Nicola was an Associate at Maddocks before coming to the Bar where she practised extensively in the local government, planning and environment field.
As a solicitor, Nicola regularly appeared at VCAT in relation to merits appeals, declaration applications, and enforcement order and contempt proceedings.
Nicola also had the carriage of appeals from VCAT to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to questions of law arising from planning matters.In 2007, Nicola was seconded to the Department of Sustainability and Environment to prosecute summary and indictable wildlife, forestry, and environmental offences and matters on behalf of Heritage Victoria and in her final year at Maddocks Nicola was seconded to Yarra City Council as in-house counsel.
On her admission, Nicola worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Qld) and in the Advocacy Unit at Crown Law. Nicola also gained commercial litigation experience at a specialist property and litigation firm before joining Maddocks in 2005.
Nicola currently practises in the local government, planning and environment field. She also appears in liquor licensing matters and at the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation.
Nicola lectures in health and environment law at Swinburne University and teaches statutory planning at RMIT.
Nicola is currently acting as junior counsel for Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria, the CFA volunteer firefighters representative association, in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.