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Nicola Matthews 2017

Nicola is a Partner and head of the Family department at our Newcastle office. With over 23 years’ experience, Nicola has a high level of knowledge, skills and experience in the area of family law, her specialism being high value & complex divorce cases. She assists clients to find practical solutions to problems that arise when relationships break down by considering the case from both points of view thereby reaching an amicable agreement with as little animosity as possible. 

Nicola is a Law Society Family Law Advanced panel member with specialisms in Ancillary Relief and Complex Assets. She is Secretary of the local “Resolution” committee, an association of specialist family lawyers who adopt a firm yet conciliatory approach to family cases.  She is also a qualified collaborative family lawyer, so can advise and assist clients who wish to try and reach agreements with the other party and their representative by a series of round table meetings. Nicola is named as a “leading individual” in this area of law in Chambers Guide and recommended in The Legal 500, both independently researched guides to the UK legal profession.

Nicola is a Court of Protection appointed Deputy who looks after the property and finances of persons who do not have the mental capacity to manage their own. When someone has lost capacity without the safeguard of a Lasting Power of Attorney, she helps family and friends with applications to the Court, to become legally entitled to deal with the incapacitated person’s finances. 

What others say about Nicola:

On handling divorces:

“Nicola Matthews is calm and sensible and provides excellent representation in high-value divorces. Her particular strength is in the financial aspects of divorce where she helps to demystify the process.”

“I found my dealings with Nicola Matthews in particular of a very high standard through my difficult divorce. Nicola was very approachable and easy to talk to but always maintained a professional manner throughout my dealings with her.”

“Nicola Matthews provided an excellent service throughout my divorce. I will have no hesitation in recommending her and your firm to others.”

“Nicola proved unfailingly polite, approachable, efficient and compassionate throughout my divorce. Nicola guided me with care and attention to detail through the various steps. I can’t think of any improvements that are necessary.”

“Nicola was very approachable, easy to talk to and her services were to a very high standard.”

On Court of Protection:

“I was very happy with the handling of our needs”.

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1997.

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  • "She invariably gives realistic, practical advice. Her instructions are always thorough and helpful."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "I was informed and supported throughout divorce proceedings helping me understand both the process and timescale, professionally leading me on to settlement and conclusion. My experience will bring me back to Hay & Kilner for any future needs."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "Thank you to Nicola and her team, who have helped me through an incredibly stressful and emotional time.  Advice has always been sound and prompt, which is reassuring when going through the turmoil of divorce with children."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "The service Nicola Matthews provided was amazing. I was always given sound advice and never had to 'chase' for any information. Nicola made me feel at ease at such a stressful time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nicola."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "The absolutely fantastic Nicola Matthews is a collaborative lawyer and is strong at handling complex finance matters. Sources reserve praise for her practical and realistic advice."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "Thank you for the rapid, efficient and totally professional way you have dealt with our son’s divorce. You certainly made the situation easier to handle during a very difficult time for us all."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "The service we received from Nicola was first class. She has excellent knowledge and a good manner with clients who may be anxious or distressed."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews

  • "Nicola has provided a fantastic service and has time and time again suggested solutions to problems which would not otherwise have been obvious which, without exception, led to a favourable outcome."

    - Client of Nicola Matthews