Warren Nichols Partner & Head of Family
Warren qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined the firm in March 2020, having previously worked at medium sized practices in London, Kent and Surrey. Warren is the supervisor and head of our Family team.
Warren has extensive experience of assisting clients with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious family law matters. His work includes divorce and the subsequent division of assets, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, separation advice, cohabitation and relationship breakdowns, property ownership disputes plus disagreements regarding children and their welfare.
Having built up a strong client base over the years, Warren specialises in complex high net worth financial remedy claims and has acted for FTSE 100 company directors, bankers, lawyers, celebrities and entrepreneurs both here and abroad.
In addition, Warren maintains a niche civil-based caseload of claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TOLATA”) as well as the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Warren was included in the Citywealth Leaders List in 2018 and 2019 which brings together the leading individuals in the private wealth and private client advisory sectors. His inclusion means his family law expertise has been recognised by his peers, latterly named as one of the top 50 divorce lawyers in London in the 2019 edition.
2002 - 2003 Inns of Court School of Law
1999 – 2002 Staffordshire University, BA (Hons) Law & Spanish
1997 – 1999 Dartford Grammar School
Memberships & Associations
- Law Society
- Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association)
- British Russian Law Association (BRLA)
Recent cases Warren has worked on
Financial settlement (divorce)
Warren successfully negotiated a pre-trial settlement for a client based abroad in circumstances where the slow economic climate in that jurisdiction had impacted greatly on the perceived value of jointly owned assets.
With extensive expert evidence on both sides, Warren was able to achieve a settlement whereby the client largely retained the capital he wanted for a greatly reduced lump sum payment to the wife to buy out her interests - fulfilling the client's expressed goal from the outset of the case.
Financial settlement (divorce)
Following an acrimonious two-year Court battle, Warren's client successfully defended a wife's exorbitant maintenance claim to the extent that this was cut by 68% on her initial pleaded case.
Due to the extensive debts which had accrued during the marriage (which the wife sought to set off against the client's own capital share of the assets rather than jointly), it was necessary for the Court to take these justified debts into consideration when determining the level of maintenance: (a) the client could afford to pay; and (b) in assessing whether there was any merit to an order for sale being imposed on a US-based property in the knowledge that any benefit the parties may collectively enjoy from it would be swallowed up and immediately earmarked for part settlement of an historical tax debt.
Ultimately, the client was awarded a settlement at trial largely based on very favourable terms Warren had anticipated some 6 months earlier.
Financial settlement (divorce)
Warren was recently instructed by a client who had informally agreed terms of financial settlement with his wife directly before seeking legal advice in a medium net worth case.
On considering the terms of the proposed settlement when pitched against the financial needs of each party, Warren successfully negotiated a reduction in the lump sum payment to be paid to the other party by £50,000.00 on the premise that the terms did not accurately cater for the client’s medium to long-term needs.
No separate application to Court was required on the basis that financial remedy proceedings had not been commenced. The lump sum was negotiated down and amended terms were subsequently agreed and filed out of Court.
Trusts of land (cohabitation dispute)
Warren was instructed by a client when his claim to the beneficial interest in a former home shared with his ex-partner was defended.
The client had contributed towards the purchase price of the property by paying the initial deposit sum as well as the mortgage for a period of 2 years. There was then a period of prolonged silence before Warren was retained to pursue an application under TOLATA to force the sale of the property and recover the client’s interest.
The case settled and the client recovered his initial deposit plus 50% of the current net equity in the property, its value having increased significantly since the date of purchase.
Children (change of name)
Warren acted on behalf of a mother who wanted, for welfare issues in relation to her children, to change their surnames without the father’s consent.
The father held parental responsibility for the children and opposed the application but it was found that the children (who consented to the name change) faced a risk of persecution by association if their names were not altered.
The client’s application was successful.
Warren’s recently reported cases
Warren acted for Mr Khan in the well-publicised Islamic marriage case of Akhter v. Khan  EWFC 54 in which the Court was tasked with determining whether a religious Nikah created an invalid or void marriage under s.11 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The Court at first instance declared that the marriage was void and that Ms Akhter was subsequently entitled to a decree of nullity (thereby permitted to pursue financial remedy claims accordingly) – a decision which was overturned successfully on appeal (Akhter v. Khan  EWCA Civ 122).
What Warren’s clients say
- "I would like to thank you for everything you did and the support you gave me during this horrible and upsetting period in my life. Now it is finally over I feel I can shut the door on it and get on with my life".
- "I would have no hesitation in recommending Warren to my friends and associates; in fact I have already done so and a new divorce client will be with you shortly which is a double-edged sword morally – whilst no one likes to celebrate divorce, it happens and my friends deserve the best and that’s why I’ve recommended Warren”.
- "I can't fault the service Warren gave, from start to finish, and I personally would 100% recommend him to all my friends and business associates".
- “It was great meeting you yesterday, your valuable time and advice gave me relief and a sense of peace”.
- "I was looking for a solicitor to advise me on the process of divorce, due to the breakdown of my marriage. When I first spoke to Warren, he was exceptionally helpful and provided me with all the necessary information I required regarding a divorce. He was sensitive to my situation and took the time to listen and advise me accordingly. He has worked relentlessly on my case, constantly updating me and ensuring I am comfortable with any decisions made. His advice and guidance has been fantastic and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needed a solicitor".
- "I needed professional legal advice and assistance to speed up my case. Warren is a highly professional solicitor. He listened to me with patience and thanks to his vast experience, it didn't take a second for him to realise how to help me in the best possible way. He communicates very efficiently and really helped my case. H e also charges reasonable fees for his service. I would highly recommend Warren if anyone is looking for the best legal assistance at reasonable fees. Just to add, Warren is a warm hearted and kind person".
Something you didn't know...
Out of the office, Warren is a keen sports enthusiast although mostly from the confines of the sofa these days. His interests include badminton and swimming (ex-English Schools champion and county competitor).