Member of Lincoln’s Inn
Legal Affairs Department of Dubai
Lincoln’s Inn (2004)
Legal Affairs Department of Dubai (2012)
British Business Group
International Business Women’s Group
Fantastic level of service, very presonalised. Absolutely, we still use your services and we recommend JBL to any client which requires a Solicitor.
During the course of attempting to buy our first villa in Dubai, the Seller, after signing the MOU and addendum contract, decided to then refuse to sell the property and thus fell in breach of the Contract. We approached James Berry & Associates and we were immediately assigned to Nichola in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution/Real Property department.
Our case was handled personally, efficiently and professionally and after issue of a legal notice to the Seller and the various exchanges exchanged after that, Nichola successfully emphasised the Sellers legal weaknesses and their breach and an agreement to compensate us for that breach was agreed - out of court.
We wish to thank Nichola and Maricel for the fantastic work done on our behalf and we hereby highly recommend anyone in the same circumstances to seek Nichola's assistance to secure your rights and compensation.
Alister & Katherine White
Nichola and her team at James Berry have been fantastic throughout this long and challenging journey, bringing it to a successful conclusion. Being overseas has not been a hindrance at all and they’ve certainly gone the extra mile on numerous occasions. Thank You
I have been working with Nichola and the team at James Berry & Associates for several years and can always rely on their guidance when addressing complex legal matters. Nichola has most recently provided excellent legal advice relating to a complex commercial dispute. Nichola quickly built an accurate understanding of the complex dispute and provided timely practical legal advice with a view to finding a resolution. I would like to thank Nichola and the team at James Berry & Associates for their outstanding support.
Nichola is responsive, knowledgeable about property law and pragmatic.
When entering into an agreement with another party, the optimal outcome is to avoid any future litigation or dispute in respect of that agreement. However that is not always the case and where a dispute does arise it is important for parities to be aware of the various roads to resolution available to them aside from going to Court. One such alternative route is arbitration, arbitration has grown considerable traction over the last decade, particularly here in the United Arab Emirates, and many consider it to be the preferred route when it comes to resolving a dispute.
On Saturday 8th November 2020, a number of the provisions in the Laws relating to Personal Status, Criminal and Civil matters have been amended, with immediate effect, by Presidential Decree. Various presidential decrees have been issued amending some of the articles in the laws and procedures relating to the Penal Code and the Civil Code.
In a move to align the public sector and private sector employee benefits and the equal treatment of male and female employees in respect of compensation and parental leave, Federal Decree Law No (6) of 2020 (the Decree) has introduced two amendments to the UAE Labour Law No (8) of 1980 (the Labour Law).
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Nichola is a Senior Legal Consultant and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Real Property at James Berry & Associates. Having previously worked in the banking sector and as a company secretary, Nichola studied law at Lincoln University as a mature student, where she gained a First Class LL.B (Hons) and was awarded the University's prize for "Outstanding Performance in Law" upon graduation. Nichola became a member of Lincoln's Inn and was awarded a Sir Thomas More Bursary from the Inn to assist in studying for her Bar Vocational Course. She was subsequently called to The Bar of England and Wales in 2004 and thereafter, Nichola worked as an Advocate in England for eight years prior to joining James Berry & Associates in July 2012.
Nichola's current U.A.E. practice is predominantly litigation and real property based. Her real property practice includes: - commercial and residential landlord and tenant, property purchases and sales, off-plan property disputes and construction matters. Nichola’s litigation practice includes advising on criminal, regulatory, and professional/medical negligence cases, commercial debt recovery and commercial litigation. Nichola represents clients in domestic and international arbitration and has full rights of audience in the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Courts. She is also a volunteer in the Academy of Law Pro-Bono Programme.
Nichola is a practising Barrister (England & Wales), and an Associate Member (Chancery/Civil) of 36 Group Chambers in London.
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