In the heart of Peterborough

Nigel Sleight

Nigel Sleight

Joint Head of Chambers

Date of Call: 1997

Public Access Accredited

Nigel is usually instructed in serious and complex care cases often involving non-accidental injuries, serious sexual abuse or with international issues. He is renowned for being firm but fair, very well prepared and sympathetic to lay clients. He has considerable experience and a good reputation representing Local Authorities and Guardians.

His family practice also includes representing parents in complex private law Children Act proceedings. He also has a wealth of experience in dealing with couples sorting out their financial matters. Much of his work includes dealing with properties and interests abroad and where companies are involved.

In 2011 he was appointed a Fee Paid Judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber dealing with benefit appeals.

In November 2014 he was appointed as a Fee Paid Judge of the Court of Protection to deal with deprivation of liberty cases. This has enhanced the experience Nigel can bring to the broad range of work he covers in this area, which can be challenging and emotional for those involved.

He is a Pupil Supervisor and responsible for pupillage recruitment. He is also Chambers Equality and Diversity Officer.

He has been recommended in family law in the ‘Legal 500’ every year since 2009 and regularly presents seminars on private and public family law and Court of Protection.

Reported Cases

Re E (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 537
Lincs CC v BW & Ors [2014] EWFC B160

Other Notable Cases

A Local Authority v J (2014)
Representing Local Authority in a case where a young girl suffered serious anorexia nervosa. Children placed in long-term foster care [2014].

A Local Authority v DM (2013)
Representing young mother facing allegations that she had deliberately forced a noxious substance down the throat of her child causing serious injuries.

A Local Authority v EE (2013)
Fact-finding hearing involving a child who had suffered life-long injuries from being shaken. Represented the child.

A Local Authority v S & A (2009)
Representing Lithuanian mother accused of baby trafficking.


Spending time with his family and walking the dog. Failing to improve his golf. Travelling and reading.

Contact Nigel Sleight

The Legal 500 United Kingdom

Handles nervous and vulnerable clients with great skill.

Always well prepared, an excellent advocate and very much a team player.

Patient and understanding of clients and their needs.

Willing to go that extra mile.

Is patient and understanding with anxious clients.