Nick is a qualified arbitrator with the CIArb, and a retired Judge. He recently won the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the Bristol Law Society Annual Awards Ceremony 2022. 

Called to the Bar in 1975, Nick practised in family law at St John’s Chambers in 1990, where he was Head of the Family team. He was appointed a Recorder in 1999, a Circuit Judge in 2005, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2007, and Designated Family Judge for Hampshire from 2008 to 2012. He then returned to Bristol.

In 2016, Nick was then made Lead Judge for the Court of Protection (South Western Region). He retired in December 2020 but continued to sit part-time until November 2021 both as a Deputy Circuit Judge and as a Deputy High Court Judge.

Nick hopes arbitration, with the parties having a much greater input into the timing of a case and its procedures, will solve disputes more quickly, with lower costs and less damage to both the parties and the children concerned than is the situation with a court case. Find out more here.

  • Qualifications & awards:

    • LLB
    • MCIArb
  • Professional memberships:

    • IFLA qualified arbitrator in children cases
    • Founder Member of the Family Law Bar Association in Bristol
  • Additional information:

    Nick is married with 2 adult children and lives in Bristol. His personal interests are history, rugby and the theatre.