"Enjoys a growing reputation."
The Chambers UK Guide
"An absolute first-rate solicitor."
The Chambers UK Guide
Nicola has risen to prominence in legal circles through her outstanding expertise in fraud, civil recovery and business crime and her experience of leading some of the UK's most important, contentious and demanding cases.
She has a reputation for leading the most involved and sizeable commercial and financial disputes and a recognised track record regarding cases involving the financial services markets. Nicola’s expertise in devising preventative measures and in conducting internal investigations has led to her being in demand as an advisor to corporates and large organisations.
She has been praised by The Chambers UK Guide for her diligence and skill at working through huge amounts of material. Her ability to excel on the most complex cases has led to it repeatedly highlighting her as one of the best in her field. Chambers has described Nicola as “excellent’’ and “an absolute first-rate solicitor’’. Its 2022 edition calls her “rock-solid, knowledgeable and a canny case supervisor who can be trusted with cases of any complexity’’. It adds “Nicola analyses and understands the issues and works tirelessly for clients to get the results they want.’’
The Legal 500 has called Nicola “tenacious’’, “a litigator of high calibre’’ with “frightening intellect’’ and has said she is “never fazed no matter how complex the case.’’ The Legal 500’s 2022 edition highlights her as one of the very best in her field, which it has done for a number of years.
Her specialities include investment fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption cases. She is heavily involved in multinational investigations into investment frauds that span continents and involve a wide variety of commodities and securities, ranging from conservation-related products to forex.
Her caseload includes some of the UK’s largest pension liberation fraud and mortgage fraud investigations, the biggest investment fraud prosecutions, multi-million pound Proceeds of Crime Act cases and major global energy sector corruption investigations involving international agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office. It also includes cases that require extensive knowledge of deferred prosecution agreements (DPA’s) as well as investigations into large-scale fraud and bribery allegations in a wide variety of countries.
She has led teams on some of the most notable fraud cases and defended clients in actions brought by the European Commission’s anti-fraud body OLAF over alleged improper use of EU funds.
Her expertise, attention to detail and ability to rapidly and accurately assess the most detailed and difficult circumstances has led to her being in increasing demand to conduct internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients. Her judgement in such investigations has proved invaluable in helping clients identify and remove a problem with minimal financial and reputational damage.
The Legal 500 2022
Nicola Sharp explains why a large drop in money laundering penalties does not tell the full story
Penalties imposed for money laundering failings in the first half of 2021 were down 40% on the same period last year. But Nicola Sharp wrote a piece explaining why it would be wrong to place too much emphasis on the latest figures.
Lawyer Monthly - September 2021READ MORE
Nicola Sharp of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli welcomes Europe’s proposed Anti-Money Laundering Authority
The European Commission is set to take the first decisive steps towards creating a new anti-money-laundering authority.
July 2021READ MORE
Norway’s authorities have fined the country’s largest bank millions for money laundering shortcomings
Nicola Sharp of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli sees the case as the latest high-profile reminder of the need for compliance.
May 2021READ MORE
Nicola Sharp on unexplained wealth orders not proving to be the success many expected them to be
Nicola Sharp argues that unexplained wealth orders have failed to live up to the hype.
GRC World Forums - May 2021READ MORE
With a call being made to blacklist some of the biggest auditing firms, Nicola Sharp of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli considers the argument for such action.
An advisory service is calling on company shareholders to blacklist a number of large audit firms because they are not doing enough to identify and tackle corporate fraud.
April 2021READ MORE
WEBINAR: Account Freezing Orders and High Court Civil Recovery Criminal Practice in a Civil Age
Account freezing orders under scrutiny in a Rahman Ravelli and Doughty Street hosted civil recovery webinar By Nicola Sharp All aspects of account freezing orders and High Court civil recovery will be analysed in an upcoming Rahman Ravelli and Doughty Street hosted webinar.
10 December 2020
Class Actions and Data Protection
Nicola Sharp outlines the issues at the centre of a long-running data protection case.
November 2021READ MORE
Technical breach of a freezing order
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli details a case that assessed the use of a court’s time and resources in relation to a technical breach of an order
October 2021READ MORE
European Union law, tax offences and subsequent money laundering
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli details a case that confirms EU law cannot stop those guilty of tax offences being prosecuted for laundering the proceeds.
September 2021READ MORE
The UK’s AML-CTF Consultation
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli details the UK’s review of its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime.
September 2021READ MORE
Business Crime 2021
For the third successive year, Rahman Ravelli has provided an expert chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Aziz Rahman and legal directors Syed Rahman and Nicola Sharp wrote the chapter, “The Business Crime Landscape’’.
Business Crime 2020
For the second consecutive year, Rahman Ravelli has written an expert chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Aziz Rahman and legal directors Syed Rahman and Nicola Sharp wrote the chapter, “The Business Crime Landscape’’.READ MORE
Business Crime 2019
Rahman Ravelli has provided an expert chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Aziz Rahman and legal director Nicola Sharp wrote the chapter, “The Business Crime Landscape’’.
Nicola is known for her fraud, civil recovery and business crime expertise, her experience of leading the largest financial disputes and multinational investigations and her skills in devising preventative measures and conducting internal investigations for corporates.