Areas of Expertise
Nicola has over 20 years’ experience of defending and advising institutional clients in respect of fast track and multi-track cases.
Nicola represents local authorities in claims involving a diverse range of issues including breach of duty, causation, limitation and costs.
Nicola has expertise in relation to employers’ liability claims to include accidents in the workplace, safe working practices, the provision and use of work equipment, assaults by service users, occupational dermatitis and occupational stress.
Nicola has experience of advising and representing clients in respect of highways and occupiers’ liability claims and in assisting clients operating schools, leisure centres, parks, playgrounds and community centres.
Nicola has also represented local authority clients in respect of social care and failure to protect vulnerable individuals from neglect.
Shaw v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council  EWCA Civ. 1678, Court of Appeal: the mandatory requirements of Part 36 and cost consequences
Preece v Caerphilly County Borough Council  (unreported): the validity and enforceability/recoverability of costs under a CFA where in breach of relevant statutory requirements