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Nina Unthank

Call 2001

nunthank@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Practice Overview

Nina specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence law.

Nina is a skilled advocate in court and tribunal, known for her sharp, detailed and effective cross examination in trial and persuasive style during interim applications. She is also praised for her excellent drafting of pleadings and quick turnaround of paperwork. In addition, she is known for her sound and practical advice.

Clinical Negligence

Nina is a specialist clinical negligence barrister. She has considerable experience of dealing with high value, complex issues involving breach of duty (including consent), causation and quantum in an array of clinical negligence claims.

She acts for and against doctors, surgeons, nurses, midwives, optometrists and dentists.

She is instructed by the MDU and by the NHSR both as junior counsel and in her own right.

Nina’s practice combines advocacy, drafting and advisory work including joint settlement meetings and mediations.

Nina also gained experience of the Professional Conduct Committees of the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council whilst a pupil with her pupil mistress Sarah Vaughan Jones QC.

Current and Recent Work

 

  • Defending an NHS Trust in a 3 -week trial arising out of an alleged failure to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome, led by Michael de Navarro QC (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising out of an alleged failure to provide reasonable antibiotic therapy following surgery resulting in meningitis and significant brain injury, led by Michael de Navarro QC (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising out of an alleged failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising out of the alleged negligent performance of an open sigmoid colectomy procedure (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising from an allegedly negligently performed hip replacement (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising from an alleged failure to diagnose and treat lung cancer (2019)
  • Representing a GP and NHS Trust in a claim arising from a delayed diagnosis of caecal cancer (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim for lingual nerve damage arising from an allegedly negligent extraction of a wisdom tooth (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising from hypoxic brain injury that the Claimant suffered after undergoing a Whipple’s procedure (2019)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a 6 day trial in a claim for alleged HHE Syndrome in a child arising out of delayed treatment of an epileptic fit, led by Michael de Navarro QC (2018)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in relation to a claim for the alleged failure to diagnose bowel cancer (2018)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising out of an alleged unnecessary and inappropriate ERCP procedure causing perforation (2018)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising of the alleged delay in prescribing bisphosphonates to the Claimant who suffered from osteoporosis (2018)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in a claim arising from an attempted laparoscopic cholecystectomy for the removal of the Claimant’s gallbladder (2018)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in relation to a claim for brain damage in a child arising out of an alleged failure to diagnose and treat meningitis (2018)
  • Defending a GP in relation to the failure to diagnose and refer an infant presenting with hip pathology (2018)
  • Representing a GP at an inquest following the death of an infant (2018)
  • Representing a GP at an inquest following the suicide of a patient (2018)
  • Defending numerous NHS Trusts in relation to claims arising out of the alleged failure to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome (2017)
  • Defending two NHS Trusts in relation to claims arising out of the alleged failure to diagnose and treat necrotising fasciitis (2017)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in relation to a claim for the alleged failure to diagnose and treat intestinal malrotation in an infant (2017)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in relation to a claim arising out of the failure to timeously diagnose and treat age related macular degeneration (2017)
  • Defending an NHS Trust in relation to a claim arising out of the alleged failure to appropriately advise, obtain consent and treat Fuch’s corneal dystrophy (2017)
  • Defending an Optician and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon out of an alleged failure to appropriately, advise, obtain consent and perform wavefront intralase LASIK surgery (2017)
  • Junior Counsel instructed by the MDU in a multi-million pound claim, led by Caroline Harrison QC, arising out of the prescription of anti- epileptic drugs (2017)
Personal Injury

Nina is a specialist personal injury barrister with a busy practice combing advocacy, drafting and advisory work. She is experienced in handling complex high value cases (regularly in excess of £1 million).

She has vast experience of claims arising out of road traffic accidents, in particular, involving the MIB and suspected fraudulent claims.

She also specialises in the field of employer’s liability, in particular, involving accidents at work, industrial disease and occupational health, including mesothelioma, deafness, repetitive strain injury, chronic pain, CRPS, stress and harassment.

Nina is also a specialist in claims arising out of accidents on the highway, occupiers’ liability and defective premises. Further, she has considerable expertise in claims arising out of sporting activities including trampolining, ice- skating, skiing, inflatable banana rides, water parks and football.

Nina is a regular trial advocate and appears in applications involving all aspects of civil procedure, including cost budgeting, relief from sanctions, disclosure, expert evidence, strike out, setting aside default judgments, limitation, costs and resiling from admissions.

Nina also represents her clients at mediation and joint settlement meetings. Her work also includes CRU appeals and inquests.

Nina is well known for her ability to draft robust pleadings and for her pragmatic advice.

Nina is a regular author of the New Law Journal’s personal injury update. In addition, Nina speaks at personal injury seminars, her recent topics have included fraudulent motor claims, exaggeration and malingering in personal injury claims, limitation and the effect of insolvency on personal injury claims.

Current and Recent Work

 

  • Defending an organisation in relation to a claim arising out of an accident occurring on an inflatable water ride (2019)
  • Defending a company in relation to a claim arising from an alleged fall down some stairs. The case involved issues of fundamental dishonesty (2019)
  • Defending an occupier in relation to a slipping claim as a result of which the Claimant allegedly suffered significant injuries. The case involved issues of fundamental dishonesty supported by surveillance evidence (2019)
  • Defending a driver in a road traffic accident. The case involved issues of fundamental dishonesty (2019)
  • Representing a Claimant in a claim arising out of a road traffic accident which involved consideration of complex issues including fraud, the application of Cameron (Respondent) v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd (Appellant) [2019] UKSC 6 and the MIB’s Untraced Drivers’ Agreement 2003 (2019)
  • Representing a Claimant in an oral arbitration under the MIB’s Untraced Drivers’ Agreement (2019)
  • Advising a Claimant in relation to an industrial disease claim arising out of asbestos exposure (2019)
  • Defending a courier company in relation to road traffic accident where the Claimant allegedly suffered significant injuries. The case involved issues of fundamental dishonesty supported by surveillance evidence (2018).
  • Defending an employer in relation to a claim where the Claimant claimed to have suffered significant injury following an accident at work. The case involved issues of fundamental dishonesty (2018).
  • Defending an employer in relation to a high value claim for chronic pain and psychiatric damage arising out of an accident at work (2017)
  • Defending an employer in a 3 day multi track claim arising out of a manual handling accident in its factory (2017)
  • Defending an occupier in relation to an accident during which a visitor was electrocuted on premises over which he had control (2017)
  • Defending the MIB in a high value 4 day multi track claim under the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement involving a major brain injury suffered as a result of a road traffic accident (2016)
  • Defending a care home in a claim arising out of an attack on a support worker by a severely autistic service user (2016)
  • Defending an employer in relation to an accident which occurred during a ‘human table football match’ on an ‘away day’ (2016)
  • Defending a night club in relation to a tripping accident on its premises (2016)
  • Defending a care home in a high value claim for chronic pain syndrome and psychiatric damage arising from an attack by a service user on an employee (2015)
  • Representing a Claimant motorcyclist who sustained severe spinal injuries in a road traffic accident (2015)
  • Representing a shop keeper in relation to a dog attack on its premises (2015)
  • Defending a well-known leisure centre in a claim arising from a skiing accident on an indoor snow ski slope (2015)
  • Defending a number of multi-claimant claims arising out of fraudulent road traffic accidents (2015)
  • Defending a well-known leisure centre in 3 consolidated claims arising from ice-skating accidents on an ice rink (2014)
  • Defending a bread distribution factory in 2 consolidated claims for repetitive strain injury as a result of a ‘put to light’ system (2014)
  • Representing a music venue in a claim arising from a stage diving incident (2014)
  • Defending an employer in a large value stress at work and harassment claim (2014)
  • Lengthy inquest into the death of a company director and team leader who was killed in a gas explosion whilst undertaking a pressure test on a large gas installation project (2013)
  • Numerous inquests arising out of road traffic accidents (2001- present)