Nikki is a senior associate and a specialist construction and insurance lawyer based in Kennedys’ London office. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2015.

Nikki represents and advises construction professionals (including architects, engineers, approved inspectors, contractors and subcontractors), and invariably their insurers, in respect of wide ranging disputes including defective cladding claims, defective design and / or defective workmanship claims and contract disputes, as well as recovery / subrogation claims.

Nikki also advises insurers on policy coverage and declinature disputes, and undertook a secondment in-house at an insurance firm as part of her training.

Nikki is a member of Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and received distinction in the professional indemnity forum examinations.

Work highlights

  • Defending a major engineering and environmental consultancy in respect of an alleged failure to identify the presence of voids during its geo-environmental assessment of a site which later experienced a ground collapse causing significant damage. The case included a valuable TCC judgment summarising the current state of case law regarding tortious duties owed to third parties.
  • Advising on complex coverage disputes for claims in excess of £100m.
  • Defending the cladding subcontractor in multiple litigated multi party cladding disputes concerning a well-known hotelier chain. The claims were due to be the first cladding claims to come to trial in the TCC but were settled out of court. In addition to representing architects and the main contractor in respect of other cladding disputes also in litigation.
  • Defending an engineer in a dispute concerning a contract to design, supply and install doors at a naval base, where the doors subsequently failed and caused significant damage as well as business interruption. Including subrogation of the claim to the specialist subcontractor(s).
  • Representing an insurer in respect of a Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 claim where the insured is in liquidation, concerning allegedly defective concrete flooring.