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An experienced commercial litigator who practises in insurance, banking, commercial fraud and professional negligence. Sonia recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the EL Trigger Litigation. It concerned liability of EL insurers to pay for asbestos-related disease arising out of exposure many years previously. This is the first time that the highest court had considered the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and provided an important clarification of the law on the construction of contracts, concerning the scope of the admissible factual matrix, the determination of the commercial purpose of a contract and the parameters of custom and practice. She also appeared in the leading case on policy triggers in public liability insurance, Bolton Metropolitan MBC v Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd  1 WLR 1492. Sonia is regularly instructed in disputes arising out of a wide range of covers (eg professional indemnity, business interruption, public liability, EL, litigation protection, property, motor). She also has a high profile for her work in the life and health insurance market. She acts for and against banks in a range of banking and financial services claims including: fairness of standard terms, breach of mandate, bills of exchange, and the obligations imposed by FSMA and POCA. In Titan Steel Wheels v Royal Bank of Scotland  EWHC 211 (Comm) she was instructed in connection with Titan’s appeal against the judgment of David Steel J in a case concerning the fairness of the bank’s standard terms and conditions excluding liability for advice given on a complicated currency swap contract. She appeared again in the Supreme Court in BAI (Run off) Limited (In Scheme of Arrangement) v Durham (and 5 other actions)  UKSC 14, which provided an important clarification of the law on the construction of contracts, concerning the scope of the admissible factual matrix, the determination of the commercial purpose of a contract and the parameters of custom and practice. In the high value professional negligence claim Dennard v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  EWHC 812 (Ch). Sonia, led by Paul Downes QC acted in the alleged negligent undervaluation of a PHI company by £25-£40m; it is the leading recent case on application of band theory to valuers’ negligence claims.
Called 2002; Inner Temple; appointed to Treasury C Panel 2009.
French, German, Russian.
COMBAR; LCLCBA; PNBA; BILA.
Wilsthorpe School, Nottingham; Oriel College, Oxford (1995 MA; 1996 Master of Studies); City University (2000 CPE).
Theatre, Latin dance and music, fitness
Insurance and reinsurance
Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors
Sonia Nolten - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens ‘She provides practical advice, high-level technical expertise and responsiveness.’
Within: Professional negligence – Leading juniors
Sonia Nolten - 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens ‘Her advice – whether oral or in writing – is always clear and concise.’