Jack Nicholls (1991)


Year of call 1991

Areas of practice PI / Clinical Negligence / Inquests, Insurance, Direct Access

“The service provided by Jack Nicholls is first rate”


Jack specialises in complex and high value personal injury and clinical negligence cases with a particular focus on rail claims. He acts for many train operating companies including claims for collision damage, level crossing accidents and bridge strikes as well as for injuries. He also acts in cases associated with his main areas of practice, such as Health and Safety prosecutions and professional negligence claims. He represents claimants and defendants in multi-track claims in the County Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.

He is experienced at representing families and other interested persons at inquests. He has a straightforward but empathetic approach and is often instructed in any legal claims which arise out of the inquest conclusion (for example for clinical negligence).

Jack’s clear and considered advice and effective advocacy means that he is often re-instructed by solicitors. He is approachable and supportive, and is frequently sought out to provide a sounding board or second opinion in particularly difficult matters. Solicitors say "he is awesome and tackles complex issues like cutting cake".

Jack specialises in personal injury and fatal accident claims, predominantly employers' liability and public liability, and in particular construction and building site claims.

He has a particular specialism in public transport, logistics and railway claims, ranging from burn injuries caused by a passing steam train, to injury caused when a Formula 1 driver ran over the ‘lollipop man’ to fatal collisions at sea; pursuing recovery claims for collision damage to trains; bridge strikes and ‘Schedule 8’ claims. Jack has detailed knowledge of CAHA and proceedings before the Rail Industry Dispute Resolution (RIDR) Committee (now subject to mediation). He also has extensive experience of CRU appeals.

Jack also deals with other public transport passenger claims, e.g. buses, and road traffic claims in particular low velocity collisions; staged accidents and other fraudulent claims; claims where there is an allegation of fundamental dishonesty and MIB claims his extensive experience in the criminal courts at the beginning of his career providing valuable insight and technique.

Jack is Panel Counsel to a major chain of fast food restaurants in relation to employers' and public liability claims.

Jack has a wealth of experience in representing families and other interested persons at inquests. Inquests are extremely stressful for the families involved, and Jack is able to clearly explain the process and the relevant law in order to put parties at ease as far as possible.

Jack often goes on to advise on the legal implications of the findings of an inquest – such as whether there is a potential clinical negligence liability – and to represent parties in that case. He is very good at building and maintaining effective working relationships in cases which might go on for a long period of time. 

Jack acts in clinical negligence cases for claimants dealing with cases ranging from unwarranted discectomy and synthetic disc replacement, to post-surgical infertility to complications arising from gender reassignment. He is experienced in analysing and understanding complex medical information in cases which are often very document heavy. He is also skilled at analysing expert reports and in cross-examining experts in an effective manner.

To instruct Jack, please contact Greg Piner


  • Certificate de Langue Francais (Elementaire III 1er degre), University Libre de la Cote D'Azur
  • B.A. (Hons) University of Durham


  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • French