Nicola is impressive counsel. She is prepared, prepared, prepared. She works tirelessly and the results in her cases show that. She gives sound advice and clients respect her.

Lisa Pepper
Partner at Osbornes Solicitors LLP


Year of Call: 2006


Accredited Mediator: and Panel Member ADRg (civil and commercial)
Accredited Trainer for ADRg (civil and commercial mediation)
Accredited Mediator RICS (civil and commercial)
Accredited ADRg Family Mediator
Accredited Trainer for the Bar Council and for Resolution
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Panel member for Art & Heritage Disputes.


1986: Diplome Programme de Civilisation Francaise et Europeene Contemporaine
1988: BA (Hons) Law and French
1989: Solicitors Finals
1991: Admitted as a solicitor
Law Society Prize: Innes and Howard Watson Prize for Family Law
2006: Called to the Bar (Inner Temple)
January 2015: MSc Art Law & Business (Distinction) (Christie’s/University of Glasgow)
June 2016:  Harvard Law School: Advance Mediation – Mediating Complex Disputes



Having first qualified as a solicitor, Nicola has practised at the Bar since 2006.

She is a fully accredited civil and commercial mediator for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a civil and commercial Panel Member for ADRg.  Nicola is an accredited Family Mediator.

Nicola successfully completed the Advanced Mediation Course at Harvard Law School, June 2016

Nicola is a member of PAIAM, (Professional Advisors to the International Art Market).

With over 25 years of experience, Nicola’s background as a lawyer enables her to build the confidence and trust of parties in order to deal effectively with a wide range of disputes.  Through mediating within the most complex and intractable high net worth family financial and children disputes and international cases, Nicola has developed the highest standard of communication skills.   With careful attention to detail and tenacity, Nicola facilitates optimum conditions for a successful mediation.

In litigation matters, Nicola has a keen eye for strategic evidential presentation.  This serves to maximise the litigation potential.  Her advice is both pragmatic and considered.

In January 2015, Nicola was awarded a distinction in her MSc Art, Law and Business (Christie’s, accredited by the University of Glasgow).

On 23rd March 2015, Nicola presented ‘The Role of the Expert in Art-Related Disputes’ at the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) 2015 Conference, Maastricht University.

Nicola was Panel Chair at the Art & Law: Art in Peril Interdisciplinary Conference, Cambridge University, 22nd & 23rd June 2015.

22nd September 2015: Nicola was invited by Advocats Conseils d’Entreprises to speak on the subject of Mediation in Art Disputes in Paris:  “La résolution non judiciaire des litiges en matière d’art”.  Her presentation ‘Le Processus de Médiation – la perspective Anglaise’, was delivered in French.

26th November 2015: Nicola was invited to deliver a lecture at Hague University of Applied Sciences.

On 19th March 2016, Nicola was invited again to present at the MACCH conference, Maastricht University. The subject was the role of mediation in art-related disputes.

Nicola is a contributor to Christie’s Bulletin for Professional Advisers



Professional Memberships

Member of the Inner Temple
International Bar Association: Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee
Founder of Art ADR Global
Member of Art Resolve
Member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)