MA (Hons) Psychology, University of Edinburgh

LL.B, University of Edinburgh

Dip LP, University of Edinburgh

Special interests




Nicola's expertise in child law encompasses all of its components, including questions of jurisdiction, international child abduction, the Children's Hearing, permanence orders and petitions for adoption where she has acted for both petitioner and respondent. 

Nicola specialises in family and child law and appears in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. She is experienced in litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and civil partnerships.  Nicola is a curator ad litem and regularly reports to the Court in this regard. She successfully acted in the first forced marriage case to be heard in Scotland. 

Nicola is regularly instructed as junior counsel in criminal trials and has appeared in the High Court of Justiciary and in the Criminal Appeal Court for both the Crown and for the Defence. Nicola was appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute in 2015. 
She was appointed as a Director of Scottish Women's Aid in 2013.