PB, with Martin involved in high net worth ancillary relief proceedings and care cases, while Legg’s focus lies on children cases. The set, whose members are instructed by both well-respected private client and Legal Aid firms alike, has ‘great depth of knowledge and a greater ability to cover matters around the country‘.