Nicholas Stonor QC

Year of call:

1993 · Silk 2015 (Door Tenant)


1992 - University College London, LLB (Hons)

1993 - Inns of Court School of Law


2016 - Family Court Recorder

2015 - Queen's Counsel

2014 - Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee


Family Law Bar Association Northumbria Family Justice Council (Bar representative) North Eastern Circuit

Nicholas represents vulnerable adults (by litigation friends including the Official Solicitor), local authorities and family members. He has a particular interest in cases where the Court of Protection jurisdiction overlaps with the care or forced marriage jurisdictions. In September 2015, Nicholas chaired the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA) annual national conference in Leeds.

Notable Cases

  • Re AB (A Child) [2018] EWFC 3 (Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division)

Representing parents of child with life-limiting condition. Court of Appeal allowed appeal against care order. Guidance from President as to how local authorities should approach cases involving disputes in relation to medical treatment.

  • Re B (Children) EWCA Civ 23/08/17 (McFarlane, Thirlwall and Moylan LJJ)

For appellant local authority where trial judge’s interventionist approach had “crossed the line”.

  • Re WM [2017] EWCA Civ (17/03/17) (McFarlane LJ; Burnett LJ)

Representing 16 year old child appealing child arrangements order made by High Court. Representing the child supporting local authority’s appeal against decision to dismiss care proceedings.

  • Northumberland County Council v. Z, Y, X (By Her Children’s Guardian) and the
    Government of the Republic of Kenya [2009] EWHC 498; [2009] 2 FLR 696 (Munby J)

Representing the local authority in care proceedings concerning a child who had been brought into the UK illegally; subsequent issue as to the disclosure of case materials to the police, immigration authorities and Kenyan authorities.

  • Re B (Fact-Finding Hearing: Evidence) [2008] EWCA Civ 1547; [2009] 2 FLR 14 (Thorpe LJ, Lawrence Collins LJ, Goldring LJ))

Representing the local authority appealing the outcome of a fact-finding hearing within care proceedings.

  • Re S; Newcastle City Council v. Z [2005] EWHC 1490 (Fam); [2007] 1 FLR 861 (Munby J)

Representing the child in a freeing for adoption case where the mother opposed on
religious grounds.

  • Y and K (Split Hearing: Evidence) [2003] EWCA Civ 669; [2003] 2 FLR 273 (Thorpe LJ, Hale LJ)

Representing the local authority appealing the outcome of a fact-finding hearing within care proceedings.

  • Re C (Leave to Remove from Jurisdiction) [2000] 2 FLR 457 (Morritt LJ, Thorpe LJ, Chadwick LJ)

Representing the mother on an appeal against the refusal of her request for permission to take her child to live abroad with her new husband.

  • C v. K (Inherent Powers: Exclusion Order) [1996] 2 FLR 506 (Wall J)

Representing a woman seeking the exclusion of her former partner from her home.

Contact Nicholas’ clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212