Nick Hodson « McAlister Family Law


Nick Hodson


"When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”

Winnie the Pooh

Meet Nick

Nick has specialised in the law relating to children for more than 20 years. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel, allowing him to represent children in both public and private law Children Act proceedings. Prior to his current role, he was Partner and Head of Children Law at Slater & Gordon.

During his career he has represented parents, family relatives, children and a number of local authorities at all levels of the Family Court. In particular, he has experience of the most complex cases including serious non-accidental injury, child murder, adoption and sexual abuse cases. Nick regularly undertakes his own advocacy. He represented the children in the case of Re F (DNA testing) [2007] EWHC 3235. Nick has also acted on a pro bono basis for some of the victims of the Manchester bomb in 2017.

He is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, a current committee member and former Chair of Child Concern, a charity that’s purpose is the multi-discipline training of all professionals involved in child protection. Nick is also the solicitor representative of the Greater Manchester Family Forum (formerly the Family Justice Council). He also delivers training to Manchester Metropolitan University.

What others say

"In relation to this morning’s case, and as always, I received excellent, child-centred legal advice.  Child care matters are often complex and your extensive experience and knowledge is an asset when working with children and families who are experiencing difficulties.  This, alongside your efficient and professional management of court proceedings is key to achieving the right outcome for children."  Children's Guardian

"Nick’s continued dedication to the development of effective inter-disciplinary practice and education in family law, for the benefit for children and families, sets Nick apart from other lawyers. This is particularly impressive as this extensive (pro bono) work involves Nick giving freely of his own time and valuable expertise, gained over many years of practice. Nick has developed and maintained his reputation as an excellent family lawyer, who is highly skilled, exceptionally hard working, approachable and who has a great sense of humour. There are significant numbers of vulnerable children, family members, students and professionals from all disciplines, who have benefited directly from Nick’s expertise, so generously shared." Children's Guardian

"Very strong on care matters." Legal 500, 2017

Press and Publications

Nick has written for a variety of prestigious publications, including Family Law Journal, and has been called upon to provide expert comment on children’s legal issues for BBC 1, ITV, BBC Radio Manchester and Talk Radio.

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