Nicola Watts


Nicola graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1992 and was admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1993. Nicola moved to Melbourne in 1997 and lived and worked as a family lawyer there for 16 years after being admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Nicola moved to Perth in June 2013 and joined O’Sullivan Davies in July 2018.

Nicola was one of the first people in Australia to be trained to act as an Independent Children’s Lawyer, and was appointed by the Legal Aid Commissions of Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia to represent children between 1995 and 2018. Nicola also has qualified as a mediator, collaborative lawyer and arbitrator.

Nicola is Western Australia’s only Executive Member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Nicola is also a member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM) and sits as a Council Member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia (FLPA) and on FLPA’s Law Reform sub-committee. Nicola also sits on the Law Society of Western Australia’s Ethics sub-committee and the Legal Aid Review Committee.

Nicola practises in all areas of family law with a particular interest in children’s matters.