Our Expertise

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Simon Wilkinson

<p style="text-align: justify;">Simon is a specialist Family (children) and Court of Protection barrister. In 2020 he was appointed to be a Recorder sitting in the Family Court on the North Eastern Circuit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon prides himself on ensuring that he builds a good rapport with clients whilst giving firm and frank advice. He is keen to be approachable to lay and professional clients alike and has established a reputation for his forensic approach - focussing on the key issues in the case in order to achieve the best results possible, whether in advice, negotiations with other parties or presenting a case in court.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon has been recommended in both Chambers &amp; Partners and the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for both his Family and Court of Protection work. He has a keen interest in cases involving a crossover between the two jurisdictions and a particular grasp of issues surrounding children and young people and deprivation of liberty, regularly being instructed to represent children and local authorities in cases in the High Court invoking the inherent jurisdiction or where there is a cross-over between the Family Court and the Court of Protection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He is happy to get involved in cases from the outset and advise on case management issues at the start of a case. At final hearings he ensures that he thoroughly prepared with a good grasp of the evidence at his fingertips.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon has had multiple articles published in Jordan's Family Law Journal (the publication of record for family practitioners) and in 2022 joined the editorial team of Butterworths Family Law Service (published by LexisNexis UK).</p>

Jim Hester

<span lang="EN-US">Jim specialises exclusively in Personal Injury work.  A large part of his practice is dedicated to Industrial Disease whilst also maintaining </span>a very busy Employer's Liability practice. Jim focusses on providing timely, practical expertise in all cases he is instructed in, and enjoys working with solicitors to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. Jim acts in all areas of Personal Injury work including niche fields such as: accidents involving military personnel (whether caused as a result of their service or in other settings) drawing upon his 10-years experience as a Major in the Royal Marines Commandos prior to joining the Bar; and in relation to accidents which take place at sea. Jim's previous military service and resulting practical experience are invaluable when assessing the merits of any case he is instructed in. <span lang="EN-US">He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel and is regularly instructed to advise and appear on behalf of public bodies particularly in relation to Industrial Disease and military matters.</span> Jim is the co-ordinator of Chambers' Industrial Disease Group, and so can be contacted regarding any opportunities for training or assistance that instructing solicitors may wish to discuss. Jim also maintains an <a href="https://jimhester.me" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Industrial Disease website</a> - providing updates relevant to Industrial Disease practitioners, as well as articles of interest and a library of useful documents. Jim has been working 'paperless' for many years and so welcomes receiving papers via electronic means. <span lang="EN-US">Outside of Chambers, Jim is kept busy by a young family, triathlon training, having completed three 'Ironman' triathlons and a very enthusiastic black labrador - Chief.</span>

Georgina Nolan

Georgina was called to the bar in 2006 having previously worked as a ministerial press officer in the Cabinet Office and United States House of Representatives. She undertook a common law pupillage at Dere Street Chambers (Newcastle) and in her early years of practice undertook a wide range of crime and prison law as well as family, employment and civil work. Georgina joined Parklane Plowden Chambers in 2011. She now specialises in personal injury and inquest work. She is rated Tier 1 by Legal 500 for inquest and inquiry work and 'A' panel counsel by the Attorney-General. Georgina is the joint head of chambers’ inquests and inquiries team. She is described by the <em>Legal 500</em> as ‘an impressive advocate and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody’ Georgina has particularly wide ranging experience in claims against public authorities and in Article 2 inquests particularly those inquests involving deaths in custody and deaths arising from medical negligence as well as those where there is significant media attention. She is regularly instructed to advise and appear on behalf of families, public bodies and commercial organisations in long running and high profile inquests. Georgina undertakes a wide range of personal injury work including claims arising from accidents and stress at work, road traffic collision and fatal accidents act claims. She has extensive experience in preparing pleadings for, advising on and attending at fraud and contempt of court trials.  She is often instructed in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty including low velocity impact, staged, exaggerated and fictitious accidents. Georgina is a former clinical negligence lawyer, she also has experience of representing victims of criminal injury and victims of abuse suffered in family homes and foster care as well as failure to remove cases. Georgina has experience of appearing in a wide range of tribunals including the Coroner's Court, County Court, Administrative Court, Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. She has considerable experience of multi track and fast track trials as well as interlocutory and costs applications, JSMs and mediations. Georgina is public access qualified. She is accredited by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple as an approved advocacy trainer and is a former Junior of the North Eastern circuit. She also sits as an Assistant Coroner in Newcastle and North Tyneside and North and South Northumberland.