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Nina Goolamali QC

Call 1995
Silk 2017

ngqc@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“Supremely intelligent, friendly and approachable”

Chambers UK

“She is commercially astute and my preferred choice for big, complex cases.”

Chambers UK

“Her attention to detail and preparation…is second to none.”

Chambers UK

“She has an impressive level of technical knowledge.”

Legal 500

"One of the most knowledgeable and personable barristers around”

Chambers UK

“She is ridiculously clever”

Chambers UK

"She is quick on her feet and is able to digest large amounts of information quickly and accurately."

Legal 500

"She has unwavering tenacity and determination to get the right result for the client."

Legal 500

Practice Overview

Described as “one of the most knowledgeable and personable barristers around”, who is “supremely intelligent” and “just keeps getting better”, Nina specialises in catastrophic personal injury and sports law.  She took silk in 2017 and is ranked as a Tier 1 Barrister in both Sport and Personal Injury in the Legal 500 2017 and in the New Silk Band in Personal Injury in Chambers & Partners 2018.

Nina is highly regarded as a skilled, commercially astute and sensitive advocate and negotiator on behalf of Defendants in complex multi-million pound cases arising in the context of employer’s liability, public liability and motor/sports disputes in the UK and abroad. She is particularly sought after for her expertise in claims relating to brain injuries (in particular those claims involving minors and subtle brain injuries), para/tetraplegia, fatalities, chronic pain, stress at work, bullying and harassment, product liability and complex disputes brought against a range of educational institutions.

Nina leads the 2TG Sports Team and has been described as a “sports expert”. She is listed as a leading Practitioner in Sport by the Legal 500 and is praised for having “unwavering tenacity and determination to get the right result for the client” andan impressive level of technical knowledge.”

She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Law from King’s College, London and is on the Editorial Board of LawInSport, a leading international online sports law publication. She is the winner of the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award in Sport for 2016.

Her sports practice encompasses injury, regulatory, insurance, commercial and employment contractual matters. She acts for players, teams and national governing bodies in all major sports but is particularly sought after in the field of Motorsport (Formula 1, MotoGP, MotoCross, Speedway & Karting), rugby and football

Nina is a member of the Sport Resolutions UK Pro Bono Legal Service which is made up of lawyers willing to provide pro-bono legal advice and representation to athletes, coaches, team officials, and other individuals appearing before Sport Resolutions and other sport specific tribunals.

She is instructed by all the major Insurers and Claims Handlers including Ageas, AIG, Allianz Cornhill, Amlin, Aviva, Chartis, Chubb, DAS, Ecclesiastical, Faraday, Hiscox, Liberty, Liverpool Victoria, the MIB, Nelson, NFU Mutual, Premier, Riverstone, Travelers, Zenith and Zurich.

Nina is a Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) and an accredited Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple. She is also part of the Inn’s practitioner team which trains new Pupil Supervisors.

Personal Injury

Notable Cases


  • A v B & Ors (2017 – ongoing)
    Multi million pound brain injury claim by a minor. Complex causation, liability & insurance coverage issues arising. Instructed by Keoghs LLP on behalf of the Defendant.
  • L & Ors v French Insurer (2016 – ongoing)
    Multi party injury claim. Disputes relating to extent of enduring neurological and cognitive difficulties of Lead Claimant, recovery of losses under French Law, causation and quantum. Instructed by Pierre Thomas Solicitors on behalf of the Defendant Insurer.
  • D v H (2016 – ongoing)
    Brain injury claim by Adult Claimant. Disputes relating to capacity under the MCA 2005, causation & quantum. Instructed by Langleys Solicitors on behalf of the Defendant.
  • M v S (2016-2017)
    Multi million pound catastrophic injury claim. Disputes relating to medical causation, life expectancy and prognosis. Instructed by Kennedys Solicitors on behalf of the Defendant. Recently compromised.
  • Y v LP & MIB (2013 – 2017)
    Multi million pound personal injury claim by minor.  Major disputes as to cause and extent of alleged neuropsychological deficits and educational difficulties. Instructed by DWP Solicitors on behalf of the MIB.
  • B v A (2016 – ongoing)
    Multi million pound subtle brain injury claim by a minor. Instructed by BLM Law on behalf of the Defendant.
  • W v G & Aviva (2015-2016)
    Traumatic brain injury claim. Complex issues on causation & “borderline” capacity. Instructed by Weightmans on behalf of the Defendant.
  • Dianne Henley v Royal Mail Group, Lawtel, 22.07.16
    Stress at work & Protection from Harassment Act 1997 claim. Claim against the Defendant was dismissed following a 2 day trial in July 2016. Instructed by Weightmans on behalf of the successful Defendant employer.
  • M v A School (2016 – 2017)
    Alleged breaches of Articles 3, 5 and 8 of the Human Rights Act 1988 arising out of pupil’s educational programme at school. Liability & quantum in dispute. Instructed by Kennedys on behalf of the Defendant School.
  • R v C (2014-2017)
    Multi million pound brain injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident. Liability and quantum in dispute. Serious disputes on causation, capacity & care needs. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of the Defendant.
  • K v S (2015 – 2016)
    High value chronic pain claim. Instructed by Browne Jacobson on behalf of the Defendant. Recently compromised.
  • D v B (2016 – ongoing)
    Catastrophic injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident in Austria. Instructed by BLM on behalf of the Defendant.
  • J v B (2015 – 2016)
    Complex chronic pain claim. Recently compromised. Instructed by Browne Jacobson on behalf of the Defendant.
  • Porteous v Merloni (2015 – Ongoing)
    Domestic fire causing serious injury to a minor. Product liability claim raises numerous engineering issues in connection with the cause of the fire and condition of one of the domestic appliances. Liability compromised post mediation. Dispute on causation and quantum ongoing. Instructed by Kennedys on behalf of the Defendant Manufacturer.
  • F v F (2014 – 2016)
    Damages claim arising out of 2 fatalities in air crash off the coast of Barbados. Instructed by Ince & Co on behalf of the Defendant.
  • Buswell v Symes & Motor Insurers Bureau [2015] EWHC 1379 (QB). LTL 15/05/2015
    £1 million plus claim arising out of road traffic accident. Liability only trial before Mr Justice Supperstone. Complicated accident reconstruction issues. Claimant held two thirds to blame for index accident. Instructed by BLM on behalf of the Motor Insurers Bureau.
  • D (a minor) v Norfolk County Council (2014 – 2015)
    3 day liability only trial. Successfully defended the Special Needs School against a high value damages claim made by one of their pupils (who suffered a congenital condition) arising out of an alleged breach of duty on a school trip. Substantial disputes on breach of duty and medical causation. Dismissal of claim upheld on appeal. Instructed by Weightmans LLP on behalf of the School.
  • Ali, Musavir & Jahan (deceased) v Beckford & Motor Insurers Bureau (2014 – 2016)
    Damages claim arising out of 3 fatalities on 10.08.11 during a public disturbance known in the National Press as the Birmingham Riots. Instructed by Weightmans LLP.
  • R v Motor Insurers Bureau (September 2014)
    2 day Untraced Driver Arbitration. Circa £3 million claim. Successfully defended on appeal an arbitration decision on liability in connection with an accident causing the Appellant to sustain catastrophic injuries. Instructed by Weightmans LLP on behalf of the successful Respondent.
  • DXH (a protected party) v X & Motor Insurers Bureau (2012 – July 2014)
    £9.9 million brain injury claim by minor. Substantial dispute as to cause of Claimant’s neurological & neuro-psychological/psychiatric injuries given the range of pre-existing and unrelated behavioural, learning and psychiatric problems. Instructed by Morgan Cole on behalf of the Motor Insurers Bureau. Led William Clerk (of 2TG). Compromised for fraction of pleaded value post mediation.
  • Cridland v Stagecoach (South) Limited. [2014] EWHC 728 (QB)
    High value personal injury claim dismissed following 2 day trial. Instructed by Kennedys Solicitors on behalf of the successful Defendant.
  • T v C (2013 – 2014)
    High value chronic pain claim giving rise to complex issues relating to medical causation and capacity. Instructed by Keoghs LLP on behalf of the Defendant.
  • T v X Construction & Ors (2014 – 2017)
    Serious accident on construction site. Multi party claim raising complex HSE and breach of duty issues. Instructed on behalf of one of the contractors by Weightmans LLP.
  • D v PAVH & Otis Limited (2012 – 2013)
    Personal injury claim arising out of malfunction of a lift. Raised complicated engineering disputes. Instructed by Kennedys on behalf of First Defendant.
  • I v M (2011 – 2013)
    Chronic pain claim pleaded at £1 million plus. Settled for de minimis figure after multiple interlocutory hearings & extensive expert involvement. Instructed on behalf of the Defendants.
  • K v B & TML (2011 – 2013)
    Fatal Accidents Claim in excess of £1 million. Instructed by Ince & Co.
  • H v Motor Insurers Bureau & Anr (2009 – 2012)
    Claim in excess of £3 million raising complicated issues in connection with mental capacity, periodical payments & appropriate care funding and regime. Compromised after multiple interlocutory hearings and 40% discount achieved on liability. Instructed by Browne Jacobson LLP.
  • K v S NHS Trust (2011)
    Successfully defended at trial a high value personal injury claim arising out an assault at work. Instructed by Browne Jacobson LLP on behalf of the NHSLA.
  • P v N County Council (2010)
    Successfully defended at five-day trial a high value personal injury claim arising out of an accident at work. Instructed by Kennedys on behalf of the Defendant School.
  • X v Bon Jovi (2008 – 2010)
    Accident at work giving rise to £1 million plus claim. Compromised after interlocutory hearings for de minimis sum. Instructed by Ince & Co on behalf of the defendant rock group, Bon Jovi.
  • Garth v Grant & Motor Insurers’ Bureau LTL, 17/7/2007 (Hickinbottom J, QBD)
    Multi million pound personal injury claim dealing inter alia with the question of degree of disability caused by morbid obesity, entitlement to provisional damages and the appropriate multiplier to apply under the Ogden tables. Understood to be the first High Court personal injury case litigated under Ogden 6. Instructed by Weightmans LLP on behalf of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
  • Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd v Daw [2007] EWCA Civ 70
    Occupational stress claim. Led by Martin Porter QC. Instructed by Bevan Brittan on behalf of Intel Corporation.
  • Keown v Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust [2006] 1 WLR 953
    Acting for the successful appellant Healthcare Trust in an occupiers’ liability case. Led by Martin Porter QC.
  • Fennelly v Connex South Eastern Ltd [2001] IRLR 39
    Vicarious liability of employer for assault committed by employee.
Sport

Notable Cases


  • Estate of Maria De Villota v Manor GP Racing Limited (2017)
    Litigation arising out of a crash on 03.07.12 whilst Maria de Villota was carrying out testing for Marussia. Litigation now concluded. See joint press release issued by the parties in October 2017. Instructed by Clyde & Co Solicitors on behalf of the Defendant Formula 1 team. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41593817
  • X v Leading Premiership Rugby Club & Ors (2016 – ongoing)
    Claim for damages by former rugby player arising out of alleged concussion injuries sustained during rugby match. Liability and quantum in dispute. Instructed by DWF on behalf of the Premiership Rugby Club.
  • X v Y (2016 – ongoing)
    Claim by professional figure skater for damages arising out of injuries suffered during show. Liability and quantum fully contested. Instructed on behalf of the Defendant skater/company.
  • M v F (2015 – 2016)
    Multi million pound claim arising out of an accident at a MotoCross event. Liability and quantum disputed. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of the track owner. Recently Compromised.
  • F v P & Brecon Judo Academy (2015 – 2016)
    Serious personal injury claim arising out of judo training accident. Claim dismissed following trial in October 2016. Instructed by DWF on behalf of the Defendant Judoka and the Academy.
  • B v MCF & Ors (2015 – 2016)
    Damages claim arising out of accident during Motocross race. Liability and quantum in dispute. Recently compromised. Instructed by BLM on behalf of the Defendants.
  • E v A & Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA) (2015 – 2016)
    High value claim arising out of an accident at a MotoCross event. Substantial dispute on liability. Instructed by BLM on behalf of the Defendants.
  • Hamilton Management Group Limited v Di Resta (2013 – February 2014)
    Acted for Formula 1 driver Paul Di Resta in dispute with former F1 management company, HMG, and Anthony Hamilton (father of Lewis Hamilton). Led by Paul Downes QC. HMG’s claim against Paul Di Resta for wrongful termination of his management contract was dismissed by consent on 7th February 2014 following 11 day trial. Instructed by Wragge & Co Solicitors on behalf of Paul Di Resta.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/
formulaone/10629630/Anthony-Hamilton-has-
regrets-as-Paul-di-Resta-case-is-settled.html

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/
12433/9161094/ex-force-india-driver-paul-di-
resta-and-anthony-hamilton-settle-out-of-court

  • H v X & Anr (2014 – ongoing)
    Multi million pound claim arising out of accident during speedway championship. Liability and quantum in dispute. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of Defendant Circuit.
  • B v GK Limited (2013 – 2016)
    Serious personal injury claim arising out of a karting accident. Raised multiple issues as to circuit safety. Instructed by BLM Solicitors on behalf of the defendant organiser.
  • McKeever v MotorSport Vision, Auto Cycle Union, MCRCB & Ors (2010 – 2013)
    Fully contested catastrophic injury claim arising out of motorcycle racing accident at Cadwell Park. Valued at up to £5 million. Instructed on behalf of the Auto Cycle Union. The Claimant discontinued against all Defendants 3 weeks prior to 10 day High Court trial.
  • C v Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA) (2013 – 2016)
    Contested claim arising out of motocross accident. Raised issues as to course safety and application of AMCA Regulations. Instructed by BLM Solicitors on behalf of the AMCA.
  • N v A School (2012 – 2015)
    Personal injury claim arising out of tackle during rugby match. Raised allegations as to inadequate coaching and mismatching of skill levels.
  • W v Leading Formula 1 Team (2010 – 2011)
    Accident at work claim brought by team employee. Compromised on confidential terms. Instructed by BLM on behalf of Formula 1 Team.
  • B v Leading Premiership Rugby Club (2011)
    Personal injury claim arising out of rugby tackle in league match. Involved issues as to the inferences to be drawn from findings of fact at disciplinary proceedings and a dispute on the quality of the tackle and medical causation. Against Leading Counsel. Instructed by Pierre Thomas Solicitors on behalf of Premiership Rugby Club.
  • W v Leading Premiership Football Club Ltd (2011)
    Personal injury claim arising out of a tackle during a football match. Instructed by Forbes Solicitors on behalf of Defendant Football club.