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Nicola Saxton - Year of call: 1992

Nicola works exclusively in the field of Matrimonial Finance Law.  She has become known nationwide as one of the leading senior juniors in the field of Ancillary Relief. 

What the directories say...

 

"You can breathe a sigh of relief when you dispatch your brief to her" Legal 500

"a money silk in the making" Legal 500

"Capable of penetrating difficult material very quickly and extremely capable and incisive" Legal 500

"a robust advocate with a high level of attention to detail - a strong ancillary relief practitioner" Legal 500

"an impressive grip on the principles and the detail " Legal 500

 

 

Nicola Saxton works exclusively in the field of Family Law on the North Eastern Circuit, Northern Circuit and London.  She has become known as one of the leading senior juniors in the field of Ancillary Relief.  Nicola is Door Tenant at 1 Hare Court.  She has also been chosen specifically as one of the leaders in her field to become a member of Riverview Chambers

Typically Nicola undertakes ancillary relief work for high net worth individuals and is regularly involved in high court cases where the assets exceed £5m and has acted as junior in cases of substantial value and complexity. Recently Nicola has been involved in a number of high net worth high court matters, typically listed from 3 – 9 days and involving assets of £5m – 10m. Her cases involve family businesses and privately owned companies. She has experience of both foreign and domestic trusts.

In addition to ancillary relief work Nicola regularly undertakes schedule 1 claims and TOLATA applications.

Recently contested cases include:

  • Representation of wife on 9 day preliminary application to set aside disposition of assets into Hong Kong trust. High Court.
  • Junior in 5 day case in High court involving complex business and personal assets value circa £30m. Presently on appeal on "Barder" point.
  • Representation of wife in 3 day high court matter involving assets circa £7.5m including complex family trust and business assets.
  • Farming/ inherited wealth ancillary relief – assets circa £25m.
  • Successfully represented a wife on a needs based claim involving partially non matrimonial assets £4.5m and pension assets £4.1m. The wife received capital and pension assets of just under £3m following a modest length childless marriage; £1.5m more than the husband offered.
  • Successfully resisted wife’s claims for equal pension sharing order upon variation of maintenance claim. Wife seeking pension share 44% of husband’s pension post retirement. Received 11.1%.
  • Successfully represented a husband against his wife’s claims for over £5m and a joint lives maintence order on the basis of a company valuation of £6-10m. After a 2 week High Court hearing the judge awarded the wife just 43% of the assets and limited term maintenance based upon an company valuation of £1.2m. The departure from equality reflected both costs in view of the wife’s litigation conduct and 50% of the reduction in the value of the company since the husband ‘s open offer. 
  • In a case with assets of between £22-27m (depending upon the valuation of the company) and trust assets of £5m, on behalf of the husband at a private FDR negotiated a settlement of £7m by instalments in favour of the wife based upon needs rather than sharing to reflect the provenance of the assets.
  • At a 12 day preliminary hearing representing the wife, successfully resisted claims by the wider family to assets of c. £800,000 based upon trust, estoppel and  gift and succeeded in recession claims and set aside to a value of over £750,000. Overall assets were restored to be divided between the parties of over £1.5m.  
  • In case involving assets of over £25m following a 5 day high Court hearing on behalf of the husband successfully established the ring-fencing of £3m of the assets based upon the provenance of the assets, notwithstanding that entire sum had been vested in the family home throughout the 15 year marriage and was properly classified as matrimonial property.
  • On behalf of a wife involving limited capital but a high income of over £750,000 gross pa , successfully negotiated a settlement based upon a sharing of future income on a stockpiling basis.



In addition Nicola has successfully concluded negotiated settlements with assets up to £450m in the last 12 months.

Recent Reported Cases

Richardson v Richardson [2011] EWCA Civ 79

AR v AR [2011] EWHC 2717 (Fam)

Lecturing/Seminars

Nicola  lectures on Circuit to both the FLBA and Resolution and has been a participant in exhibition debates on circuit.

Alternative  Dispute Resolution

Nicola is a qualified arbitrator and is a member of CIArb and of a Yorkshire based arbitration group, Family Financial Arbitration.

Nicola's approach

Clients warm to her “understanding and approachable manner” and report that “she is always impeccably well-prepared…  a great listener and someone you feel is never less than 100% on your side.”

A graduate in Law from the University of Cambridge, Nicola first set her sights on becoming a barrister at the age of 14. She says that she has a particular affinity for family law because: “It’s an area where I feel I can make a real difference to people’s lives. I like the human side of it, as well as getting my teeth into the hard facts of a case.”

Outside the courts, Nicola enjoys keeping fit and is a fanatical skier.

 

 

 

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Nicola Saxton
Year of call: 1992

Nicola works exclusively in the field of Matrimonial Finance Law.  She has become known nationwide as one of the leading senior juniors in the field of Ancillary Relief. 

What the directories say...

 

"You can breathe a sigh of relief when you dispatch your brief to her" Legal 500

"a money silk in the making" Legal 500

"Capable of penetrating difficult material very quickly and extremely capable and incisive" Legal 500

"a robust advocate with a high level of attention to detail - a strong ancillary relief practitioner" Legal 500

"an impressive grip on the principles and the detail " Legal 500

 

 

Nicola Saxton works exclusively in the field of Family Law on the North Eastern Circuit, Northern Circuit and London.  She has become known as one of the leading senior juniors in the field of Ancillary Relief.  Nicola is Door Tenant at 1 Hare Court.  She has also been chosen specifically as one of the leaders in her field to become a member of Riverview Chambers

Typically Nicola undertakes ancillary relief work for high net worth individuals and is regularly involved in high court cases where the assets exceed £5m and has acted as junior in cases of substantial value and complexity. Recently Nicola has been involved in a number of high net worth high court matters, typically listed from 3 – 9 days and involving assets of £5m – 10m. Her cases involve family businesses and privately owned companies. She has experience of both foreign and domestic trusts.

In addition to ancillary relief work Nicola regularly undertakes schedule 1 claims and TOLATA applications.

Recently contested cases include:



In addition Nicola has successfully concluded negotiated settlements with assets up to £450m in the last 12 months.

Recent Reported Cases

Richardson v Richardson [2011] EWCA Civ 79

AR v AR [2011] EWHC 2717 (Fam)

Lecturing/Seminars

Nicola  lectures on Circuit to both the FLBA and Resolution and has been a participant in exhibition debates on circuit.

Alternative  Dispute Resolution

Nicola is a qualified arbitrator and is a member of CIArb and of a Yorkshire based arbitration group, Family Financial Arbitration.

Nicola's approach

Clients warm to her “understanding and approachable manner” and report that “she is always impeccably well-prepared…  a great listener and someone you feel is never less than 100% on your side.”

A graduate in Law from the University of Cambridge, Nicola first set her sights on becoming a barrister at the age of 14. She says that she has a particular affinity for family law because: “It’s an area where I feel I can make a real difference to people’s lives. I like the human side of it, as well as getting my teeth into the hard facts of a case.”

Outside the courts, Nicola enjoys keeping fit and is a fanatical skier.