Nicola Cockerill

Senior Associate

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

I’m a Senior Associate and 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

  • The Council initially instructed Buckles to provide advice on an employment matter. Immediately Nicola came back with very clear and measured advice that provided the Council with confidence that all of the matters that had been presented were addressed and most importantly the response was in clear and understandable English. We didn’t need another army of lawyers to interpret the advice that we were given! Throughout the process Nicola has been very clear in her advice on the merits of a claim. She has been understanding of Senior Officers alternative commitments and has tried her best to give as much notice as possible, and provided ‘gentle’ nudges when needed, to ensure that we keep to prescribed deadlines. Nicola is a straight talker and knows how to interact with her clients. She is honest and extremely approachable. I would not hesitate to recommend Nicola to anyone who has an employment issue that needs to be addressed.
    Local Authority Client
  • Nicola Cockerill helped us solve delicate employment matters with clarity, professionalism and trustworthiness, all this with sympathy and kindness. Nicola Cockerill is an excellent lawyer who took care of all the details to protect us and our interests. Moreover, she did not hesitate to spend her time or patience to absolve all our questions and doubts until she resolved the matter.
    Roxana Castro de Bollig, Consulate General of Peru
  • I just wanted to share a quick note and let you know that Nicky Cockerill did a really excellent and efficient job. I’m so very pleased I decided to work with your company. It’s really great how easy, straightforward, and stress-free Nicky made the whole process at what is usually a very stressful time. Nicky’s advice was invaluable and reassuring. The whole process went smoothly and the resolution payment was received promptly. Thank you so very much for your help and please pass on my thanks again to Nicky.
    Anonymous, 2022
  • 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, 2022
  • 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.