Nicola Dalzell
  • Nicola Dalzell

  • Partner

Legal Qualifications:

Solicitors Regulation Authority Management Course (stages 1 and 2) - 2014

Professional Skills Course - Northumbria University - 2011

Legal Practice Course - College of Law -2009 – 2011

Further SRA Core Law CILEx Level 6 Law qualifications to 2007 – 2009

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (Level 6 Law and Legal Practice) 2004 -2007

Year Of Admission:

Dual qualified:

•Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – 2007

•Solicitor – 2011

Career History:

•Partner, Tilly Bailey & Irvine from April 1st 2016

•Associate Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2012 to 2016

• Associate Solicitor, Archers Law LLP, 2005 to 2011

Experience and Expertise:

I am a specialist private client solicitor with over 13 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.  I regularly write blogs for our News Page.

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 woman, preferably mounted section.

Why law as a career?

It’s a fascinating subject and (particularly relevant to my area of specialism) I like working with people.

Describe an interesting fact about yourself

I came to the law late and studied whilst working full time with a young child.  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, Ted, my wonderful four legged fried - my answer is coffee…

Hobbies and interests

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