Georgina Nolan

Called 2006

Georgina is an impressive advocate, and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody. A reassuring yet authoritative presence in the court.

Legal 500 2022

About

 

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. She also sits as an Assistant Coroner in Newcastle and North Tyneside and North and South Northumberland.

Areas of Expertise

Accolades

Georgina has many years of experience in costs work and is frequently instructed to attend CCMCs and detailed assessment hearings. She is well versed in costs arguments, particularly those involving the application of the QOCS regime, in detailed and summary assessments of costs and in applications for interim payments particularly those involving complex and novel arguments of law.

Georgina has experience of representing victims of criminal injury and abuse suffered in family homes and foster care as well as failure to remove cases in negligence and Human Rights Act claims. Her previous experience in family law has equipped her particularly well to understand the framework for and sensitive nature of such work and the legal difficulties that commonly arise in such claims.

Georgina has a wealth of experience in defending road traffic accident claims involving allegations of fraud, induced accidents, phantom passengers, low velocity impact collisions, credit hire fraud and exaggerated loss cases.  She has extensive experience of defending fraudulent claims arising from accidents at work and holiday sickness. She has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty and strike outs and is well versed in arguments over QOCS and section 57 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. She is experienced in contempt of court (committal) proceedings.  As a former criminal (crown court) barrister Georgina has a particular talent for rigorous and robust cross examination.

Georgina is the joint head of chambers’ inquests and inquiries team. Rated Tier 1 as a Leading Junior for Inquests and Inquiries by Legal 500 she is described as ‘an impressive advocate and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody’. She is regularly instructed by government departments, major insurers, commercial organisations and families in Article 2, high profile, long running and complex inquests arising from deaths in prison and police custody and those in hospitals and mental health units involving allegations of medical mistreatment. Georgina sits as an Assistant Coroner in Newcastle and Northumberland. She is direct access qualified.

 

Georgina has many years of experience working for insurance companies in personal injury, credit hire, costs and inquests work. She has particular expertise in defending claims involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty in both fast and multi-track cases. She also has experience in committal proceedings. A former criminal (crown court) barrister, she is known for her tenacious and effective cross examination and advocacy style.

Georgina has fifteen years’ experience in personal injury law including in road traffic, employers’ and public liability claims both at first instance and on appeal.  She has particular expertise in high value claims including those involving stress at work, psychiatric injury (including arguments over primary and secondary victims) and fatal accidents as well as in claims involving complex medical evidence and causation arguments and those involving technical legal issues or defences. She is often instructed in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty and fraud including low impact, staged, exaggerated and fictitious accidents and in committal proceedings.

Chambers & Partners 2022 - Band 2 (Inquests & Inquiries) 'She has an amazing client manner in stressful and traumatic circumstances.' 'She is a very respected barrister whose work is very impressive.'

Legal 500 2022 - Tier 1 (Inquests & Inquiries) 'Georgina is an impressive advocate, and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody. A reassuring authoritative presence in court.'

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."

 
Inquests
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.

Assistant Coroner for Newcastle and North Tyneside and North and South Northumberland.

Attorney General's Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) 2010 -2015, 2015-2021, 2021-2025.

North Eastern Circuit Junior 2013 -2014

Newcastle Bar Mess Junior 2011-2013

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)

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)