Nichola Barnes is a partner in our wills and probate department.
Nichola studied at the University of Sheffield and completed her LPC there from 1999-2003. Qualified in September 2005 into the Wills and Probate Department.
She is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practioners), and later completed her STEP international succession exams in 2013.
Outside of work her hobby is teaching a range of fitness classes on weekends and training with weights and doing cardio. Also spending as much time as possible with her children and doing activities with them.
Nichola's recent highlights have been passing the STEP tax exam and getting the highest score in the STEP International exam. An interesting case I will never forget was a high net worth estate with double deaths where husband and wife committed suicide. They had assets in South Africa and a valuable business. Due to the nature of the deaths and timing, I was able to argue with HMRC and use a rare tax exemption rule to wipe out Inheritance Tax altogether. The children were very pleased with the outcome!.