Nicola Dalzell
  • Nicola Dalzell

  • Partner

Legal Qualification:

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification  2004 -2007 (mainly distance learning)
Additional legal qualifications to qualify as a Solicitor 2007 – 2009 (mainly distance learning)
Legal Practice Course - College of Law -2009 – 2011
Professional Skills Course - Northumbria University - 2011
Solicitors Regulation Authority Management Course stages 1 and 2 – 2014 

Year Of Admission:

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – 2007
  • Solicitor – 2011

Career History:

  • Associate, Archers Law LLP, 2005 to 2011
  • Associate, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2012 to March 31st 2016
  • Partner, Tilly Bailey & Irvine from April 1st 2016

Experience and Expertise:

I am a specialist private client solicitor with over 12 years experience, advising individuals and business owners on all private client matters, including wills, administration of estates (including complex estates), trusts, protection of assets, care, inheritance tax planning, asset protection, mental capacity, powers of attorney for private and business affairs, and elderly client matters.

Career Highlights:

Whenever a client says thank you! 

My most recent highlight is my involvement in ensuring that half a million pounds (which was half of a deceased’s total estate) passed to a worthwhile charity.  Unfortunately, the deceased’s home made Will did not do “what it said on the tin”.  My advice, research and attention to detail played a huge part in securing the legacy for the charity (and not distributed on intestacy) – I have no doubt that each and every one of us will benefit in some way from the deceased’s generous gift, which very nearly failed.  I’m proud to have played a part in making sure it passed where intended.


I’m a Stocktonian – born and bred on Teesside and fluent in the local dialect.   


I have written many articles for local magazines and online publications. I have presented seminars on my specialist area of law to clients and professionals at Tilly Bailey & Irvine and my previous firm.

I am more than happy to talk at local groups, so by all means email me if you think your group will benefit from learning more about wills, probate, trusts, protecting assets, powers of attorney, care and inheritance tax. 

Professional Memberships/Directorship:

Solicitors for the Elderly

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Police women, preferably mounted section. 

Why law as a career?

It’s a fascinating subject and what is very relevant to my area of specialism in particular, is that I like working with people.

Describe an interesting fact about yourself

I came to the law late and studied whilst working full time. At that time, I was a single mum and very hands on with a property renovation.  I thought I’d challenge myself a little further, and completed the first two years of my studies in one - many said I wouldn’t do it… perhaps that’s why I did.

What one thing could you not live without?

Without stating the obvious – family, home, oxygen, Mr Ted Bert Bear (my wonderful four legged friend) - my answer is coffee… 

Hobbies and interests 

Ditto the above answer – family, home, Ted and coffee.