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Nicola Newbegin

Call: 2008

"She offers superior intellectual ability and attention to detail. She's lovely to work with and good on her feet." "Able to think outside the box, as well as having good technical skills and attention to detail."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"Nicola is incredibly knowledgeable in this particular area of work. She is a very safe pair of hands and no issue is too large for her to deal with. Cases are a real team effort. Her knowledge knows no bounds and she is a perfect choice of counsel to help steer clients through tricky procedural issues."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Nicola specialises in employment, discrimination and professional discipline, as well as undertaking related work in the fields of judicial review, human rights and data protection/privacy.

Nicola appears regularly in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as before the major professional regulators.

Nicola has particular expertise in:

  • High Court breach of contract claims relating to doctors and dentists (eg Smo v Hywel Dda University Health Board, Jain v Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, McMillan v Airedale (CA), Powys v Dusza & Sobhani (CA), Mattu v. Coventry and Warwickshire (CA), Chakrabarty v Ipswich, Dr A v. HTX, R (Puri) v. Bradford; Lim v. Wolverhampton, X v. Surrey and Sussex)
  • Appeals from healthcare regulators (eg Sastry v GMC, GMC v Chandra, Brookman v GMC)
  • Discrimination (eg Anderson v Turning Point Eespro, Gutfreund-Walmsley v Big Lottery Fund Ltd, Carneiro v Chelsea Football Club and Mourinho)
  • Appeals relating to tribunal practice and procedure (eg Tarn v Hughes (EAT), Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Parry (CA))
  • TUPE (eg Boxall v. Innserve, Vaseer v Secretary of State & Ors)
  • Collective unlawful deductions from wages / enhanced redundancy payment claims (eg CSC v McAlinden (CA), Peacocks v Peregrine (EAT))
  • Collective Redundancy Claims (eg TSSA v. Network Rail)
  • Whistleblowing (eg Monro v Barts Health NHS Trust, Dr Prasad v Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust)
  • Unfair dismissal (eg Orphanou v. London Development Agency, Newcastle v Khan (EAT))

Previous Legal Experience
Prior to transferring to the Bar, Nicola trained as a solicitor at Linklaters qualifying into the tax department in January 2003 where she spent five years as a specialist tax litigator. Nicola was involved in bringing cases in both the Tax Tribunals and the High Court. Nicola obtained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate. Nicola has also undertaken voluntary work at two law centres as well as for FRU.

Education
Nicola read Law at Keble College, Oxford. During her time there she won the Keble College Mooting Competition, was runner-up in the Oxford University Law Society Mooting Competition and won the Oxford v Lincoln’s Inn Moot.

Professional Memberships
ILS; ELBA; ELA; ARDL; ALBA

Directory Rankings
Nicola is ranked as a leading individual in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500

Professional Recommendations

 

“Excellent at presenting her client’s case in court. She is tenacious, persuasive and leaves no stone unturned.” “Nicola is incredibly knowledgeable in this particular area of work. She is a very safe pair of hands and no issue is too large for her to deal with. Cases are a real team effort. Her knowledge knows no bounds and she is a perfect choice of counsel to help steer clients through tricky procedural issues.”

The Legal 500 2021

“She offers superior intellectual ability and attention to detail. She’s lovely to work with and good on her feet.” “Able to think outside the box, as well as having good technical skills and attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Exceptionally bright barrister, who is forensic in reviewing and understanding the matter at hand.” “She has astute technical skills and a meticulous eye for detail. “

The Legal 500 2020

“She’s one to watch, an extremely hard-working and very bright practitioner.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“Her tremendous tactical insight really impresses clients.”

The Legal 500 2017

“She is thorough, and her legal knowledge is spot-on.” “She’s very good in a crisis.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Administrative & Public Law

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

HR Professional Support

Data Protection & Information Law


Recent and current work

Key contacts

Paul Adams

Senior Team Leader
Paul Adams 020 7269 0305 adams@oldsquare.co.uk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 jennings@oldsquare.co.uk
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