Nicola Wilburn-Shaw « McAlister Family Law


Nicola Wilburn-Shaw


“I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”


Nicola graduated her Legal Practice Course from the University of Sheffield and originally qualified into fraud litigation.  Her experience in this field means she has a particular aptitude for high value and multi-asset financial disputes, where there may be a concern surrounding undisclosed income or assets. Through her connections with forensic experts worldwide, Nicola has claimed the name as “the one who always finds the money”.

Known for her discretion and keeping her client’s matrimonial affairs out of the media spotlight, Nicola is much sought after by high profile individuals. She acted in one of the top three, highest value divorces in the UK of 2018, such having a a net asset base in excess of £150m.  As an acknowledged expert in the complex field of private FDRs (Financial Dispute Resolutions, held privately outside of court) she attracts many celebrity and high net worth clients who seek her out for both her unique skill set and her ability to resolve their divorce quickly and discreetly.

Outside of “big money” cases, she is also highly-experienced in unmarried and/or cohabitee disputes concerning property and provision for children (known as “Schedule 1 and ToLATA” cases), and is an Ambassador for Women in the Law UK.

Prior to her role with McAlister Family Law, she held the position of associate partner with Laytons LLP, as well as working with BLM Solicitors and Hill Dickinson LLP.



Nicola is a contributor to a number of national legal publications, including Lexis Nexis, as well as numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the North West.

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