Nicola Heales

Nicola is a Consultant in the Personal and Serious Injury team.

She is a very experienced Personal and Serious Injury solicitor who specialises in severe and catastrophic injury claims, acting for both children and adults for the last 20 years.

She has a particular interest in acquired brain injury, rehabilitation and ‘capacity’ and is a firm believer that the early introduction of rehabilitation assists all parties to bring claims to a satisfactory resolution. Nicola adopts a multi-discipline approach, liaising with the medical team, case managers and the Court of Protection where necessary.

Nicola also acts in claims involving severe sexual abuse, psychiatric injury and professional negligence arising from claims handled unsuccessfully by other lawyers.

Nicola has an MSc in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from the University of Wales, Swansea- the first lawyer to have been awarded this postgraduate degree. Nicola is also a Visiting Lecturer with Birmingham University and the University of Gloucestershire and a Lay Member of the Medical Research and Ethics Committee for Wales and of the Public Health Committee for Wales.

Nicola is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is a Member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), the Spinal Injury Association (SIA), the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM), the Medico-Legal Society (London), the United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum (UK ABIF), the Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWIG) and the British Neuropsychiatry Association, and she is accredited with Headway. Nicola is an APIL-accredited specialist and assessor for brain-injury litigation.

A client describes her as “excellent in every respect,” adding that she is “caring and professional, with an eye for detail.”

Chambers & Partners UK

“Top-class firm” is “one of the very best for personal injury in the South East”, with a team of “specialist lawyers” who provide “great service.”

The Legal 500, UK

Career History:

  • 2015: Consultant, Blaser Mills
  • 2011–2015: Head of Department, Head and Brain Injuries, Brethertons LLP
  • 2009: MSc in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, University of Wales
  • 2008–2011: Consultant, Clarke Willmott Catastrophic Injury Team
  • 2004–2005:  Partner, Guys Claimant Personal Injury
  • 2000–2004:  Partner, Penleys Personal Injury
  • 1996–1999:  Partner, Boyes Turner Personal Injury
  • 1991–1996: Partner, Tayntons Personal Injury
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