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Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation
Nicola joined Kitson and Trotman in 2020, having previously spent 11 years training and practicing in Devon.
Nicola has experience acting for clients in relation to both personal and business disputes. She assists clients with the early resolution of disputes but equally can represent clients in Court proceedings, should the need arise.
Nicola’s areas of expertise include: –
Property disputes including Residential and Commercial
Nicola has experience acting for both individuals and businesses in relation to property disputes arising in respect of residential and commercial property.
She is also often instructed to provide advice in relation to property matters before they become contentious.
Possession proceedings relating to Residential and Commercial Property
Nicola is well versed with the procedures in relation to possession proceedings and can assist clients with all steps in the process, from the issue of Notices to obtaining and enforcing an Order for Possession.
Nicola has also represented clients in relation to trespass claims.
Debt recovery and enforcement
At her previous firm, Nicola was head of the Debt Recovery team, often acting for individuals, businesses and charities. Nicola can advise on the options available to recover debts owed. This can include the preparation of a Letter of Claim and/or obtaining and enforcing County Court Judgments.
Nicola also has experience acting for those defending claims and has been successful in applications to set County Court Judgments aside.
Contract disputes arise in many forms, often in relation to the supply of goods and services. Nicola has experience acting for both consumers and businesses in relation to these types of disputes.
Contentious Wills, Trusts and Estates
Nicola’s work in this field has seen her act for Claimants and Defendants in relation to claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, disputes surrounding the validity of wills, allegations of undue influence and disputes between executors and beneficiaries.
Nicola’s experience in this area is complimented by her successful completion of the three-year professional education course in conjunction with the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the University of Law.
Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation.
Nicola has represented clients and guided them through a variety of forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including negotiation, round-table discussions, formal mediation and ents in relation to both personal and business disputes. She assists clients with the early resolution of disputes but equally can represent clients in Court proceedings, should the need arise.
Nicola is a Member of the Law Society.
Nicola has close links with the South West. She grew up in South Dorset and returned in 2020 after spending 11 years in Devon.