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Nina Goolamali QC

Call 1995
Silk 2017

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“An exceptional leading counsel”

Chambers and Partners

“Effective negotiator, team player, knows a case inside out, great with clients.”

Legal 500

“Supremely intelligent, friendly and approachable”

Chambers and Partners

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

Chambers and Partners

“One of the most knowledgeable and personable barristers around, she’s ridiculously clever.”

Chambers and Partners

Practice Overview

Described as “an exceptional leading counsel” and “one of the most knowledgeable and personable barristers around”, Nina specialises in catastrophic personal injury and sports law and is ranked as a Leading Silk in both practice areas by Legal 500 & Chambers & Partners, 2020.

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

Nina leads the 2TG Sports Law team and acts for players, teams and national governing bodies in all major sports in particular Motorsport (Formula 1, MotoGP, MotoCross, Speedway & Karting), rugby and football. Described as having “an impressive level of technical knowledge” she is regularly instructed in press sensitive sports cases where Claimants are seeking significant damages by establishing a new duty and/or standard of care.

She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Law from King’s College, London, is on the Editorial Board of LawInSport, a leading international online sports law publication and is a member of the Sport Resolutions UK Pro Bono Legal Service. In 2019, she was appointed as an FA Rule K Panel Arbitrator.

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

Nina is a long standing Director of Bar Mutual indemnity Fund and an accredited Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple.

Personal Injury

Notable Cases

  • F v D & Anr (2019-Ongoing)
    Multi million pound brain injury claim. Complex medical causation issues arising in connection with post accident clinical treatment and development of further injuries. Set down for causation trial in February 2020. Instructed by DWF on behalf of Defendant.
  • W v P (2019 – Ongoing)
    DAI claim giving rise to disputes in relation to capacity, causation & quantum. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of the Defendant.
  • A v B & Ors (Ongoing)
    Multi million pound brain injury claim by a minor. Multiple disputes arising out of parental duty of care, causation, liability & insurance coverage. Instructed by Keoghs LLP on behalf of one of the Defendants.
  • P v International Commercial Bank (2018)
    Multi million pound stress at work claim by bank employee. Multiple disputes relating to foreseeability, causation and apportionment of loss. Instructed by Kennedys LLP on behalf of the Defendant bank. Recently compromised on confidential terms.
  • L & Ors v French Insurer (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 (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.
  • O v S (2018)
    Multi million pound brain injury case. Complex clinical disputes about mental capacity, causation and whether claim met the threshold for provisional damages. Recently compromised. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft on behalf of the Defendant.
  • B v A (Ongoing)
    Multi million pound subtle brain injury claim by a minor. Instructed by BLM Law on behalf of the Defendant.
  • M v A School (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.
  • W v G & Aviva (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.

Notable Cases

  • X v Y & Ors (2019-Ongoing)
    Multi million pound dispute arising out of football transfer & subsequent fatality. Instructed in relation to tortious claims arising.
  • M v A National Football Association & Ors (2018-Ongoing)
    Multi million pound injury claim by footballer arising out a tackle in national football match. Liability disputes include duty and standard of care issues. Quantum and causation also fully contested. Instructed on behalf of the Football Association.
  • 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.
  • W v Leading Premiership Rugby Club & Ors (Ongoing)
    Instructed by DWF on behalf of the Defendant Premiership Rugby Club in a case brought by the Claimant, a former professional rugby player, for damages arising out of alleged negligent management in relation to concussion injuries suffered during a rugby match. Believed to be 1st claim of this kind in the UK following on from the class-action concussion case brought by more than 4,500 former NFL players in the USA. Liability and quantum are fully disputed. Long running litigation.
  • P v X  (2018 – Ongoing)
    Claim by Professional Motocross rider against Sports Governing Body and Event Organiser/Promotor alleging multiple breaches of duty arising out of the layout and organisation of the course and standard of care of services provided by course staff and contractors at national motocross event. Instructed by BLM.
  • X v Y (Ongoing)
    Damages claim by professional figure skater. Liability and quantum fully contested. Instructed on behalf of the Defendant skater/company by Weightmans LLP.
  • H v S & C (2018)
    Multi million pound claim by high profile Speedway rider alleging multiple breaches of duty arising out of allegedly unsafe circuit. Seeking to impose heightened standard of care on governing body and organisers. Long running litigation recently resulted in discontinuance after multiple hearings over 2 year period. Instructed by DAC Beachcroft.
  • F v P & Brecon Judo Academy (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.
  • Hamilton Management Group Limited v Paul Di Resta  (2014)
    Junior Counsel for Formula 1 driver Paul Di Resta in dispute with former F1 management company, HMG, and Anthony Hamilton (father of Lewis Hamilton). 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.