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Overview

Honorary Lecturer in Law - University of Nottingham: 2003

Honorary Professor in Law - University of Nottingham: 2009

President of Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society: 2014

Dominic practises principally in high value and catastrophic personal injury, complex clinical negligence, criminal regulatory and disease claims.  He is particularly sought after for cases involving head or spinal injuries.

He advises upon procedural issues including costs issues and has on many occasions acted for insurers where fraudulent or exaggerated claims have been challenged.  He has an interest in all areas of professional discipline and regulation.

Since taking silk, Dominic has also acted in commercial cases, either alone or with a specialist junior.

He is an Accredited Mediator and has acted as Leading Counsel in mediations in more complex cases.

He prides himself on being approachable and sensitive when dealing with all parties involved in cases that arise under tragic circumstances.

Dominic was awarded Barrister of the Year by the Nottinghamshire Law Society in 2013.

Interests away from the Bar include family, friends, music, cycling and National Hunt racing.

Personal Injury

Dominic has an extensive practice in claims of the highest value arising from fatal or catastrophic injury, particularly brain or spinal injury acting for both Claimants and Defendants in such cases.  He has acted for many years for the major employer's liability and public liability insurers, self insured plc's and public authorities.

He has conducted numerous high value cases involving detailed reconstruction following road traffic accidents.

He has experience in product liability claims and has also acted in many cases of alleged workplace bullying.

Dominic is regularly invited to address seminars and conferences of specialists upon current and developing issues in personal injury law.

Clinical Negligence

Dominic has acted for over twenty years in cases arising from alleged clinical negligence, particularly in those where issues of breach of duty and causation are complex.

He has substantial experience of cases involving hospital medicine, surgery and general medical practice.  He has particular experience of claims concerning brain or spinal injury.

He is particularly adept at securing the best possible outcome for his clients at joint settlement meetings.

Criminal Regulatory

Dominic has advised upon pleas, tactics and evidence and has conducted cases in numerous Health and Safety prosecutions including:

  • Mitigation for a large Plc after a fatal accident in a steelworks;
  • Mitigation for a large Plc after a serious accident at a coal storage facility at a power station;
  • Defending in the prosecution of a hotel following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease said to have caused the death of a resident;
  • An early case under Regulation 13 of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 against a rail operator after a serious injury caused during construction of a footbridge;
  • Defending a large Plc arising from a fatal injury at a quarry;
  • Acting on behalf of the Defendants in a prosecution arising from poor quality of asbestos removal from a site with significant public access;
  • Advising a large Plc regarding a potential prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and/or Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and/or Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 after a fatal fall;
  • Defending a theme park operator in a prosecution following fatal fall from ride;
  • Defending a public authority in a prosecution following death of child struck by reversing refuse truck;
  • Defending a large company in a prosecution arising from poor legionnella control in cooling towers.

Disease

Dominic has for many years acted in claims arising from industrial disease, particularly where said to be caused by asbestos exposure or from use of hand held vibrating tools.

He was Leading Counsel for the Appellant in the mesothelioma case of McDonald v National Grid, heard in the Supreme Court in 2014.

With Michael Beloff QC he was Leading Counsel for the Lead Appellant in the deafness test cases considered by the Supreme Court in 2010 (Baker v Quantum Clothing).

He has substantial experience in dealing with claims arising from the fatal acquisition of legionnaire’s disease.

He has frequently advised and acted in cases where complex issues of breach of duty, causation and apportionment of loss arise.

He has appeared in very high value cases alleging stress or bullying at work.

He has also acted in substantial claims by employers’ liability insurers to recover from contractors and others a contribution to liabilities to injured claimants or their widows.

Counter Fraud

Through having a very large personal injury and clinical negligence practice Dominic has acquired substantial experience of dealing with claims involving allegations of fabrication or gross exaggeration of claimed injury and disability.

He has extensive experience in advising as to the proper procedural, strategic and tactical steps to be taken by Defendants subject to such claims.

Notable Cases

Dominic has appeared in a range of notable cases including:

McDonald v Department for Communities and Local Government & National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc [2013] EWCA Civ 1346 (the applicability of the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 to factories not engaged in the manufacture of asbestos products and the statutory duty owed under s 47 Factories Act 1937)

Wright v Cambridge Medical Group Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 669; Times 21st June 2011 (issues of extent of primary duty, causation and remoteness in delayed medical referral)

Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd [2011] UKSC 17; [2011] 1 W.L.R. 1003; [2011] 4 All E.R. 223; [2011] I.C.R. 523 (deafness test cases in Supreme Court)

Spencer v Wincanton Holdings Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1404; [2010] P.I.Q.R. P8 (remoteness of damage where second accident for which Claimant at least partly to blame)

Brookes v South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive [2005] EWCA Civ 452 (date of knowledge for HAVS risk for “ordinary employer”)

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for Dominic include:

“He is highly rated for his expertise in particularly complex and high-value catastrophic work for Claimants.  He is also known for his ability in a range of defendant work, including claims with an element of fraud. ‘He's always extremely thorough.  He has a good eye for detail and is good with the clients.  He's very able in large-loss claims.’”

Chambers and Partners 2014 – Personal Injury (Band1)

“Dominic Nolan QC of Ropewalk Chambers is commended by clients, solicitors and judges alike.  He has built up particular expertise in spinal injury cases, as well as matters where there are complex aspects of causation involved.  ‘He is held in high regard, and is polite and straightforward.  He is good at dealing with the heavyweight stuff.’”

Chambers and Partners 2014 – Clinical Negligence

“Ropewalk Chambers Dominic Nolan QC has ‘an excellent reputation’ in the field.”

Legal 500 2014 – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

“A ‘brilliant advocate’ who is ‘fantastic with clients and excellent on his feet.’  He has a broad practice, of which personal injury claims are a key element.  He focuses on high-value cases, and represents both Claimants and Defendants.’”

Chambers and Partners 2013 – Personal Injury (Band 1)

“He is a veteran clinical negligence practitioner, who is noted for his expertise in severe spinal injury claims.”

Chambers and Partners 2013 – Clinical Negligence (Band 1)

“He is known for his defence work in health and safety prosecutions, and also carries out mitigation for companies following serious accidents.  One peer said that ‘when you get him you know the case is going to be nicely dealt with.  He takes the good points and isn't offensive to deal with.’”

Chambers and Partners 2013 – Health and Safety (Band 1)

“A charming advocate with a good courtroom presence.”

Chambers and Partners 2012 – Personal Injury (Band 1 - Named as one of the two “Star Individuals” in Personal Injury work on the Midland Circuit:)

“A leading clinical negligence silk who deftly handles complex cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2012 – Clinical Negligence (Band 1)

Has extensive experience of defending private companies and public organisations against HSE prosecutions”.

Chambers and Partners 2012 – Health and Safety (Band 1)

“A thoroughbred advocate.”

Chambers and Partners 2011 – Personal Injury (Band 1)

“Very polished in court, but also an excellent negotiator out of it.”

Chambers and Partners 2011 – Clinical Negligence (Band 1)

Has a multifaceted practice that draws on his experience of catastrophic injury, gross negligence and asbestosis claims.  He has many supporters in the market.”

Chambers and Partners 2011 – Health and Safety (Band 1)

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Criminal Regulatory
  • Disease
  • Counter Fraud
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Recommendations: Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners

    Dominic Nolan QC has been ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2014 for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. For the Chambers' Bar commentary please click here

    Dominic has also been recommended as a Leading Silk for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence in the 2015 Legal 500. For more details please click here

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