Nicola Atkins




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Year of Call: 2012

 

Nicola joined Chambers in October 2014, having successfully completed her pupillage under the supervision of Paul Stagg, Matthew Chapman and Karen Shuman.  She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, and regularly appears in court for trials, case management hearings and interlocutory applications.

During pupillage Nicola gained experience of a large number of claims brought against public authorities, including civil actions against the police, social services and local education authorities.  She has also been exposed to cases governed by the Rome II Regulation and involving applicable law and jurisdictional disputes.

Since commencing practice Nicola has acted for public authorities, insurers and individuals in Small Claims, Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury matters including Odenbreit claims and those with a foreign law element.  She regularly appears in the County Court in residential landlord and tenant and social housing matters, and in possession claims. 

Nicola is frequently instructed by police forces in civil applications to the Magistrate’s (including for Domestic Violence Protection Orders and under the Proceeds of Crime Act) and in claims brought against the police for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.  She has experience acting for the police in relation to applications for the disclosure of criminal evidence in family proceedings.   

Nicola is also developing her professional negligence practice, and has been instructed in cases involving alleged negligence by solicitors, surveyors, and estate agents and assisted (during pupillage) in claims concerning negligence of trustees and will writers in the context of contentious probate proceedings.  She is experienced in drafting pleadings in clinical negligence matters in both the High Court and the County Court.

Nicola read history at Oxford University, where she was an Exhibitioner.  She subsequently obtained an MA with distinction in Legal and Political Philosophy from University College London.  Nicola completed the GDL with distinction and was awarded the Astbury and Jules Thorn Scholarships by Middle Temple during the GDL and BPTC years.