EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
Nicola advises and acts on behalf of insurers in the management and defence of claims against professionals engaged in the construction, civil, structural, chemical, metallurgical and mechanical engineering, property management, valuation, accounting, financial advisory, scientific, environmental, architecture, project management and health fields.
She also advises on and defends medical treatment claims against medical practitioners and public hospitals.
Nicola advises on and defends personal injury claims ranging from small to catastrophic injuries, general liability claims and business interruption claims.
She has acted in professional disciplinary matters in the health sphere, which involved assessment of and advice on evidence and merits of complaints and breaches of professional standards and the preparation and conduct of disciplinary proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal.
Nicola has advised on, defended and resolved claims arising from exposure to asbestos resulting in lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Nicola provides timely, concise and constructive advice on claims management and the implementation of appropriate strategies to achieve early satisfactory cost effective resolution of claims.
Nicola is skilled in making informed objective and realistic assessments about the merits of a matter.
Nicola works effectively with experts in a variety of fields to obtain the required expertise and advice to address complex or technical matters impacting directly on claims.
Nicola believes strongly in the benefits of alternative dispute resolution for her clients and actively engages in negotiations, both formally and informally, to further the interests of her clients in achieving early and cost effective outcomes.
Nicola believes that thorough preparation provides the foundation for a good result. She has a firm and persuasive negotiation style and works to achieve an outcome in respect of each matter that best reflects the assessment of risk, the merits of the matter, and the interests of and commercial realities faced by her clients.
Nicola works to establish professional and courteous working relationships with all stakeholders. Accordingly she is able to communicate effectively, which promotes positive and constructive engagement directed at resolution.