Nicola Wainwright > JMW Solicitors LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP

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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


Nicola is a specialist clinical negligence solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the field. She practices exclusively in clinical negligence. She specialises in cases of serious injury, particularly those arising from brain damage caused by birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy, infectious diseases, such as meningitis, TB or HSV, and/or neonatal illness. Nicola also has vast experience in cases arising from surgical errors and delays in diagnosis, for example, of ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis and cancer, and fatal cases.

In 2018 she achieved one of the highest awards of compensation in England and Wales for a case of its’ type for a 9-year-old-girl who was left with permanent brain damage as a result of the misuse of forceps.

Her successful settlements in 2019 include six figure sums of compensation for a man left brain damaged and suffering from epilepsy as a result of negligent sinus surgery and for a lady who suffered permanent spinal injuries. She also successfully concluded a long-running complex case arising from failures in psychiatric care for a client who had been an inpatient in psychiatric units for over 20 years.


Qualified as a solicitor in 1997 after training with Pictons. She specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence at Davies & Partners, Birmingham before joining Leigh Day in 2000, since when she has practised exclusively in clinical negligence. She became a partner at Leigh Day in 2006. Nicola joined JMW Solicitors as a Partner on 1 April 2020 to head up the London office’s clinical negligence team.


  • APIL and Co-ordinator of APIL’s Special Interest Group on Procedure
  • AvMA
  • FOCIS (Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors)
  • Westminster & Holborn Law Society, sits on Pro Bono and CSR Committee.
  • Association of Women Solicitors, London


Accreditation: Nicola is a member of Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and an APIL Senior Litigator.


Publications:  Westlaw’s online encyclopaedia of UK law section on clinical negligence.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s ‘extremely driven’ clinical negligence offering in London was established in 2020 by Nicola Wainwright, formerly of Leigh Day, who now leads the team. The team’s workload involves claims of significant value, some of which have cross-border elements. The matters typically involve complex brain injury in adults and children, birth injury and DNRs; the high profile case of the Crohn’s disease patient at Surrey Hospital who suffered neglect was a standout recent highlight.