Top public law and regulatory solicitor joins TLT as partner to grow its national regulatory team

December 12, 2022

TLT, the Bristol-headquartered national law firm, has appointed public law and regulatory specialist Nicola Mead-Batten as partner.

Nicola, pictured, joins the firm’s UK-wide regulatory team as part its strategic plans to expand this practice area. 

Recognised as one of the top lawyers in her field, she was recently ranked as a ‘leading individual’ for litigation and public law by the respected Legal 500 directory and ranked in Band 1 for administrative and public law (Wales).

TLT said Nicola brought considerable experience in representing and advising public-sector regulatory bodies on some of the most complex and high-profile cases in the UK.

She arrives from Capital Law in Cardiff, which she joined more than seven years ago as an associate, becoming a partner in its disputes team, heading its public law and regulatory practice.

Prior to that she spent the first nine years of her career at Baker McKenzie, undertaking a range of commercial disputes including public law, media and regulatory matters, as well as contractual/tortious disputes, fraud, pensions litigation and cases in the London Court of International Arbitration/International Court of Arbitration.

She has represented the British Medical Association and Gambling Commission in high-profile, complex judicial reviews and has acted as a trusted adviser to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and UK Anti-Doping Agency.

At TLT she will be working closely with the firm’s other public law teams, supporting on public inquiries work as well as with TLT’s data privacy and cybersecurity team led by Gareth Oldale.

She will continue her work as a key adviser to regulatory bodies on governance, investigations, judicial review and associated challenges to regulators’ powers.

TLT partner and commercial regulatory practice head Kerry Gwyther said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Nicola to our team during what is a significant period of growth for the firm and our public sector work.

“Nicola’s regulatory experience advising public sector organisations will be incredibly valuable to the firm, to our ambitions to grow this area of practice, and to strengthen the service we are offering clients working in this space.

“As the UK heads into a challenging time in terms of economic growth, we will no doubt see a rise in demand for regulatory and disputes work. With the addition of Nicola to the team, TLT will be in the best position to prepare clients for what comes next.”

Nicola added: “I’m excited to join the team at TLT and getting to work with a wide range of public sector organisations. I’m especially looking forward to working with different teams and providing guidance and support on some of the complexities and nuances of our regulatory work.

“I’m also a huge advocate of ED&I [equality, diversity and inclusion] and was very impressed and inspired by the incredible progress TLT has made in this area with the launch of its flexible approach to working and commitment to creating a people-first culture.”

 TLT employs round 1,200 people across six offices, including Bristol.

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