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International Regulation and Corporate Crime, Fraud and Business Crime, Civil Fraud, Corporate Investigations
“superhuman ability to soak up dense and complex facts
“very good at preparation – she is excellent at working through huge amounts of material.
“has significant experience of leading a number of key cases.
“Fantastic, very capable, efficient and very good with clients.
The Legal 500 has called Nicola “tenacious and terrier-like’’ while commending her “frightening intellect’’ and “superhuman ability to soak up dense and complex facts’’.
Nicola worked on the firm's successful representation of the CEO in the huge Imperial Consolidated investment fraud prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office. She led the defence team in Britain's biggest mortgage fraud case and regularly defends clients in multi-million pound Proceeds of Crime Act cases.
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 most sizeable pension liberation fraud cases and major global energy sector corruption investigations. 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 very high cost 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.
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