Our Expertise

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Julia Nelson MCIArb

Julia has specialised in Family Law for almost 30 years and is the deputy head of our Family Law Team. She has vast experience of dealing with a wide range of people and cases. Her practice includes the full range of family finance work and children. In private law disputes she is able to advise and represent clients in both finance and children issues and clients greatly value the continuity of relationship between the two forms of dispute. Julia has a considerable record of success in contested cases and a fearsome reputation for cross-examination and uncovering concealed assets. Julia’s no nonsense approach, enthusiasm and tenacity has earned her an enviable reputation with family solicitors who compete to instruct her on behalf of their clients. Julia is an arbitrator in children law and has extensive experience of dealing with disputes regarding the welfare of children including numerous applications for leave to remove children from the jurisdiction and internal relocation. Julia’s practice encompasses all forms of family disputes and has successfully represented clients in divorce and children cases where the client is vulnerable or lacks capacity. Julia is fortunate enough to be able to thrive on little sleep . As well as a very busy barrister and mother of two, she is an experienced actress and regularly performs in theatre and immersive theatre. Julia is also a keen gardener and an accomplished cook and a previous winner of ‘Come dine with me!’

Mike Hill

&nbsp; Mike has a well-established reputation as a busy, key clinical negligence barrister boasting strong medical expertise informed by his previous occupation as a dentist. He represents both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims of all types and is especially known for his dental negligence expertise. <strong>"Demonstrates extensive knowledge of Clinical Law generally and dental claims specifically. Is particularly impressive with complex and or high value dental claims, respected by both patients and experts alike. Continues to serve with impressive speed on issues of opinion and drafting." </strong>[Legal 500, 2020] <strong>"He is always approachable, extremely knowledgeable and very good on his feet." "He excels in simplifying really complex cases and is very good with clients."</strong>  [Chambers &amp; Partners, 2020]. <strong><em>"Highly experienced in dental negligence claims"</em>  </strong>[Legal 500, 2019] <em><strong>"Invaluable experience in dental negligence claims."</strong></em> [Chambers &amp; Partners, 2019]. <em><strong>"He has a good rapport with clients and is excellent with expert witnesses. He is thorough, has a good understanding of the law and, with his dental background, has strong medical knowledge also."</strong></em>  [Chambers &amp; Partners, 2017]. Recent cases include: <ul> <li>Spinal Surgery <ul> <li>Inadeuate decompressions</li> <li>Cauda equina</li> </ul> </li> <li>Delayed diagnoses: <ul> <li>Neoplasias</li> <li>Appendicitis</li> <li>Fractures</li> <li>DVT</li> <li>Vestibular schwannomas</li> </ul> </li> <li>Toxicity cases: <ul> <li>Clozapine</li> <li>Hypervitaminosis D</li> </ul> </li> <li>Orthopaedic surgery: <ul> <li>Hip replacements</li> <li>Hip resurfacing</li> <li>TKRs</li> <li>ORIF</li> </ul> </li> <li>Abdominal Surgery <ul> <li>Bowel surgery</li> <li>Gynaecological surgery</li> <li>Cholecystectomy</li> <li>Gastric banding</li> </ul> </li> <li>Dental Claims <ul> <li>Periodontal mismangement</li> <li>Caries mismangement</li> <li>Technical execution claims: <ul> <li>Crown and bridge placement</li> <li>Endodontics</li> <li>Implant placement</li> <li>Implant restoration</li> <li>Extractions <ul> <li>OACs</li> <li>Lingual nerve injuries</li> <li>Inferior alveolar nerve injuries</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> His extensive client base includes leading regional and national law firms as well as insurers. Mike provides training to the NHS upon medico-legal matters and risk minimisation.  He provides training to lawyers upon medical and dental claims. Mike has his own clinical negligence and dental negligence focused and blogging website: <a href="http://www.mikehillbarrister.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.mikehillbarrister.co.uk</a>

Stuart Roberts

Stuart has a strong practice comprising chancery, probate, commercial and employment work.  He has a calm, impressive Court presence and is a skilled cross-examiner.  He is also very good with solicitors and lay clients, who appreciate his robust but practical approach and no-nonsense advice.  He has been recommended in both Chambers &amp; Partners and the Legal 500 for many years as one of the top practitioners in his field in the region. His caseload includes disputed wills and Inheritance Act cases (an area where he has a particular interest); proprietary estoppel; trusts of land/TOLATA; property claims; Court of Protection financial disputes, including statutory wills; partnership disputes; unfair prejudice claims; directors disqualification; guarantee claims; professional negligence (especially solicitors); insurance; restrictive covenants; and general chancery and commercial work. Stuart deals with employment matters of all types in the ET; and with his broad civil expertise, he is perfectly placed to handle the full array of Court cases with an employment aspect, including: wrongful dismissal of senior employees; contract claims brought in Court for notice and bonus payments; claims involving directors including breach of service agreements and breach of fiduciary duty; and claims and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants, garden leave, confidential information, breach of contract and springboard injunctions.  He is regularly instructed to act on injunction applications at very short notice. &nbsp;