Elizabeth Nicholls

Barrister, Commercial Mediator and Arbitrator

Call: 2018 - England and Wales, 2021- Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands)  

Practice Summary

Elizabeth has a practice covering commercial, local government, property, planning and environmental law. She also offers specialist advice in relation to arboricultural matters (trees, forests and hedges) and is a co-author of the leading legal book on the subject.

She is frequently asked to advise and represent clients in a range of courts and tribunals. Elizabeth also represents clients as Counsel at mediation. In addition, she is a sought-after Civil Mediation Council accredited mediator and an arbitrator (MCIArb and Fellow and Director of FICA).

Before becoming a barrister, Elizabeth gained over 20 years’ experience in commercial roles for one of the largest supermarket retailers (Sainsbury’s). Prior to that, she worked for a leading international forestry and consumer products manufacturer, and a global ingredients manufacturer.

Elizabeth is known for her keenness to examine even the most unusual of cases. She is highly approachable and pragmatic and gives practical and realistic advice to all her clients.

Elizabeth is also appointed as Panel Counsel to advise the Government of the Virgin Islands. She is Direct Access qualified.

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Elizabeth advises on issues relating to contracts, procurement, debt, intellectual property and other commercial disputes. She has particular experience involving public authorities and those relating to interesting property (dogs, racehorses and classic cars). She has worked with the Financial Conduct Authority on a large fraud investigation.

Local Government

Elizabeth specialises in claims for and against local authorities, including those involving debt, contract/procurement, housing, property damage and personal injury. She has experience in land and real property, highways, education and enforcement. Elizabeth has in-depth experience of working in-house for a large local authority in planning and enforcement, including matters relating to public health, nuisance, licensing, listed buildings, planning and environment, including prosecutions.


Elizabeth advises on issues relating to boundaries, highways, property damage (including caused by trees), housing, landlord & tenant (including agricultural), nuisance and enforcement. She also acts on behalf of local authorities in matters relating to anti-social behaviour.

Planning & Environment

Elizabeth has experience of planning, listed buildings, hedgerows, biodiversity and environmental law. She has advised in cases requiring notices, injunctions and direct action. Elizabeth also has experience in prosecuting on behalf of Local Authorities. She is one of the few barristers dealing with issues relating to trees and hedges including; TPO’s, felling, conservation areas, airfields, nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour Act orders.

Aboricultural Law

Elizabeth specialises in legal matters relating to the law of trees, forests and hedges and is a co-author of the leading legal textbook on the subject; “The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges”, 3rd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, Mynors, Nicholls and Hall (2022). She advises on claims and enforcement (TPO/Conservation areas, illegal felling, nuisance, negligence, property damage (including subsidence), Anti-Social Behaviour Act orders, Enforcement Notices and other associated claims. She is a sought-after key-note speaker at industry events across the country. She is a Trustee of the Arboricultural Association and represents clients at all levels of courts and Tribunals, including prosecutions and civil claims. She is also a sought-after mediator and an arbitrator.

Mediation & Arbitration

Elizabeth is a Civil Mediation Council accredited mediator and an arbitrator (MCIArb). She is sought after for both her advice as representing counsel or as the mediator or arbitrator in disputes. Please see her dedicated pages on Mediation and Arbitration, or contact the clerks for her relevant C.V.

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