Nadia Tawfik (MCIArb)

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Nadia Tawfik (MCIArb)

“Nadia is straight-talking, fierce, and brilliant at her job, I walked away with a far better deal than I was expecting!'

2021

‘A fantastic advocate who is exceptionally good at pitching a case in the strongest of terms, and is well able to persuade her opponent, even when the judge is not sympathetic. ’

Legal 500, 2022

'has no problem adapting to any changes in the landscape of the case whilst on her feet'.

Legal 500, 2022

‘Argues without fear or fluster, no matter the calibre of opponent’

Legal 500 2021

‘She is quick on her feet and fearless in court, a safe pair of hands for any family law matter.’

Legal 500 2021

"I would highly recommend Miss Tawfik to anyone who needed family representation. She went above and beyond with the service she provided."

2019

"Nadia’s valuable combination of fierce tenacity and sensitivity make her a desirable advocate in family litigation."

2018

"A strong advocate who isn’t afraid of challenging other parties both in and out of Court."

2018

"Tactful, and not afraid to challenge any situation, sharp, very respectful and extremely knowledgeable. "

2019

"Nadia is one of those rare barristers whom we are happy to instruct in any family matter, be it financial or child related."

2019

"She is exactly the right combination of incisive, tactful, and fearless."

2019

“incredible and feisty”

2019

"Miss Tawfik from start to finish was professional with a friendly calming approach, extremely confident and 100% dedicated to the case. "

2019

Practice Overview

Nadia is a specialist Barrister and Arbitrator who practises exclusively in Family law, appearing in Courts up to and including the Court of Appeal and the High Court on a regular basis. She is ranked in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior for both Divorce & Financial Remedy and Public and Private Children Law.

Nadia is also a qualified Private Law Children Arbitrator under the IFLA Scheme (Institute of Family Law Arbitrators).

Nadia is noted as a robust, tenacious and diligent advocate who has appeared at Courts up to and including the Court of Appeal, where she was praised for her ‘commendable advocacy’. She has also been commended by the President of the Family Division.

Despite her formidable style, Nadia remains acutely aware of the stressful and sensitive nature of Court proceedings for the parties. She always endeavours to reassure clients whilst providing them with realistic and pragmatic advice.

Nadia is known for her thorough preparation, and Instructing Solicitors and clients have often commented on her willingness to “go the extra mile” for her clients.

Nadia is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public via the Public Access scheme.

Financial Remedies

Nadia is frequently instructed in Financial Remedy proceedings at all stages. Nadia’s advice is often sought prior to proceedings being issued or at an early stage in the proceedings as to the merits of a case. Nadia has been instructed in a number of applications for Maintenance Pending Suit and Legal Services Orders.

She also has significant experience of acting in related matters including enforcement, variation of orders and applications to set aside.  She has represented third party interveners at various stages of proceedings.

Nadia is also able to represent clients in applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.

Private Child Law

Nadia acts for parties at all stages of proceedings in private child law including complex fact-finding hearings and fully contested final hearings. Nadia has significant experience of cases where domestic abuse, sexual abuse and parental alienation is alleged. Nadia has also been instructed in a number of cases where there have been applications for relocation.

Nadia has appeared on behalf of Guardians in private law proceedings.

Public Child Law

Nadia acts for Local Authorities, Parents and Children’s Guardians in public child law proceedings at all stages. She accepts instructions in cases of neglect, abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), domestic violence and where non-accidental injuries are alleged. Nadia has been instructed in cases where honour-based violence has been alleged.

Nadia has represented parties where applications for Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS) are made.

Vulnerable Clients

Nadia has been instructed in a number of cases where Intermediaries have been appointed. She has been commended for her ability to put even the most nervous and vulnerable of clients at ease. She has also represented clients with significant mental health difficulties and addictions.

Court of Protection

Nadia has appeared in Court of Protection cases up to and including Final Hearings and is actively expanding her practice in this area.

Domestic Violence and Injunctions

Nadia has substantial experience of representing parties in applications under the Family Law Act 1996 including Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders at all stages in proceedings.

Advice and Drafting

Nadia is able to provide advice on all aspects of Family law. Recently, she has been instructed to:

– draft witness statements, application and orders.

– advise upon issues relating to enforcement and variation of orders, particularly in Financial Remedies.

– advise upon matters ancillary to Financial Remedy applications, such as Bankruptcy and Land law.

Direct Access

Nadia is Public Access trained which enables her to take instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases. Nadia is happy to hold conferences whether remotely or in person.

Arbitrator

Nadia is fully qualified as a private children law arbitrator, having completed her training with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Nadia has extensive experience of private child law. Nadia is able to arbitrate on a wide range of private law children matters, including disputes about contact and residence, removal from the jurisdiction and specific issue/prohibited steps orders. Arbitration is being strongly encouraged due to significant delays in the Family Courts.

Notable Cases

Nadia was recently instructed to represent a client in Financial Remedies proceedings where the Court ruled in her client’s favour that the other party’s conduct was such that they should be disentitled from receiving any of the assets in the case.

Nadia has been instructed in a number of reported cases, for example:

  • A and B (Children) [2018] EWHC 3491 (Fam)
  • Re M-H (a child) (placement order: correct test to dispense with consent) [2014] EWCA Civ 1396
  • Nadia was instructed by a Local Authority as Junior Counsel in the High Court on a 12 day public child law finding of fact hearing regarding allegations of serious non-accidental injury (Re XP (a child) [2014] EWHC 4524 (Fam))