Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

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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


Family Mediator
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
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Panel neutral for Art & Heritage Disputes.
Accredited Faith Dispute Mediator (BIMA)
Panel Member ADR-ODR International


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



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

Nicola is an accredited Family Mediator (ADR group). She is also an accredited civil and commercial mediator for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a civil and commercial Panel Member for ADR group.

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).

In April 2017, Nicola was accredited as a Faith Disputer Mediator, following successful completion of a 40 hour Faith Dispute Resolution course, with BIMA Mediation.

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.


Speaking Engagements

February 2018: Nicola has again been invited to be a judge at the 14th ICC Mediation competition, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.

June 2018: Nicola has been invited as a panel member to speak about succession planning and protection of personal property and assets in Divorce at the Art Business Summit, Adare Manor, Ireland.

June 2018: Nicola was invited to be part of the small team of International Lawyers, led by William Charron of Pryor Cashman LLP, New York, who have been developing a centre of excellence for Art and Heritage disputes “Court of Arbitration for Art” (CAfA) in the Hague. Nicola will be presenting on the subject of Mediation at the launch of CAfA at the AiA Conference 7th-9th June, The Hague.

February 2018: Nicola was invited to be a judge at the 13th ICC Mediation competition, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.

3rd November 2017: Nicola was invited to speak as a panel member on the subject of mediation at The Art Business Summit, Dublin.

June 2017: Nicola was part of the Faculty at Harvard Law School, assisting in the delivery of the Advanced Mediation Course: Mediating Complex Disputes

February 2017: Nicola was invited to be a judge at the 12th ICC Mediation competition, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris

November 2016: 21st Ius Commune Congress, Maastricht University: ‘The role of Mediation in Art & Heritage Disputes’.

November 2016: As part of Art Resolve, Nicola presented ‘Mediation in Art and Heritage Disputes’: Art Law conference, Sotheby’s Institute.

November 2016: Nicola presented ‘Mediation – Managing the Litigation Risk’: Art Law conference, K & Gates LLP.

March 2016: Nicola was invited again to present at the MACCH conference, Maastricht University –‘The Role of Mediation in art-related disputes.’

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

September 2015: Nicola was invited by Advocats Conseils d’Entreprises, Paris, to speak at conference “La résolution non judiciaire des litiges en matière d’art”, exploring European approaches to Mediation in Art & Heritage Disputes: Her presentation ‘Le Processus de Médiation – la perspective Anglaise’, was delivered in French.

June 2015: Nicola was Panel Chair at the Art & Law: Art in Peril Interdisciplinary Conference, Cambridge University

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 is a contributor to Christie’s Bulletin for Professional Advisers




Professional Memberships

Member of the Inner Temple

Founder of Art ADR Global Member of Art Resolve

Member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM)

Mediation Member of Resolution

Member of the Family Mediation Council

Member of the Civil Mediation Council

Accredited Bar Council Lecturer

Member Bar Council Public Access Panel

Member of Resolution Training and Learning Committee