Overview

Nicola is an Associate in the firm's dispute resolution team and specialises in transport, strategic safety and transport technology and intelligent mobility.

Nicola has in-depth transport sector experience across rail, road and integrated transport issues. Her experience includes advising transport clients in relation to contractual, regulatory, compliance, safety issues and disputes. She also has commercial litigation experience advising clients from various sectors on commercial and contractual issues arising out of the supply of goods and services.

Nicola is closely involved in the development of legal solutions for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

She also has experience in-house with Direct Rail Services where she was sole legal counsel providing commercial and transactional advice to the business.

Nicola co-authored the RAC Foundation Report 'A Highways Accident Investigation Branch - What Lessons can we learned from the Rail Industry and the Cullen Inquiry?'. Subsequent to this report, the RAC Foundation received funding from the Department for Transport to run a pilot on highways accident data analysis.

Experience
  • Advising a Passenger Operator in relation to contractual issues arising out of a multi-modal agreement.
  • Advising transport entities on emerging legislation, regulation and compliance for example the Passenger Rights Regulation.
  • Advising clients in relation to historic asbestos risk and strategic safety and environmental considerations.
  • Working as part of the CAPRI and ROBOPILOT consortiums in relation to changes to the regulatory regime needed for the deployment of autonomous pods and vehicles on pavements and roads. Working as part of the team advising on regulatory and liability regimes relating to Intelligent Transport Solutions and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
  • Part of the team advising Transport for Wales and Welsh Ministers on the vertically-integrated £5 billion franchise of the Wales and Border Rail Services and South Wales metro.
  • Advising an entrepreneurial client in relation to a commercial agency claim.
  • Advising in relation to a High Court breach of contract claim with regulatory and insurance issues.