Jennifer Nicholson-White

Year of Call: 2013

07812 645131
jennifer.nicholson@advocates.org.uk

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She offers clear and focussed advice to clients and presents cases well in court. She is very personable, making her extremely easy to work with, yet is prepared to stick to her guns where appropriate and goes above and beyond for all clients

Legal 500 UK Bar Guide 2023

Acting for both pursuers and defenders in a wide range of personal injury litigation, Jenny Nicholson-White has a particular interest and expertise in clinical negligence and is ranked as leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Her recent work includes complex cases involving brain injury in road traffic accidents, birth injury cases including cerebral palsy, amputations as a result of alleged clinical negligence, defending GPs in cases involving allegedly negligent loss of sight in a young man and loss of hearing in a young woman respectively, acting for families seeking damages for the loss of a loved one due to alleged negligence, acting for insurers to defend claims under the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011, representing dentists before Interim Orders Committees in advance of Fitness to Practice Hearings, acting for families in secondary victim claims arising out of alleged clinical negligence, representing nurses as instructed for the RCN, representing the SPS and Forestry and Land Scotland as instructed by the Scottish Government and acting for health boards in defence of various allegations of surgical error and delayed diagnosis.

In January 2022, Jenny was appointed a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government. In that capacity, she has acquired further experience in public law and been instructed in several cases raised in the Lands Tribunal of Scotland. In both the UK and Scottish Covid-19 Public Inquiries she is one of six junior Counsel, led by Geoff Mitchell K.C. representing the Scottish Ministers.

In August 2021, Jenny was appointed an ad hoc Advocate Depute and has experience in that capacity of prosecuting serious sexual offending in the High Court.

Jenny was shortlisted for Scottish Junior Advocate of the Year 2020 by the Legal 500

What the Legal Directories say about Jenny

Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Band 2 Leading Junior

A stand-out junior counsel in the field of personal injury and medical negligence. Her attention to detail is unrivalled. She is a persuasive advocate and is always one you would prefer to have in your corner. She is effective in court and in negotiation.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2024

Clinical Negligence – Scotland (Bar)
Band 3

Jennifer Nicholson-White is a highly regarded clinical negligence junior who has a burgeoning reputation within this area. She acts for both pursuers and defenders in a range of complex medical negligence matters. Her work covers incorrect and failure to diagnose claims, birth injury claims and negligence resulting in amputation.

Strengths
Jennifer has an excellent manner with clients, and an ability to break down complex matters in a way that provides clarity and understanding.”

She is a very experienced advocate. Jennifer has great attention to detail and legal knowledge.”

Jennifer is very thorough and gives clear advice. She executes written work well and her drafting is meticulous and Jennifer presents well in court.

Personal Injury – Scotland (Bar)
Band 3

Jennifer Nicholson-White has a varied personal injury practice and regularly acts for both defenders and pursuers. She is noted for her expertise in claims arising from accidents at work or on the road.

Strengths
Jennifer demonstrates an intelligent and hard-working ethos and is a very effective advocate.”

“Jennifer is a very experienced junior counsel. She is a very good litigator but able to provide advice to clients in a clear and compassionate manner.”

Medical/Clinical Negligence Law

Widdowson v Liberty Insurance NHS Grampian NHS Highland [2021] CSOH 15
Acted as junior counsel (to Michael Stuart QC) for the insurers of a deceased driver who had caused an accident, on New Year’s day, striking another vehicle and injuring a passenger within. The injured man was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital, admitted overnight but discharged the next day. The following evening he was admitted to Raigmore hospital where he was operated on several days later but died on 11 January. 

The insurers of the driver who caused the accident and the health boards responsible for the hospitals admitted negligence and liability to pay damaged to the deceased’s family. Quantum of the claim was agreed. The case went to Proof to determine the issue of the appointment between the defenders. The Court apportioned liability at 70:15:15 on the basis that the blameworthiness and causative potency of the driver’s actions were significantly greater than the negligent doctors. Although there were opportunities to save the deceased’s life after the accident, the driver had inflicted the injuries which ultimately, untreated, proved fatal. 

The case underlines that the exercise of apportionment involves assessing the relative blameworthiness and causative potency of each defender on the particular facts and circumstances of the specific case. However, the Court made a notable distinction between “the significant difference between the driver’s positive act on the one hand and the omissions, well intended, of the medical professionals in the context of a complex decision-making process on the other. 

The case is important because, whilst it illustrates that each case depends on its own particular facts and circumstances, it also reinforces a general principle consistent with other case law namely that “failing to take positive action that would have saved someone’s life [is] not the same as committing an act that caused death.”  Thompson v Toorenburgh (1973) 50 DLR.

The Court also held that expert evidence about the extent and quality of a departure from standard practice by medical professionals was not admissible (Kennedy v Cordia [2016] UKSC 6 applied).

Hughes v Turning Point Scotland [2019] CSOH 42
Acted as junior counsel for the pursuers (to Lauren Sutherland QC) who were family of deceased alcoholic who died whilst accessing help with detoxify from alcohol. Pursuers unsuccessful. Court held that although Turning Point had assumed some responsibility for the deceased, their actions did not amount to a breach of their duty of care.

Karen Boyle v West Calder Medical Practice [2019] SC Edin 71

Acted as junior counsel for the pursuer (to Una Doherty QC) in the first medical negligence case to run to Proof in ASPIC. Pursuer unsuccessful. Court held the GP had not been negligent to fail to suspect Cushings Disease.

George Andrews v GGHB[2019] CSOH 31
Acted as junior counsel for the pursuer (to Andrew Young QC) before Lord Pentland in 2 week proof. Pursuer successful. Awarded damages for clinical negligence of hospital doctor who didn’t admit seriously ill patient who then died.

Lamb v Wray 2014 S.L.T. (Sh Ct), S.C.L.R. 303, G.W.D. 40-765 
Successfully represented the defender in an action for damages arising out of alleged clinical negligence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Administrative Law (including judicial review)

SB v Edinburgh City Council [2015] CSOH 120  
Petition for judicial review presented in the instance of a father against a local authority concerning decisions the local authority took in respect of where 2 children should reside in their best interests. Junior counsel with Ailsa Carmichael QC.

SB v Edinburgh City Council [2015] CSIH 84 
Successfully representing the respondents before the Inner House without Senior Counsel.

Personal Injury

Linda Henderson v Kongsberg [2022] ABE-PD50-19
In this case where the pursuer seeks damages arising out of harassment and bullying at work, the defenders took the case to debate arguing it should be dismissed on the grounds of lack of specification and irrelevancy.

The Court refused to dismiss the action on either the statutory case under Section 8 of the Protection from Harrassment Act 1997 or the common law case.

In relation to the statutory case, the Court was satisfied that none of the 3 questions identified by the Inner House in Marinello v City of Edinburgh Council 2011 SC 736) could be answered in the negative without enquiry into the facts and it could not therefore be said that the case was irrelevant.

So far as the common law case was concerned, the Court found, taking the pursuer’s case at its highest on the pleadings, it was reasonably foreseeable that the pursuer would suffer a psychiatric injury as a reaction to the pressures in the workplace, in particular the bullying complained of.

Fenrir Thorvaldsen v Dundee City Council [2021] CSOH 120
Acted for the successful defenders in this Court of Session action where an employee sued his employers for over £280,000 following an accident at work. Liability for a wooden partition falling and striking the pursuer on the head, rendering him briefly unconscious, had been admitted at an early stage in the proceedings. The defenders’ case was that the pursuer’s injuries were limited to a minor head injury and associated post-concussive symptoms, all which resolved within, at most, 7 weeks. The pursuer claimed that his symptoms have never resolved, that he suffers from debilitating headaches and an exacerbation of his poor mental health as a result of the accident. The Court agreed with the defenders that the pursuer had suffered a minor head injury and post-concussion syndrome lasting, at most, 7 weeks. Damages were restricted to solatium for a minor head injury and services totaling £5,250 plus interest.

SD v Graham’s Dairies [2016] CSOH 151
Successfully represented the pursuer as Junior Counsel with Robert Milligan QC at the Court of Session. The case is significant having regard to the Court’s interpretation of the phrase “living with the injured person as husband or wife” in the context of section 13(1)(b) of the Administration of Justice Act 1982 and the consequent award for s8 services.

Waton’s Executor v Greater Glasgow Health Board 2016 G.W.D. 22-392

Successfully represented the pursuer as Junior Counsel at Debate in the Court of Session where the defenders sought dismissal. The Court held that he pursuer’s averments were not lacking in specification nor were they irrelevant. The defenders had overstretched the plea of lack of specification.

Fatal Accident Inquiry

FAI into the Death of Christina Anne Wilson
Inquiry regarding death in a Care Home. No fault found. For the Heath Board.

Property

Thomas Chalmers v Diageo Scotland Ltd [2023] CSOH 43, [2024] CSIH 2

For the successful pursuer and respondent at procedural roll debate then Inner House appeal, at which Court found the pursuers’ case, that ethanol emanating from the defenders’ bonded warehouses constitutes a nuisance by stimulating the growth of black fungus and causing unsightly staining on the pursuers’ property, sufficiently relevant and specific to proceed to Proof.

Family Law

SB v Edinburgh City Council [2015] CSOH 120 
Petition for judicial review presented in the instance of a father against a local authority concerning decisions the local authority took in respect of where 2 children should reside in their best interests. Junior counsel with Ailsa Carmichael QC.

SB v Edinburgh City Council [2015] CSIH 84
Successfully representing the respondents before the Inner House without Senior Counsel.

Practice Areas
Clerks

Contact our clerks

Normal business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

ampersandclerks@advocates.org.uk
+44 (0)131 260 5674 (9am to 5pm)

Alan Moffat

Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Jennifer Dunn

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

(working days Mondays to Thursdays)

Working Remotely

Sheena Hume

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working Remotely

Shawn McArthur

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working Remotely

Kathryn Ferguson

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Emma Busby

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office
Memberships
  • Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government (2022 – present)
  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute to the Crown Office (August 2021 – present)
  • Faculty of Advocates Reparation Sub-Committee
Court And Tribunal Experience

Court of Session (Outer and Inner House), All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court, various Sheriff Courts in Scotland

Publications
  • Respect revived – A review of the Court of Appeal decision holding a “Do not resuscitate” notice in conflict with ECHR article 8, and its impact on policy in Scotland – Law Society of Scotland Journal online.
  • “Duty of candour in clinical negligence litigation” by Kay Springham QC and Jennifer Nicholson-White: Reparation Bulletin, Rep. B. 2022, 165, 6-8. April 2022.