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Catherine Nicholes

Call 1977

About Me

Catherine originally practised in crime, general civil and family law. She was delighted to join a chambers which pioneered and specialised in care proceedings long before that area became popular at the Bar. Her practice in care proceedings was originally very much in representing the parents , wider family or the child both with and without a guardian. She continues to specialise in such work and has particular expertise in representing clients who have personality difficulties, mental health issues or are accused of very serious abuse. However she has, for some years, been instructed also by local authorities. Her work as a Deputy District Judge means that she has experience and perspective from “each end and both sides of the counter”.
Catherine is a member of Islington Free Legal Advice Centre and continues to assist there as a committee member and when senior or specialist knowledge is needed.
Catherine undertakes “direct access” work.
Dispute Resolution


University of London , Queen Mary College.
Inns of Court School of Law.


Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association.
Association of Lawyers for Children.
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
Amnesty International
Inner Temple



Catherine sits as a Deputy District Judge in the County Court in civil and family matters and also at the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

Chambers Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leading Set 2020

The Legal 500
Leading Set 2019

Family Law Awards
Shortlisted 2019 Awards

family law awards