St Ives Chambers

Nicholas Starks

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Nicholas is ‘senior junior’ counsel with over 30 years' experience, specialising in family financial provision, principally upon divorce but also under ToLATA, IPFDA, Schedule 1 Children Act and civil partnership proceedings.

His work invariably involves high net worth claims featuring businesses, farming, overseas assets, pensions and variation of nuptial settlements.

Nicholas is joint head of Chambers’ Family Finance team and was recently voted ‘Barrister of the Year, 2019’ by the Worcestershire Law Society.

Nicholas was commended by the Court of Appeal for his “lucid argument” in Kaur v Matharu [2010] EWCA Civ 930 and appeared in the nationally publicised case of Colborne v Colborne [2014] EWCA Civ 1488.

He is a keen contributor to legal publications and as a CPD speaker on circuit.

Nicholas is also happy to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis in suitable cases.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association, Nicholas is a member of the LexisNexis panel of experts for Matrimonial/Finance.