Cara Nuttall


Cara Nuttall

Partner ManchesterLondon Family

Cara has practised exclusively in Family Law since 2005, and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She joined JMW in 2016. Cara works from both the London and Manchester offices, and represents individuals from all areas of the country and abroad. Cara is ranked as a leading individual in legal directories, cited as “astute and tenacious…combining being a compassionate lawyer with being a gladiator for her clients in court” and having “a real eye for detail and a real passion for her client’s case, striving to always achieve the best results possible. She is everything that a demanding private law client requires: intelligent, experienced and completely committed”

Cara leads the Children and Fertility Law team and specialises in complex children law. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Private Law Children and Child Abduction cases and is a recognised specialist in surrogacy. She has extensive experience in:

  • Contested private law proceedings regarding all aspects of a child’s upbringing;
  • Extended family disputes;
  • International and internal relocation applications;
  • Cross-jurisdictional contact disputes and enforcement of orders;
  • Contesting jurisdiction;
  • Child abduction;
  • Surrogacy, donation/ pre-conception and co-parenting agreements.

Her past cases have involved issues arising in Australia, USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Far East. She has frequently dealt with cases involving serious allegations of emotional, physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse, cultural and religious issues, and mental health issues, together with intractable contact disputes and significant hostility. She has undertaken many cases regarding the lawful and unlawful movement of children both within the jurisdiction and internationally.

In addition to children cases, Cara also undertakes all aspects of divorce and financial remedy work, including cases with an international element and where there are jurisdictional disputes, and where asset-tracing is required. Cara regularly undertakes cases involving business and trust assets and cases where assets are located abroad.

Reported cases include:

Re H (Contact) 2010 ALL ER 229 – successful appeal of an interim residence order, with costs;

Re S (Foreign Surrogacy) 2014 EWHC 2121 – Wardship application following complications arising after a foreign surrogacy arrangement;

L v M (Stranded Spouse) 2012 EWHC 4299 - jurisdictional dispute arising from allegations of stranding;

Re EP 2014 EWFC B136 – complex private law proceedings involving the falsification of evidence and the failure of a medical professional to follow protocol, with “gross” litigation misconduct, and costs consequences;

Re V 2016 EWFC 58- competing allegations of abuse and alienation in private law proceedings, where criticism was levied at social services for failings in their handling of the case;

M and S v F 2017 EWHC 2176 Fam – surrogacy - single parent application following breakdown of parental relationship;

R v R (2017) EWHC 3709 (Hague Convention: Wardship) - successful application for summary return to USA of children previously made Wards of Court in England and Wales;

Rothschild and Radziszewska v De Souza [2018] EWHC 1855 – resisted assertions as to 3rd party beneficial interest in relation to matrimonial assets, and secured costs;

Rothschild v De Souza (December 2018) – suspended committal - secured suspended committal for repeated breach of financial orders

TT v CDS [2019] EWHC 3572 (Fam) – final financial remedy order from long-running, cross-jurisdictional proceedings involving conduct arguments.

Cara’s experience in this field is recognised in legal directories, where she has been cited as having a “stellar reputation”. Cara is a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 and was listed as Chambers & Partners Associate to Watch in 2013, Star Associate from 2014-2016, and thereafter ranked as a Partner. Comments include “I was impressed by how she works at the speed of light, will drop everything for you and puts up a good fight." (2013), and that "an excellent team player" who "has an admirable ability to cut through to the central plank of a case" with interviewees noting they “can’t speak highly enough of her.” (2015). 

Cara obtained a degree in Law from Kings College London, where she was awarded the Manches Prize for Family Law, before completing her LPC at Nottingham Law School. She moved to Manchester in order train and qualify at Pannone. She regularly writes articles for the press and professional publications and is often quoted in national publications. Cara has appeared on regional and national radio and television discussing Family Law issues. She also lectures on family law.

Cara has been a member of Resolution since qualification and was on the founding committee of Young Resolution Manchester. She sat on the committee of the MYSG for 8 years and continues on the committee of the Association of Women Solicitors in Manchester. Cara participates in fundraising committees of various local charities and has previously acted as Legal Advisor to After Adoption’s North West adoption panel.

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