Nicola was admitted as a lawyer in 2011 and has practised family law exclusively ever since. In 2017, Nicola completed Family Law Accreditation exams making her one of only approximately 70 practitioners in Western Australia recognised by the Law Societies of all States as having specialist knowledge in family law. Further, Nicola has armed herself with a breadth and depth of knowledge required to be a good family lawyer, including aspects of commercial law, banking and finance (both personal and commercial), accounting and some tax, as well as non-legal knowledge involving social science and psychology.
For Nicola, working to resolve disputes is a very satisfying problem-solving mission where the end result is helping someone who may not have been able to reach a resolution otherwise. According to her clients, two of Nicola’s most valuable skills are communication and her straight-shooting advice. She considers that her primary function is to resolve a matter in favourable terms and ethically, while minimising costs and stress for her clients. She achieves this by clearly identifying options and making recommendations based on likely Court outcomes along with other considerations, and having a clear plan from the outset.
Nicola regularly appears in the Family Court and has experience in all aspects of family law including divorce, simple and complex property settlements, child support and parenting disputes. She is the current Vice President of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association and sits on other committees and working groups in that capacity.
Motivated to continue to grow as a lawyer, Nicola keeps her knowledge up to date and prides herself on providing impeccable service to her clients.
Her thirst for knowledge extends outside the office too. Nicola in an avid reader, enjoys renovation and home improvement and well as travelling to new places. In her spare time, Nicola adores spending time with her family, dog, and pet chickens, Petunia (a retired layer and going a blind) and Clarabelle (the guide chicken).