“Even if up against a number of QCs, she’s a very good advocate and really fights her corner.”
Chambers & Partners
Nicola has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses public law, medical negligence, professional regulation and discipline, Court of Protection (health and welfare and property and affairs), personal injury, local government, community care and costs.
She is ranked as a leading junior in the directories in the areas of professional discipline, administrative and public law, clinical negligence, costs, Court of Protection and community care law.
Her clients include NHS and private care bodies, individuals, a range of regulators (from the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and those they regulate, local authorities, individuals and companies.
She has experience as an advocate in a wide-range of courts and tribunals including the Court of Appeal.
“She is very practical, pragmatic and sensible.” Chambers UK 2018
“Good on judicial review and Court of Protection cases.” Legal 500 2017
Recent work includes:
“She is very experienced in healthcare and public law cases with a medical aspect.” Chambers UK 2018
“She relates well to clients and combines an awareness of their position with the ability to read the court.” – Legal 500 2017
Recent work includes:
Representing the OS, private individuals, local authorities and health bodies in a wide range of cases involving adult health, welfare and finances in the inherent jurisdiction and before the Court of Protection including cases involving urgent medical treatment, injunctions, deprivation of liberty, physical and financial abuse and combined Court of Protection and judicial review proceedings. She has acted in medical treatment cases concerning the administration of anti-viral medical to babies when the parents object. She was recently instructed in a DNR /do not admit to intensive care case heard by Mrs Justice King. She is particularly well placed to deal with medical treatment cases given her wide-ranging clinical negligence experience.
“Well on top of all the medicine. Very good with clinicians and experts.” – Chambers UK 2018
“An authoritative and determined advocate, who is great with clients.” – Legal 500 2017
Instructed in cases acting on behalf of Claimants, the NHSLA and private healthcare providers. Nicola has a broad practice in this area and also acts in claims with a Human Rights Act element given her public law experience.
Nicola’s recent cases include:
“Very knowledgeable and approachable.” “She gives clear and easy advice which is also commercial and sensible.” Chambers UK 2018
“A well-respected junior, who has a very good manner with clients” – Legal 500 2017
Including disciplinary hearings, High Court applications and appeals, legal assessing and policy advice.
Nicola acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury cases. Her experience includes employer’s liability and public liability claims for claimants and defendants . She has experience in high value catastrophic injury, chronic pain and complex psychological/psychiatric injury. She has been instructed as a junior to Susan Rodway QC in complex and high value cases.
Recent work includes:
As part of her defendant personal injury practice, Nicola acts for defendants in fraudulent claims including:
Her experience includes a high value claim for the MoD where a successful application was made to rely on surveillance shortly before trial and the claim was settled at a much lower sum.
“Shows great intellect when it comes to legal and factual analysis, and is a calm and assured advocate.” – Chambers UK 2018
“She specialises in matters arising from clinical negligence and personal injury”. – Legal 500 2017
Nicola advises on and appears at detailed assessment hearings and other costs cases in the Senior Court Costs Office and the County and High Courts on behalf of paying and receiving parties, claimants and defendants. She has advised on the impact of LASPO in a variety of contexts including potential challenges to the new LASPO regime and the new fixed recoverable costs applicable to EL and PL cases and ex-Protocol cases including the impact of section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 on fixed cost regimes. She has been advising on the recovery of costs against the Legal Aid Agency and against publicly funded parties who are in receipt of damages awards. She has acted in cases raising costs issues in professional negligence claims. She has been instructed to advise on issues arising out of the decision in JG v Legal Services Commission and was instructed by the Government in the Ali Zaki Mousa case that considered those principles in the context of a set-off of costs.
She is currently instructed in a challenge to the application of Re Eastwood and inter partes billing of in house lawyers. She is available to give advice and representation in a variety of costs cases and lectures regularly on costs issues including latterly at a costs symposium for the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.
Nicola was recommended in Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in Professional Discipline, Community Care and Court of Protection law and in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law, Clinical Negligence, Costs and Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law).
James Robshaw v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 923 (Foskett J). Very high value contested quantum trial. Nicola was led by Neil Block QC.
Ettienne v Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Trust (22.10.14, Mitting J). A doctor had not been negligent when he inserted an ulnar artery catheter into a 28 week old baby’s wrist. It was acceptable for him to have adopted the procedure that he knew best. There were real difficulties in inserting a line into the posterior tibial artery. It was a balance of risks and it was essential that her blood gases were accurately and continuously monitored and blood was available to test. Nicola was instructed by the Defendant Trust.
Downes v Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (11. 11.14, HHJ Wood QC) Nicola was instructed by the Defendant Trust. Complicated fatal accidents claim (quantum only) raising issues as to valuation of maternal services against a background of family proceedings concerning the children and the mother having supervised contact prior to death and the approach to calculation of multiplier in fatal accidents claim. Case compromised with acceptance of Defendant’s latest part 36 offer on final day of trial.
Biznia (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) v Razgulajevs (2014) High value personal injury claim brought by a Lithuanian national who sustained serious brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in the United Kingdom. Difficult quantum issues arising from the question as to whether the Claimant would return to reside in Lithuania in the future. A case management decision precluded the Claimant from relying on certain expert and lay evidence from Lithuania and an appeal had been brought in respect of that decision. Case subsequently compromised at a RTM. Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Nicola Greaney were instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of the Claimant.
Ryan St George (A Patient Suing By His Father & Litigation Friend David St George) v Home Office  Quantum issues arising from prisoner who fell out of a top bunk bed while suffering a withdrawal seizure, thereby sustaining a head injury that resulted in brain damage. Quantum case settled adopting a novel approach to accommodation claim to avoid difficulties created by Roberts v Johnstone.
Smith Shiprepairers North Shields v Secretary of State for Innovation, Business and Skills. Case settled before trial. Contribution claim pursuant to the 1978 Act in respect of a claim for mesothelioma brought by the estate of the deceased in circumstances where the deceased had reached an inter vivos settlement with the defendants to the contribution claim.
Pearce v Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Coal Products Limited, National Smokeless Fuels Limited (2016), Turner J, Master Gordon Sakar. Instructed as junior counsel to deal with costs management and other costs issues for the defendants.
Bakhtiyar v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Upper Tribunal, 9 September 2015. A challenge to the SSHD’s reliance on the Re Eastwood approach of assessing the costs of in-house lawyers failed.
R(Ali Zaki Mousa & ors) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 2941 (DC) Consideration of the use of set-off in the context of legally aided claimants and the decision in JG v Legal Services Commission.
JBOL v PHE August 2013, Master Rowley Consideration of conduct issues and cost estimates in the context of judicial review claims.
PSA v (1) GDC (2) AB  EWHC 2154 (Admin), Jeremy Baker J. Unduly lenient appeal in respect of a dentist who had practised while infected with Hepatitis B.
R (on the application of John Davies) v Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  EWHC 3282,  EWHC 3707 (costs). Judicial review challenge to the handling of complaints made against two veterinary nurses
Re Paul Briggs  EWCOP 48, Charles J, Instructed by the Legal Aid Agency. The question of whether it was in someone’s best interests to receive artificial nutrition and hydration was an issue to be determined in s.21A MCA 2005 proceedings.
National Aids Trust v NHS Commissioning Board & Local Government Association & anr  EWHC 2005 (Admin),  EWCA Civ 1100. Instructed by LGA. NHSE had power to fund PrEP, an anti-retroviral drug to be used on a preventative basis for those at high risk of contracting HIV.
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT & anr v The Hospital Managers of St George’s Hospital and AU  EWHC 1196, Cranston J. Acted for claimant in a judicial review of a decision by hospital managers to discharge a patient detained under the Mental Health Act. Held that a Trust had capacity to judicially review its own managers.
Re PV  EWCOP 87,  EWHC EWCOP 3707 (Charles J on appeal) and  EWCOP 22 (Senior Judge Lush at first instance). Court of Protection case concerning trusts created for the purpose of administering awards made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. No involvement of the Court of Protection was required in the settlement of such trusts because the award was not ever P’s money. Guidance given by the Court of Protection in dealing with such cases.
Re NK (July 2015, Cobb J). Withdrawal of life saving treatment from a 3 year old with a rare metabolic disorder. Acted on behalf of the family.
A NHS Hospital v M and K  EWHC 2402 (COP) Withholding of CPR and ICU treatment save for reversible conditions
XCC v A  EWHC 2183 (COP) Forced marriage and the inherent jurisdiction to make a declaration of the non-recognition of a marriage.
A Local Authority v H 27 January 2012  EWHC 49 (Fam) Case concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations. Guidance on knowledge required of health risks of sexual relations and additional requirement to that set out in DBC v AB that P understands that he has a choice and may refuse.
R (Buckinghamshire CC) v Kingston upon Thames RBC  EWCA Civ 457 Consideration of the duty of consultation based on fairness or detriment.
D County Council v LS  EWHC 1916 (Fam) Consideration of test of capacity to consent to sexual relations.
R (on the application of Stamford Chamber Of Trade & Commerce) (2) F H Gilman & Co v (1) Secretary Of State For Communities & Local Government (2) South Kesteven District Council 7 April 2009  EWHC 719 (Admin) No duty of public consultation was imposed on a local planning authority, in respect of its decision not to request the saving of a safeguarding policy in the local development plan.
EM (Lebanon) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department (2008) October 2008  UKHL 64 The removal of a Lebanese asylum seeker and her 12-year-old son to Lebanon would give rise to a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.8 given that she would be compelled to transfer custody of her son to his father, who had been violent towards her and who had not seen the son since his birth; removal would so flagrantly violate their art.8 rights as to completely deny or nullify those rights.
R (Johnson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 427 A prisoner serving a determinate sentence would have a right to compensation for a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 Art. 5 (4) if he could establish that there had been an unlawful delay in the consideration of his application for parole.
Gustavo Suarez Ocampo v Secretary of State for the Home Department (CA) 4 October 2006  EWCA Civ 1276 The guidelines in Devaseelan v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2002) UKIAT 702, (2003) Imm AR 1 were relevant to cases where the parties involved were not the same but there was a material overlap of evidence.
R v Police Complaints Commission ex parte Green  1 WLR 72 (CA) The extent of disclosure required by the Human Rights Act in police complaints cases.
R v Bedford Primary Care Trust ex parte Watts (QBD) 21 October 2003  EWHC 2401 (Admin);  Lloyd’s Rep Med 113 A claim for a hip operation carried out in France on the basis of EU law.