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Her thoroughness and determination to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the case brought about a successful conclusion.  I have been impressed by Leigh Day’s empathy, support and professionalism in a complex case which I found on occasion very upsetting – Phillip Griffiths, client
"Thorough and intelligent in her preparation of complicated cases." – Chambers and partners 2017

Nicola specialises in clinical negligence.

She deals with a wide range of claims involving different types of negligence and injuries, such as delay in diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and failure to diagnose brain tumours, as well as cases arising from negligent early discharge of patients from hospital and intensive care treatment. Nicola has a particular interest in claims related to infectious diseases, such as meningitis, TB or HSV. She has also acted for a number of parents who have lost their children due to negligence, including dealing with the inquests on their behalves.

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence. She joined Leigh Day in 2000, since when she has practised exclusively in clinical negligence. She became a partner in 2006.

Key cases

  • Settling a case for a significant 8-figure sum for a child whose forceps delivery at West Middlesex Hospital left her with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • Securing the future needs of a 16 year old girl whose GP failed to diagnose her meningococcal septicaemia when she was a baby.
  • Obtaining an apology, assurances and compensation following failures in care that led to stillbirth of baby girl.
  • Securing a settlement for a family of an 88-year old woman who died following catastrophic errors at a privately run NHS hospital.
  • Obtaining compensation for a client who suffered a stroke following medical negligence at the Royal London Hospital.
  • Acting for the family of a woman who died whilst under the care of North East London mental health services.
  • Securing significant compensation for a man whose arm was amputated as a result of negligent cancer treatment.
  • Settling a claim against Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for failures that led to the death of baby Ella Harman.
  • Securing compensation for a young woman whose delay in the diagnosis and treatment of her ectopic pregnancy led to the removal of her fallopian tube.

Nicola is a Law Society clinical negligence panel member. She is a member of AVMA (Action against Medical Accidents) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Nicola is former chair and committee member of the London branch of the Association of Women Solicitors.

What clients say about Nicola

"Leigh Day were fully determined to do the best for me with regard to all outcomes, not just financial, yet remained practical at all times, never giving me unrealistic expectations, which is equally important." Mr S

Nicola Wainwright's publications and podcasts

Preparation of an expert is expert preparation Solicitors Journal 8.9.15

NHS versus the lawyers, round two Solicitors Journal 15.7.15

Factual evidence: Is it a level playing field? Solicitors Journal 7.7.15

Pre-Action Protocol for the Resolution of Clinical Disputes April 2014


  • APIL
  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Law Society CN
  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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