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UK Bar Guide 2023

Ranked in 3 Practice Areas
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Property Damage
10 Years Ranked
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Insurance
10 Years Ranked

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Provided by Sonia Nolten

UK Bar

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Sonia is an “outstanding advocate” and “fluid cross-examiner” who is both “ferociously bright” and “first-rate with clients, and unafraid of addressing the thorny issues in a straightforward, effective yet sympathetic manner.” She is an experienced commercial dispute practitioner specialising in insurance, professional negligence and property damage (all areas for which she has for many years been recommended in the directories).

As an experienced senior junior, Sonia is equally at home whether leading or performing her role in a team, acting as advocate and negotiator, and advising clients on sensitive issues and tough tactical decisions. Her focus is always on helping clients to identify and achieve their best commercial, professional and personal outcomes, both in and beyond litigation.

Sonia has been involved in a succession of high-profile cases, up to and including the Supreme Court.

Over the years she has litigated damage claims of all kinds including domestic and commercial fires, explosions, floods, collapses, subsidence, landslips, and claims involving arson and defective design, products and working methods. She has developed a significant practice in nuisances arising from the spread of fire, escape of dangerous substances, and those involving loss of amenity, business interruption and financial loss. She has litigated many damage claims with a real property element, such as interference with easements, trespass and reinstatement/insurance issues between landlord and tenant.

Her insurance practice includes coverage issues (especially under CAR, public liability, PI and products policies), policy construction, fraudulent/exaggerated claims, with a particular expertise in life/health insurance. Professional negligence is usually related to her other fields of expertise and comprises claims against insurance brokers, legal professionals and construction professionals. She has a wide-ranging commercial dispute resolution practice encompassing contractual construction, misrepresentation and shareholder disputes.

Sonia is a Barrister Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple, and Chair and Senior Bench Auditor of the Inn’s Finance Committee. In this role she has oversight of the finances of all 9 of the Inn’s departments. She has also served on the Inn’s Executive Committee for more than a decade, acquiring considerable experience of the corporate governance of an organisation which is both a large members’ association and a commercial landlord in the City of London.

She is a mentor for students from non-traditional backgrounds through the Social Mobility Foundation, and has written on law and policy issues for a think tank.

Career

MA Oxon, First Class, Oriel College Oxford. Awarded Major Scholarship in 2001 and 2002 (Inner Temple). Called to the Bar in 2002. Tenant at 2TG since 2003. Treasury Panel of Counsel 2009-13. Master of the Bench, Inner Temple, 2019.

Professional Memberships

LCLCBA, PNBA, TECBAR, Health Claims Forum.

Chambers Review

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UK Bar

Property Damage - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Sonia Nolten
Sonia Nolten possesses deep experience in insurance and property damage, which she brings to bear on a wide range of claims, including those concerning fire and water damage to residential and commercial property. She is also an expert on construction disputes and is known for her ability when handling complex liability issues.


Insurance - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

Sonia Nolten
Sonia Nolten maintains a strong insurance practice dominated by work in the life and health spheres. Her wide-ranging capabilities also extend to property damage cases and she is further experienced in handling insurance disputes relating to fraud.


Professional Negligence - London (Bar)
4
Band 4

Sonia Nolten
Sonia Nolten is an insurance-focused barrister with a substantial professional negligence practice. Aside from her activity in the TCC, she has also built a reputation in claims involving insurance brokers, solicitors and barristers. She often acts unled.

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