Lady Justice Nicola Davies

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Lady Justice Nicola Davies was called to the Bar in 1976. She specialised in medical law encompassing clinical negligence, crime, regulatory work and inquiries and acted in a number of notable cases including Sidaway v Board of Governors of the Bethlem Hospital, the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry, Bristol Heart Surgeons Inquiry at the General Medical Council. She also represented Dr Harold Shipman at his criminal trial and Professor Sir Roy Meadow at his professional disciplinary proceedings.

Lady Justice Nicola Davies was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2003, a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division, now King’s Bench Division) in 2010. Between 2014 and 2017 she was Presiding Judge of the Circuit in Wales. She was the first Welsh woman to hold all of these appointments. She is the first Welsh woman to be sworn in as a Lady Justice of Appeal on 10 October 2018. She is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.