I have been interested in cross-border issues since my teens when I saw the difficulties a surviving spouse faces in international situations. I am passionate about helping international families plan for and deal with their estates. I am sympathetic, practical and make the whole process as stress-free as possible.
Nicole works in the cross-border and French law and property teams. Following law degrees and professional qualifications in both English and French law, she is a diplômée notaire France as well as an English solicitor.
After training and working in a large firm of notaires in Paris, Nicole moved to London and joined a boutique firm of solicitors specialising in French matters. She qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and became a director and shareholder of the law firm in 2017.
Nicole advises on a broad range of private client work: estate planning, will drafting, incapacity and probate. Her specialisation is in matters with a cross-border element, most often in France and other French speaking jurisdictions, such as Belgium and Switzerland.
Nicole also advises on French property matters, including purchases and sales, but also a variety of disputes and the structuring of ownership.
Nicole advises on all aspects of tax in private client work in the UK and France, predominantly for estate planning. She also advises on tax in relation to French property and regularly assists other firms of solicitors with French law.
Nicole has a large professional network across France and other European countries which enable her to provide a seamless service to her clients.
In addition to English and French, Nicole speaks Spanish.
Nicole joined Russell-Cooke in 2022 from a City of London law firm where she was a partner in the private wealth team.
- After a series of deaths, assisted an English deputy to establish that the protected person was entitled to a French property and prepare an order enabling the deputy to sell the property
- Advised a Belgian/British couple who were locked down in France and owned assets in UK, France, and Belgium, on the execution of their wills during Covid
- Worked with lawyers in France and Belgium to establish the law applicable to an estate with assets in the UK, France and Belgium and to establish the most favourable tax analysis of the same
- Assisting with the purchase of a property in France by a multi-generational family
- Contributor to the STEP Journal, PS Magazine, Law Gazette, the Daily Telegraph and a variety of conferences and seminars
- Affiliate member of STEP
- Member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society
- Member of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain
- Member of the Anglo-Belgian Society
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