Sills & Betteridge is delighted to announce that Nick Flatt has joined the firm as a family law specialist.
He started his legal career with The Johnson Partnership and was a founder member of NFLA (as Family Law Group was then known). Since then he has built an enviable reputation and won the respect of his peers by undertaking the majority of his own court work. He has a particular specialism dealing with cases in which children have suffered serious injuries and death and has successfully represented his clients in all tiers of the Family Court. This includes a number of cases which have set legal precedents or led to a wealth of High Court and Court of Appeal decisions.
Nick has been a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Panel and Children Panel for many years and is a trained mediator. He is also an accredited specialist in both public and private law Children Act cases and domestic abuse.
Commenting on his appointment Nick said, “I believe that clients are best served if the Solicitor that they see in the office is the Solicitor who represents them in Court. I Iook forward to continuing these traditions in my new role at Sills & Betteridge.”
Nick always looks at every opportunity to challenge decisions made by public authorities. Whilst acting for a mother in care proceedings in which the Court had approved a plan of adoption, Nick successfully pursued an appeal in the Court of Appeal. A re-trial eventually resulted in the child being returned to the care of his mother. In March 2017, Nick successfully pursued an appeal in the Court of Appeal involving a 15 year old child. He also represented the child in the first ever reported damages claim in care proceedings in which damages were paid by a Local Authority due to breaches of a child’s rights under the Human Rights Act 1998
In his spare time, Nick enjoys teaching Family Law to students at Nottingham Trent University. He has lectured at both under graduate and post graduate level but now focuses on teaching Family Law to students pursuing a Law Degree.