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Georgina Nolan

Called 2006


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 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 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 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.

‘ Excellent on her feet, knowledgeable and authoritative. ’

Legal 500 2020
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Areas Of Expertise

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Costs & Litigation
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Abuse Claims
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Personal Injury
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Legal 500 2021 - Tier 1 - She is an excellent advocate and very quick on her feet. She has a firm command of all of the relevant issues and the minutiae of the evidence, which makes for excellent cross-examination. She is also outstanding with clients: empathetic, pragmatic and reassuring.’ 

Legal 500 2020 - Tier 1 - Excellent on her feet, knowledgeable and authoritative. ’ 

Legal 500 2015- "Assimilates the key facts and points of a case very quickly"

Legal 500 2014 - "She is always very well prepared" 


Solicitor Testimonial

"Another great result to add to the list. I travelled back with the witnesses who were most appreciative at the way you made them feel at ease, and they thank you for that."


Notable Cases
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Recent cases

Representing the parents of a baby that died following a negligent ventouse delivery

Representing a care home following the death of a Parkinsons patient who died following an incident of choking.

Representing the family of a man suffering from PTSD who committed suicide following his premature discharge from a psychiatric hospital.

Representing the family of an elderly patient who died following a hospital’s delay in carrying out heart surgery.

Representing a care home following the death of a patient where allegations of widespread neglect were raised against care home staff.

Representing the Ministry of Justice in an inquest where a prisoner died of a brain haemorrhage shortly after he was admitted to custody and allegations of assault were raised against the police and prison service.

Representing the mother of a young man who committed suicide following omissions on the part of community mental health services.

Representing the prison service in an inquest where a young inmate died following an overdose of methadone prescribed by a prison Doctor.

Representing drivers of vehicles alleged to have driven below the standard of reasonable care where such driving has allegedly significantly contributed to death.

Representing the prison service in circumstances where a prisoner died following a failure to administer emergency healthcare.

Personal Injury

Georgina is experienced in dealing with a wide range of personal injury matters for Claimants and Defendants.

She regularly advises on and drafts pleadings relating to employers’, occupiers’ and public liability claims and road traffic collisions as well as civil fraud and costs disputes. She is particularly experienced at matters concerning LVI and staged road traffic accidents and in drafting and advising in matters of personal injury fraud as well as in credit hire litigation and on issues of limitation. She is regularly instructed to advise on stress at work and psychiatric injury claims often including complex issues of causation.

Georgina has significant experience representing both appellants and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in CICA hearings.

Recent cases

Acting for a Claimant in a claim for permanent back injury arising from working conditions.

Representing child Claimants in claims for injuries arising from failure to remove from the family home. 

Advising on behalf of the prison service in respect of a claim for serious psychiatric injury from officers arising from the murder of a prisoner.

Representing the estate of a young child who died following an accident in the school playground.

Representing the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in an appeal pursued by an Appellant who was the victim of long term sexual abuse as a child.

Advising in respect of damages payable to a six year old child who had been physically abused by her child minder and suffered serious injury.

Advising in respect of a claim brought by a child who had suffered catastrophic injuries as a consequence of neglect in the family home.

Representing a Claimant teacher who had suffered serious injury following an assault by a pupil.

Acting for Defendants in claims for Noise Induced Hearing Loss.

Representing a Claimant who had suffered a permanently disabling crush injury at work. 

Press Coverage

Representing the family of a 69 year old man who died during the first robotic mitral valve repair surgery carried out in the UK.

Representing the mother of a 21 year old who died on holiday in New York following his GP’s failure to diagnose and treat Type 2 diabetes.

Acting on behalf of the prison service in an inquest touching upon the death of an inmate at HMP Haverigg who was found to have been assaulted shortly before his death.

Representing the colleague of a metro worker who died having been electrocuted whilst working on overhead lines.

Representing the care home in a case involving a patient who died after ingesting chlorine tablets.

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Attorney General's Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) 2010 -2015, 2015-2021 North Eastern Circuit Junior 2013 -2014 Newcastle Bar Mess Junior 2011-2013

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The curious question of causation: May 2019

Litigation arising from death: a guide: October 2018

Law with lunch: clinical negligence/inquests case law update, February 2019

Clinical negligence case law update: October 2016 

Clinical negligence case law update (August 2016)

Inquests and the Human Rights Act (July 2016)

Clinical negligence case law update 2015 (February 2016)

Personal Injury case law update 2015 (February 2016)

Secondary victims in clinical negligence claims: An illogical approach? (November 2015)

‘Relief from Sanction: A changing emphasis’ (December 2012)

‘Trial tactics’(April 2013)

Personal Details

University of Edinburgh/Georgetown University, Washington DC. (MA Honours Politics and Modern History, Class 2.1); College of Law, York, Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction); Northumbria University, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent, Justis Prize for Best Overall Student on the BVC, Middle Temple Baron Dr Ver Heyden De Lancey Prize)

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