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Nicola Atkins

Call 2012

"Nicola is an incredibly talented barrister. She is scarily bright and very user-friendly"
(Chambers & Partners, 2023)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Nicola is regularly instructed in insurance disputes and has previously been seconded to the construction and engineering risk department of a leading firm of solicitors.  She has dealt with coverage issues, Third Parties’ rights and disputes over policy wording.   Her recent cases include:

  • Advising insurers on aggregation, exclusion and liability cap clauses in a claim valued at £6 million.
  • Advising PI insurers in respect of the merits of a claim under the 1930 Act involving a successor practice.
  • Advising insurers on the proper construction of a write-back for liabilities that would have arisen in contract/tort (defective premises).
  • Obtaining a strike out of a claim under the 1930 Act (in relation to an underlying PI policy) based on defective pleadings.
  • Acting for motor insurers in a number of cases involving material non-disclosure and misrepresentation.

Selected Cases

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Jules Thorn Scholarship (2011), Middle Temple

Astbury Scholarship (2010)

Middle Temple Exhibition Scholarship (2007)



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  • BPTC, City Law School (2011-2012)
  • Jules Thorne Scholarship, Middle Temple (2011)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (2010-2011)
  • Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple (2010)
  • MA, Legal and Political Theory, UCL (2009-2010)
  • Academic Scholarships, St Catherine’s College, Oxford University (2006-2008)
  • BA (Hons), Modern History, Oxford University (2005-2008)




LCLCBA (Secretary of the Association)



Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction in London (Bar) – Up and Coming

Professional Negligence: Leading Juniors – Tier 4 – ‘Exceptional.’



“A brilliant client manner complemented by in-depth analysis.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Nicola is a calm and measured advocate. Very hands on, willing to roll up her sleeves and super committed to the cause.”

Legal 500, 2024

“She has been active in a lot of big cases, and she’s an absolute Stakhanovite when it comes to taking on work.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Nicola always delivers and goes the extra mile. Her ability to grasp and master complex technical issues is exceptional.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Brilliant with clients and has real expert knowledge of the issues. She stands out for her attention to detail, and she has a 360-degree understanding of the case, so she can anticipate issues before they arise.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“She is exceptional. Nicola is very easy to communicate with and very approachable.”

Legal 500, 2021

“She is exceptional.”

Legal 500, 2020

“She has a phenomenal amount of energy and is a very switched-on junior.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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