Nikolas is an insurance litigation lawyer. He has proven expertise defending workplace, general liability and professional indemnity claims, and has particular interest in claims related to agriculture, forestry or other rural sectors.
Nikolas works predominantly with corporate clients, advising on risk and liability issues, and creating pragmatic solutions. He focuses on achieving strong outcomes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Throughout his career, Nikolas has represented employers, businesses facing public liability claims, environmental auditors, surveyors, religious institutions, a country hotel that has been operating since 1886, and an Aboriginal land council in the Northern Territory for a claim relating to the operation of a large aluminium mine. Coming from a country background and with science qualifications, he has a particular interest in rural or remote issues, including crop, forestry and livestock claims.
Nikolas is skilled in resolving disputes before litigation is required but, when necessary, he appears as an advocate in courts and tribunals across Australia—particularly in the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland as well as in the Federal Court.
Nikolas works with a range of private insurers and businesses, including self-insureds. He has also worked closely with government insurance schemes and has experience with overseas insurers and underwriters.
Nikolas holds a Juris Doctor from the Australian National University.
He also has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Burman University in Canada. His research thesis involved beneficial soil sulphur levels in canola crops surrounding natural gas processing plants.
Nikolas has worked as an inspector in the agricultural department of a local council, and the forestry department of the Government of Alberta in Canada. Following graduate studies in law at the Australian National University in Canberra, he was the associate to Justice Mossop (then Master Mossop) in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. He then joined the Statutory Compensation team of Sparke Helmore before a brief departure to another firm. He re-joined Sparke Helmore in mid-2018.
Nikolas enjoys spending time with his family and working (mostly on fences) on their rural home property near Bredbo, New South Wales. He is an avid outdoorsman with a penchant for alpine hiking, navigating and backcountry camping.
Nikolas has been a member of the Civil Litigation Committee of the ACT Law Society since early 2018 and also serves as a director of a local heritage rail museum. He regularly assists with the pro bono Legal Advice Bureau coordinated by the ACT Law Society and has previously represented rural and remote clients through Justice Connect.