Expertise

Nichola specialises in compensation claims for adults and children who have suffered catastrophic injury including spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputation claims. She also pursues professional negligence claims for those who have not been well served by their solicitors.

Nichola assists her clients with accessing the specialised medical and rehabilitative support they need to lead, so far as possible, fully independent lives. Nichola adopts a holistic approach. Whilst her primary concern is to ensure that clients are funded for their immediate and future needs, she always considers the wider financial, emotive and other support that clients and their families require.

Nichola consistently achieves excellent financial settlement awards, securing financial stability for her clients when they need it most.

Recognition

Recent client comments include:

“Nichola was brilliant all the way through. She reassured me and was very quick to respond to me with anything I needed. She tried to help as much as possible, and was excellent … I am thankful to Nichola for what she has achieved for me. I’m pleased I decided to go with Stewarts and Nichola to help with my case, as I feel the outcome would have been different if I’d have gone with another firm.”

“I would like to send you a little message thanking you for all your hard work in making my life better.”

“You have always been on the ball from our very first meeting. It took a weight off my mind. We are extremely happy with what you have done for us.”

“Thank you very much for getting me that compensation, much appreciated and am very happy that the whole claim process has finally come to an end and finally I can move on in my life without the extra stress on me.”

Experience

Nichola is currently acting for a double amputee who was struck by a car whilst assisting a friend to change his tyre, and a young lady who sustained a spinal cord injury following a car accident in which she was a passenger.

Recent settlements include:

Spinal cord injury

The client, who was 28 at the time of the accident, sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in tetraplegia when he fell through an unsecured window during the course of his employment. The claim was settled for a lump sum of £6m and variable periodical payments of £170,000 per year rising to £210,000 per year from the age of 50. The claim was settled on a provisional damages basis in respect of the risk of syringomyelia. Interim payments totalling £1.175m were secured during the claim.

Brain injury

The client, who was 23 when his claim settled, suffered a brain injury in a collision with another vehicle. Expert evidence concluded that he was travelling in excess of the speed limit. Liability was resolved with a 10% deduction for contributory negligence. The claim settled for £1.4m plus annual periodical payments for care and case management of £25,000 per year for the remainder of his life. There was disputed evidence as to whether the client lacked mental capacity to manage his financial affairs. The settlement included provision for future Court of Protection professional fees/professional trustee costs.

Professional negligence

The client suffered a brain injury when she was knocked down by a car whilst crossing a road. Her former solicitors handled her claim negligently, resulting in her claim being struck out of court. Nichola took on the case as a professional negligence claim against the former solicitors, which settled for £325,000.

Career

Nichola qualified as a solicitor in 1996 having read for a degree in Law at UEA Norwich. She attended the University of Law, Guildford for the Legal Practice Course. Nichola joined Stewarts in September 2009 and was promoted to partner in May 2014. Nichola’s previous positions included associate in the catastrophic injury department at Shoosmiths and head of personal injury at Underwoods.

Accreditations and Memberships

Nichola is a member of the following organisations:

  • Limbless Association
  • Hampshire Law Society
  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Trustee for Headway Basingstoke

She holds the following accreditations

  • APIL
  • Law Society Personal Injury panel
  • ISPO (International society for prosthetics and orthotics)

Publications

29 September 2016, Case Managers conference – Ten months on from the new Rehabilitation Code, Serious Injury and Case Managers’ Guide

29 September 2015, Case Managers conference – The Changing face of litigation; how to achieve the expected efficiencies in civil litigation

November 2014, Occupational Therapy Show – What is an Expert?

Case Managers conference November 2017 – A recap on the litigation process from start to finish with the timescales including processes for obtaining interim funds, how involved the case manager should be in aspects of the litigation process etc.

PI Focus – Hot tubbing growing pains evident for concurrent expert evidence – April 2018

Expert evidence – hot tubbing is here to stay – October 2017

Personal

Nichola enjoys cooking and is a self-confessed bookworm. She also enjoys watching films, countryside walks, skiing and horse riding.