"She’s excellent. She’s great at identifying the real issues."
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 "dedicated and thorough", “exceptionally good’’, “excellent’’ and “an absolute first-rate solicitor’’. Its most recent edition highlights her growing reputation and her great way with clients.
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 2021 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 Chambers UK Guide 2021
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
Raids have been carried out in relation to a car leasing operation that is under SFO investigation
Nicola Sharp, of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli, sees significance in the involvement of the National Economic Crime Centre.
April 2021READ MORE
Partner Nicola Sharp assesses the first four years of unexplained wealth orders for Security Matters
As it is four years since unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) were introduced in the Criminal Finances Act 2017, Rahman Ravelli’s Nicola Sharp assessed their impact so far.
Security Matters - April 2021READ MORE
Nicola Sharp writes for Expert Witness about Law Commission proposals for changing the POCA regime
The Law Commission’s proposals for reforming Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) were detailed by Nicola Sharp for The Expert Witness.
Expert Witness - March 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
GPT Corruption in Saudi Arabia
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli summarises events that led to the Airbus subsidiary paying millions for wrongdoing in securing a contract.
May 2021READ MORE
The Use of Norwich Pharmacal Orders in Tackling Art Fraud and Theft
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli outlines a case that illustrates the circumstances when an NPO can be granted.
April 2021READ MORE
The FCA’s latest efforts to curb market abuse
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli considers the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent approaches to ensuring market integrity
March 2021READ MORE
Technological Analysis in Fraud Cases
Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli considers a case where technology played a key role in obtaining a summary judgement.
March 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’’.
Specialist Areas of Practice: International Regulation and Corporate Crime, Fraud and Business Crime, Civil Fraud, Corporate Investigations