Jennifer Nicholson

Year of Call: 2013

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Her ability to get up to speed quickly and turn high quality work around in short timescales is impressive. She has very good negotiation skills and is extremely persuasive in Court

Since calling to the Bar Jenny has developed a successful civil practice with a primary focus on clinical negligence and personal injury reparation. She regularly appears in Court and provides written opinions for both pursuers and defenders (predominantly insurers and health boards). She mainly appears in the Court of Session and the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court in Edinburgh but also has experience of appearing in various sheriff courts within Scotland.

Jenny has an LLB honours degree with a particular emphasis in medico-legal problems and ethics, from Glasgow University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Edinburgh University. She also has advanced qualifications in forensic medicine. Jenny is extremely committed to her cases, diligent and approachable with good negotiation skills. Having 16 years’ experience of appearing in Court in a wide range of cases, her strong advocacy skills are persuasive and adaptable. She is able to assimilate detailed information within short timescales. Jenny is an active member of the Faculty’s reparation sub-committee and Ampersand’s charity committee.

Prior to calling to the Bar in 2013, Jenny was an Associate at a large commercial firm in Edinburgh acquiring solid experience within the field of commercial litigation, in particular complex contractual disputes, having been part of the legal team involved in preparing the case of Tullis Russell v Inveresk. She trained in Edinburgh with a firm specialising in criminal and family law and appeared in the sheriff court several times a week for almost 4 years in a wide range of proceedings, including criminal trials, debates, children’s referral proofs, child welfare hearings, fatal accident inquiries, for and in defence of interim interdicts. She has experience of addressing a jury in a criminal trial. As Counsel she recently appeared, without Senior Counsel, in the Inner House to represent a local authority (respondent in a petition for judicial review) and for the pursuer in an 8 day proof at Paisley sheriff court. She was Junior Counsel in the case of SD v Grahams’ Dairies [2016] CSOH 151 which case was significant in 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. She has been actively involved as Junior Counsel in the drafting stage of the mesh litigation for pursuers.

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