Nicola McDaid « McAlister Family Law


Nicola McDaid

Senior Associate

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Muhammad Ali

Meet Nicola

Nicola is a well-known and highly respected Senior Associate, experienced in representing parents, local authorities, grandparents and children in a wide range of Public Law cases, including adoption matters. Her experience ranges from cases involving elements of emotional, physical and sexual abuse to those involving brain injuries where there are concerns that the child may have been shaken, as well as infantile death due to possible non-accidental injuries.

Nicola has advised and represented parents with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties both directly and through the Official Solicitor.  She has developed a wide practice dealing with cases with international elements within the European Union and beyond, for example, the transfer of cases within the EU, and radicalisation issues involving the removal of children to Syria. In one such case the High Court Judge used an emoji, in his official Judgment, to help children understand the family law.

She has experience in private law cases including complex and intractable contact disputes, some of which have involved international elements. She also has experience in TOLATA matters and is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and Manchester and Liverpool Law Society.

What others say

'I have worked with Nicola on several occasions and find her to be extremely professional. It is always a relief when she is instructed on cases. Nicola is sensitive to the issues within care proceedings and is realistic. It is reassuring when you know you are working alongside her.'  View from a local authority client

"Having worked with Nicola for many years, I am always relieved when she is allocated a case. Nicola is proactive and reliable. She has a sound understanding of the pressures facing my workers and strives for the best possible outcomes for children." View from a local authority client

"Nicola saved my family. I would have been lost without her guidance and support." View from a parent

"I could not thank her enough for her hard work and caring approach…. I felt the judge really listened to her, and my case. I am delighted that my children are finally safe." View from a parent

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With over sixty years combined experience, our aim is to settle your matter as quickly, amicably and fairly as possible. 

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