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Nicola Watts, Leach Legal

Nicola grew up in Tasmania and graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. Nicola was admitted to practice in 1993 in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and High Court of Australia.

Nicola practised in both Hobart and Launceston in all areas of litigation, including family law before moving to Melbourne in 1997.  Nicola practised in Family Law whilst working in Victoria and was a partner at Septimus Jones and Lee for 6 years before moving to Perth in June 2013.

Since 1997 Nicola has practiced exclusively in all aspects of Family Law and has done additional training to be one of only a few family law practitioners also trained as both an Accredited Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.

In addition to private client work Nicola has been appointed by the Legal Aid Commissions of Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia to act as the Independent Children’s Lawyer in a multitude of cases including some involving International Child Abduction and some of the most high profile cases involving children before the court.

Nicola’s extensive knowledge of Family Law gives her the ability to advise her clients as to all of their options and to find solutions for their particular circumstances.

Away from the law Nicola has been significantly involved with a number of charities and was made Citizen of the Year by the City of Stonington in 2011 for her services to youth