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

Lisa Pepper
Partner at Osbornes Solicitors LLP


Year of Call: 2006


Accredited Mediator ADRg (civil and commercial)
Accredited Trainer for ADRg (civil and commercial mediation)
Accredited Mediator RICS (civil and commercial)
Accredited Trainer for the Bar Council and for Resolution


1986: Diplome Programme de Civilisation Francaise et Europeene Contemporaine
1988: BA (Hons) Law and French
1989: Solicitors Finals
1991: Admitted as a solicitor
2006: Called to the Bar (Inner Temple)
January 2015: MSc Art Law & Business (distinction) (Christie’s/University of Glasgow)

Law Society Prize: Innes and Howard Watson Prize for Family Law.


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 panel member for ADRg.  Nicola is a member of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.

Nicola has been accepted to attend the Advanced Mediation Course at Harvard University, in June 2016

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 will be speaking to the role of mediation in art-related disputes at Maastricht University, during TEFAF.

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)
Member of the Institute of Art & Law