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Pepperells Solicitors are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Head of Department, Nichola Skayman, who will be leading their dynamic team of industry specialists dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals affected by domestic abuse and private law children matters.


This appointment represents a strategic evolution and a continuation of the successes that has been achieved thus far by the wider Family Law Team at Pepperells.

With a seasoned professional at the helm as Head of Department, Pepperells are poised to become one of the largest Domestic Abuse and Private Child Law teams in the area. The fresh perspective and leadership brought by Nichola Skayman will guide the team with precision, ensuring a cohesive and client-oriented approach, which is a testament to the dedication to continuous improvement Pepperells embrace as a leading Law Firm.

Spanning Pepperells' growing geographical footprint in Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, the North East, London and the South West, the team will be working closely with domestic abuse agencies, charities, and organisations supporting families, vulnerable adults, children, parents, and caregivers who are facing significant family law challenges.

Nichola Skayman, the passionate leader of the team, expressed, "Domestic abuse doesn't discriminate against anybody. We have witnessed significant increases in abuse and neglect cases and I am committed to seeking protection for survivors of domestic abuse and obtaining orders for children in traumatic circumstances. Leading this specialist team of industry professionals is a thrilling opportunity for me to share my knowledge of how to provide empathetic, robust, and fast-paced legal solutions to those who are most in need."

Ben Pepperell, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The appointment of Nichola as Head of the Domestic Abuse and Private Law Children team in the firm is a significant development for the Family Law Department at Pepperells.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men worldwide have experienced physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime and children are often one of the most significantly affected. Sadly children who witness domestic abuse are more likely to become victims or perpetrators themselves later in life.

Recognising the diverse aspects in which abuse and neglect issues can arise, Pepperells Solicitors is committed to efficiently resolving a wide range of family issues. The establishment of this dedicated team enhances our capability to handle complex family law negotiations. 

Nichola has demonstrated a strong desire to support survivors of domestic abuse and ensure the safety and well-being of their children. We are delighted that she will be leading the department.”

The department will offer guidance and representation on protective orders, including non-molestation orders, occupation orders, and emergency protective orders for children on both a private paying and legal aid funded means and merits basis.

For more information or to talk, in confidence, to one of the team, please click here or call 01522 717410.

Pepperells Solicitors is a modern, full-service firm offering legal solutions in Family Law, Property & Housing, Business Services, Criminal Defence, Civil Matters, Contentious Probate, Medical Negligence, and Wills & Probate.

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