Nik Heelam

Nik Heelam

Risk & Compliance

Tel: 01217463300
Office: Shirley

About Nik Heelam

Nik has a wealth of experience in civil litigation, personal injury and family law, but over the last 16 years has specialised in all aspects of regulatory law, SRA and FCA compliance. Nik spent almost a decade working for the main frontline regulator in the legal services market in investigatory, inspection/audit, management and practice support roles.

Nik joined Sydney Mitchell in 2012 and is responsible for managing risk and compliance within the firm, which includes all aspects of professional conduct, client care, regulatory compliance and professional indemnity.

Nik is the firm’s MLRO, Insurance Mediation Officer and the lead contact for Data Protection purposes.

Nik is available to advise professional, business and charity clients on compliance issues, most recently assisting one of the UKs top 100 charities.


Career History

  • Sydney Mitchell LLP – May 2019 Partner*
  • Sydney Mitchell LLP – July 2012 – April 2019
  • Legal Compliance Services - self employed - October 2011 – October 2012
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority (the Law Society) - June 2007 – September 2011
  • The Law Society of England and Wales  - January 2003 – June 2007
  • Gruber Garratt Solicitors  - January 1990 – September 2002
  • Betesh Fox Solicitors  - 1988 – 1990

* Nik is a non-member partner with the firm and is unadmitted

Conferences and Seminars

Nik has considerable experience designing and delivering risk, compliance and regulatory training to professionals. Nik is available to provide advice, training and talks on risk and compliance to your business.

Interests and Hobbies

 Handy with a hammer, less so with a football.

* Non-solicitor

UK Top Tier Firm 2022 Lexcel Practice Management Standard Birmingham Law Firm of the Year for 2021 Resolution Collaborative Family Lawyer
The Law Society Accredited in Family Law Conveyancing Quality Scheme