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Nigel Nicholls, Blanchfield Nicholls

Nigel Nicholls was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1990 and in England and Wales in 2004 and has, since admission, practised almost exclusively in family law. From 1997 to 1999 Nigel was appointed a Registrar and Mediator of the Family Court of Australia, before returning to private practice as a Partner of Stuart Fowler & Partners.

In 2004, Nigel practised in the United Kingdom as an associate with Taylor Vinters Solicitors in Cambridge, a general commercial and litigation practice of 100 partners and solicitors, in the specialist family law team. Nigel is one of the few Australian practitioners who has practised and is an experienced family lawyer in both Australia and England. While in the UK, Nigel trained and practised collaborative family law, becoming probably the first Australian solicitor to use this innovative style of dispute resolution.

Nigel's practice has focused on larger and complex privately funded property and children's applications before the Family Court of Australia, including matters involving complex structures and international family law practice.

Nigel has been a part-time lecturer and tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney, lecturing the undergraduate programme in family law and conducting seminars in the graduate programme in legal practice, including negotiation techniques, mediation skills and court presentation.

In 2000, Nigel was a member of the NSW Law Society Family Law Committee and in 2002 was appointed a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Nigel is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practice and a member of that organisation's Australia and South East Asia Committee. He is the convenor of the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum. Nigel is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member ofthe Law Council's Collaborative Law Committee. Nigel speaks and can take instructions in German.