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Nicole McKinnon

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Clyde & Co LLP


Nicole is a Legal Director in the professional and financial disputes team at Clyde & Co, London. The primary focus of my practice is defending professionals in professional liability disputes. Her experience includes defending law firms and IT professionals, and their professional indemnity insurers in relation to a wide range of complex, high value and high profile professional liability disputes. Nicole has experience in an array of large-scale commercial litigation claims, including claims in negligence, breach of contract, fraud and breaches of trust. Her particular experience in disputes involving complex issues relating to the protection of legal professional privilege.

In addition to her litigation experience, Nicole advises:

• professionals in relation to investigations brought by regulatory bodies.
• Insurers in relation to a range of insurance coverage issues including cases involving fraud and dishonesty, aggregation issues, failure to make material disclosures and late notification.

Nicole's experience spans across many jurisdictions including the High Court of England and Wales and the Court of Appeal, the Australian Federal Court and the Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales. She also gained experience in arbitration proceedings and mediation. Prior to moving to England, Nicole worked as a commercial litigator in one of Australia’s preeminent law firms.

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

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Nicole McKinnon - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‘richly deserved reputation’, Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘leader in the field of professional negligence’ and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‘excellent and pragmatic’ and it ‘deals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly’. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‘completely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims’. Tom White defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‘technically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case’, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers’ liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who is ‘diligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail’, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody has a ‘proven commercial and technical track record’; Simon Konsta defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who is ‘robust, resolute and good in a fight’, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‘excellent at the technical detail’, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown and of counsel Andrew Forsyth are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford from Gowling WLG, and Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan from Mayer Brown International LLP. Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

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