Nichola is a senior associate in the public sector, abuse and specialist liability Team in London. She is a chartered legal executive with over 25 years’ experience.

Nichola specialises in defending claims brought against the public and care sectors with particular emphasis on abuse - be it physical, sexual, emotional, professional, recent or historic. She also defends claims against the police for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office. Her cases often include allegations under the Human Rights Act.

She is currently defending a number of group claims involving sexual abuse as well multi claimant claims arising from allegations of wrongful arrest during protests.

Nichola also regularly assists clients with inquests following a death alleged to have arisen from abuse or neglect.

Her cases are usually highly sensitive and often attract media attention.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending a very significant and high profile wrongful arrest claim for a police client.
  • Obtaining a favourable settlement on a significant malicious prosecution and malfeasance in public office claim for a police client.
  • Successfully defending several “failure to remove” claims brought on behalf of local authorities in negligence and under the HRA.
  • Representing a large care home provider and defending a claim concerning allegations of systemic abuse.
  • Successfully defending a claim for a local authority involving allegations under the HRA and Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.
  • Successfully representing a local authority at two separate inquests arising from similar facts and avoiding the issue of a Reg 28 report.