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Nick Manners


Nick is Head of the Family Department at Payne Hicks Beach.

Described as “strategically astute and very clever” he is a specialist family lawyer who focuses on all areas of family law, including issues arising from divorcecohabitation and the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown. Nick is a skilled litigator with experience of cases at all levels, and is one of the very few family lawyers to have worked on a case which was heard in the Supreme Court (successfully, in 2023).

Nick has spent his entire career working closely with Baroness Shackleton on a vast array of high value, high profile and highly complex matters, and is instructed by a wide variety of individuals from all walks of life, such as businesspeople, entrepreneurs, professional sportsmen and women and politicians.

Aside from his financial practice, he regularly advises on contentious children disputes involving contact, residence and relocation (including international relocation). He has dealt with abductions, and on matters involving same-sex parents.

Nick also regularly advises upon, and drafts pre and post-nuptial agreements.

He works for a variety of high net worth and ultra high net worth clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including those with a complex international angle. He also has experience of advising clients upon the breakdown of civil partnerships and Inheritance Act claims.

Nick has also significant experience working on cases which involve Sharia Law, Islamic marriage and divorce.

He has been quoted in national media (The Times, Daily Mail), on family law matters and is also listed by The Spear’s Family Lawyers Index as “Top Recommended”. He is listed in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers HNW. He was named in the ePrivateclient NextGen Leaders list 2023.

Joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2008, qualified in 2010, promoted to Senior Associate in June 2017 and to Partner in December 2020.  He was appointed to Head of the Family Department in 2024.

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Nick is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 UK 2024 and is described as “strategically astute and very clever”. He is ranked in Chambers UK 2024 under Family/Matrimonial Finance: Ultra High Net Worth.

“Promoted to partner in December 2020, Nick Manners has spent the past decade climbing the ranks at Payne Hicks Beach, working closely with the legendary Baroness Shackleton throughout his career. He has been closely involved in many of the firm’s most notable cases, including Appleton & Gallagher v News Group Newspaper and PA, Ciccone v Ritchie, and Kerman v Akhmedova.” Spear’s 500

Ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers HNW 2023, the esteemed law directory writes that Nick is regularly instructed by high net worth clients for complex matrimonial finance matters and says that “Nick is excellent for financial work in particular; a combination of tenacity, tactical nous and consummate charm makes him a formidable opponent.”

Nick is ranked as “Top Recommended in the Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2024 with a focus on child law and financial remedy and in Spear’s 500 2024.

Nick is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 UK 2023 and as “Recommended” in the Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2021, 2022 and 2023 and in the Spear’s 500 2023.

Comments in the Legal 500 UK include:

“Nick Manners is stand out. Managing hugely complicated and high profile cases with ease. He is also a pleasure to deal with which enables a conciliatory approach when possible” Legal 500 UK 2023

“Nick Manners is careful balanced and articulate, and can be trusted to tease out the most important and helpful elements in a client’s case.” Legal 500 UK 2022

“Nick Manners is a calm voice of reason. He understands the case thoroughly.” Legal 500 UK 2022

Nick is a member of Resolution

  • Potanin v Potanina [2024] UKSC 3
  • Br v Br [2024] EWFC 11
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
  • HD v WB [2023] EWFC 2 (13 January 2023)
  • Potanina v Potanin [2021] EWCA Civ 702
  • Barclay v Barclay [2021] EWFC 40 (Financial remedy proceedings leading to award of £100m to the wife).
  • Potanin v Potanina [2019] EWHC 2956
  • Ciccone v Ritchie (No 1) [2016] EWHC 608 (Fam).
  • Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2) [2016] EWHC 616 (Fam).
  • AAZ v BBZ [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam) (Financial remedy proceedings leading to award of over £453m to a wife).
  • AAZ v BBZ & Ors [2016] EWHC 3349 (Fam) (Judgment supplemental to case above, concerning the principles of Legal Professional Privilege).
  • Appleton & Gallagher v News Group Newspapers and PA [2015] EWHC 2689 (Fam) (client privacy and the Family Court).