64 High Street
East Sussex
DX: 50250 Lewes 4
Tel: 01273 480510
Fax: 01273 483179

Nicholas Barnes

Called 1996   |    Email: nbarnes@westgate-chambers.co.uk

“Thanks so much Nick for all your hard work, professionalism and even humour which was helpful when things were stressful. You and everyone at Westgate have worked so hard for [us] in very difficult circumstances, we will be forever grateful.”

Area of Practice

Specialising in family and civil cases. Experience in all courts up to the Court of Appeal and throughout the country, particularly on the Western Circuit, on the South Eastern Circuit and in London. Having previously qualified as a Solicitor he is acutely aware of the pressures and needs of instructing solicitors. Conscientious and committed to providing an extremely high level of work.


  • All aspects of financial and enforcement proceedings, in particular financial remedies (including overseas), nuptial agreements and under schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
  • All types of claims by family members for or against wills including probate disputes and under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
  • Disputes relating to cohabitees including living together and separation agreements, and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Public Law

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of Care Proceedings representing parents, third parties and children’s guardians with an emphasis on cases arising from neglect, non-accidental injuries, drugs and alcohol, “shaken baby syndrome” and fabricated/induced illness.

Private Law

  • Regularly instructed in all areas of disputes concerning children, including section 8, intractable parents, changes of name and removal from the jurisdiction.


Recent civil work includes:

  • Commercial Property
  • Computer/Software Misuse
  • Credit Hire
  • Debt & Loans
  • Fraud
  • Highway
  • Inheritance
  • Misrepresentation
  • Neighbour & Boundary Disputes
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate Disputes
  • Trespass to the Person, to Land and to Goods


  • LL.B (Hons)
  • ICSL
  • QLTT

Professional Associations

  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
  • Direct Access Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Cycling and charity fundraising.
  • Supporting my children in their many and varied sporting activities.
  • Amateur website creation (i.e. www.barnes.link and www.paperless.com)
  • Gadgets