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Nicola Twine

Called 1999

Nicola joined Parklane Plowden in 2007 from Park Court Chambers (Leeds), where she specialised in both Personal Injury and in Employment Law – which she continues to do, finding the Employment work complements her PI practice well.

"Painstaking and approachable", a "thorough junior who works well with clients."

Legal 500 2010/2011
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Nicola undertakes clinical negligence claims and regularly:

  • Drafts the Particulars of Claim and Schedules of Loss;
  • Advises on quantum;
  • Advises on liability/ merits in a wide range of matters.

She is finding this an increasingly active area of her work profile and has particular experience dealing with:

  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer and other conditions (both life threatening and non);
  • Claims arising from surgical accidents;
  • Erroneous or delayed treatment or diagnosis of orthopaedic injuries;
  • Opthalmalogical negligence;
  • Failed sterilisation and negligence in relation to fertility treatment.
  • Nicola has acted in high value and complex cases and has achieved large settlements in a number of cases she has pleaded and advised on. She accepts clinical negligence work on a CFA basis.
Employment
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Nicola has an extensive practise specialising in Employment Law. She represents both Claimants and Respondents in equal measure and is instructed from a variety of sources, including individuals, small undertakings, regional and nationwide companies and the public sector extending to the Police, Local Authority, NHS and PC Trusts. She has also acted for a number of firms of solicitors in claims brought against them.

She regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal, on matters ranging from application hearings to multi day cases, and she has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on numerous matters also. In recent years a number of her EAT cases have been reported.

Nicola has recently been acting for a consultant clinical academic in a high value case for breach of contract and unlawful deduction of wages. The case has involved multiple preliminary hearings, concerning issues of jurisdiction and limitation.

In addition to representation in tribunals, Nicola:

Undertakes both advisory and drafting work. Nicola drafts and advises on compromise agreements and has been involved in the negotiation, on direct access basis, of terms of settlement on the termination of employment in a number of cases;

Represents parties in employment mediations, both judicial and non judicial;

Has an additional practice in personal injury law, with regular advisory and representation work on employers' liability claims, which complements Nicola’s employment practice.

Nicola is accredited to take instructions on a direct access basis and is happy to do so where cases are suitable for instruction on this basis. In recent years she has seen significant growth in her direct access instructions.

Widely experienced in all areas of employment law, including:

  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • TUPE 
  • Breach of Contract 
  • Restrictive Covenants 
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Victimisation 
  • Redundancy (individual and collective)
  • All areas of discrimination, including: sex, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, and disability.
Insurance
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Nicola Twine is an established credit hire and civil fraud practitioner, with significant experience of cases including: contrived road-traffic collisions, low-velocity-impact (LVI), exaggeration, phantom passengers.

She is regularly instructed to draft pleadings, acting for insurers where fraud is positively alleged as well as in suspicious cases where a robust defence is required, to advise on issues and evidence, conduct interim applications, and to appear at trial (on both fast and multi track cases).

Nicola conducts conferences in order to test the veracity and reliability of evidence of both lay and expert witnesses in cases where fraud is alleged or suspected.

Nicola has experience of obtaining costs against Claimant’s in QOCS cases with finding of fundamental dishonestly and also costs orders against third parties. Most recently (in the matter of Foxcroft v Flaherty & Tesco Underwriting [2015]) Nicola was successful in joining the credit hire company (Accident Exchange Limited) to proceedings and obtaining a third party costs order against them, pursuant to s.51 SCA, for 80% of the costs of the trial.

Nicola accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants. She is accredited under the Direct Professional Access scheme which enables her to receive instructions directly from professional individuals or organisations.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Experienced in all aspects of personal injury litigation. Nicola undertakes work for both Claimants and Defendants, and is largely instructed in multi and fast track work. She has particular experience in the following areas:

Employer’s liability

All aspects of employer’s liability claims. Regularly receives instructions for both Claimants and Defendants. Often instructed on cases involving multiple Defendants. Experience in cases of assault (representing carers and other employees in hospitals and residential settings, as well as employers such as GP practices and NHS trusts defending cases).

Nicola’s knowledge and experience of employment law complements her practise in this area.

Public/ Product, Occupiers’ liability and Highways

Regularly instructed to deal with claims in these fields. Nicola can provide wide ranging advice in relation to all issues of liability and quantum.

Disease and serious injury

Represents in HAVS, WRULDS, and RSI cases.

Regularly deals with chronic pain type cases.

Road Traffic, Motor Insurance and Fraud

Regularly instructed in cases where fraud is alleged or suspected on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Experience extending to: staged and induced accidents, LVI, bogus passengers, and exaggerated claims.

Nicola routinely receives instructions: to test the strength of Defendant driver's evidence in conference, to assess documentary evidence to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to allege fraud, to advise on liability, draft pleadings, and to represent both Claimants and Defendants at trial.

Nicola has been successful in establishing fraud in cases she has pleaded and in obtaining findings of fundamental dishonesty on cases. In addition she has obtained Third Party costs orders in credit hire cases.

MIB

Nicola has experience of bringing claims against the MIB. She has drafted schedules, advised on applications, and drafted submissions appealing interim awards on arbitration.

 

Further, as part of her practice Nicola:

Accepts work on a private and CFA basis;

Has been direct access accredited since 2004;

Undertakes in-house drafting of pleadings and advices for a number of nationwide firms;

Carries out ‘clinic’ sessions at solicitor’s firms advising on wide ranging matters;

Provides lectures and seminars to solicitors and insurer clients

Recommendations
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Recommended in The Legal 500 as: "painstaking and approachable", a "thorough junior who works well with clients'," who "continues to build a good practice early in her call'", and for whom her "employment practice sits well with her work related injury practice." (2010/11) and to have "handled discrimination law cases as well as mainstream matters" (2009/10).

Appointments
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Equality and Diversity Officer for the North Eastern Circuit

Articles & Publications
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Nicola's most recent article- Foxcroft v (1) Flaherty and (2) Tesco Underwriting Ltd, Bradford County Court, 27th June 2016. Please follow the link below to read the full article:

http://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/foxcroft-v-1-flaherty-and-2-tesco-underwriting-ltd-bradford-county-court-27th-june-2016/n284/ 

Lectures
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Nicola has presented seminars on a variety of topics, both in-house at law firms, Local Authorities, and for other organisations. Topics include:

  • Highway cases
  • Personal Injury Updates
  • Disease Protocol
  • Work Related Upper Limb Disorders
  • Discrimination update
  • Harassment in Employment Tribunals
  • Procedure in Employment Tribunals
  • Employment updates and key developments
Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons), University of Exeter

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Bar Pro Bono Unit; AvMA

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