Nicola Cockerill


I qualified as a Solicitor in July 2008 and joined Buckles in September 2016.

I specialise exclusively in employment law, working on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters primarily for businesses and high-level individuals, including reviewing and drafting contracts of employment, company policies and procedures. I also advise on unfair dismissal claims, discrimination claims, breach of contract claims, post termination restrictions, settlement agreements and Employment Tribunal processes.

Having had previous experience working in a HR role, I’ve gained a valuable understanding of the day-to-day issues faced by both employers and employees which enables me to empathise with my clients. I have also previously spent a number of years dealing solely with tribunal claims which has given me significant experience of the process involved.

I have a down-to-earth and proactive approach and focus on providing clear and concise advice.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and I’m based at our Peterborough office. I am also the Chair of the HR Forum of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce.

When I’m not working, I enjoy snowboarding, going to gym, hiking through the countryside with my gorgeous dogs and, if this isn’t enough to occupy my time, I like to travel too!

Nicola is a Chambers UK 2022 ranked lawyer and a Legal 500 Rising Star. A Rising Star has been defined by Legal 500 as “…associates who make a material difference to the practice.”

Nicola CockerillThe Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

  • We worked closely with Nicola Cockerill who was knowledgeable, provided advice and was very patient was us as we muddled through a challenging period in relation to our Human Resource strategy.
    Legal 500, 2022
  • Nicola Cockerill is an exceptional legal professional. My business trusts her advice and finds her to be completely honest and we find her thoroughly professional. I think Nicola has an excellent manner and we find her experience and wealth of knowledge an absolute “must have” for our business.
    Legal 500, 2022n
  • Thank you for representing me and walking me through this redundancy settlement process, it has been a pleasure working with you
  • Many thanks for all the excellent help and advice over recent months.
  • Although you may say it's your job, I would like to thank you for your help and advice. It may not have been the outcome I would have hoped but I still have a job which I can do without worry until I am ready to hand in my notice which will probably be at the end of the year. Thank you once again
  • Please pass on my gratitude to Nicola for all her advice and sterling work.