Consultant Barrister

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Nichola Higgins of Doughty Street Chambers has an in depth knowledge and experience of corporate crime and regulation, which comes from having defended, investigated and prosecuted some of the most complex and challenging allegations of corruption and fraud, both domestic and overseas, in recent years. Having acted for all sides in this field, Nichola is able to bring a comprehensive perspective, allowing her to ‘get under the skin’ of a case and to provide insightful, tactical advice in relation to every aspect.

Nichola advises companies on their compliance procedures and has unique experience of advising an international corporation engaged in global projects on the practical features of the ‘adequate procedures’ defence under the Bribery Act 2010. She has conducted cross-border investigations for both the prosecution and the defence. Her experience includes advising on sensitive disclosure. She is known for her meticulous preparation, her ability to assimilate large quantities of information and extracting the salient issues.

She is currently instructed as junior counsel for the first defendant in an SFO prosecution of a multi-national engineering company for corporate corruption.

Nichola both lectures and writes regularly on the Bribery Act 2010 and related issues. She is a contributor to Bribery: A compliance handbook, Bloomsbury Professional, 2014 and is a member of the editorial board of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime.

Nichola is an approved advocate for the Serious Fraud Office, B panel, and a fluent Spanish speaker.

Practice Areas

“Able to distil complex legal issues down to the salient points very quickly” Legal 500 (2015), Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations) – leading junior.

Ranked junior, Chambers UK: Crime (2015)

Featured in The Lawyer “Hot 100” (2013): the year’s round up of 100 leading lawyers who are tipped to shape the profession. Click here to read the article.

Featured as a “rising star of the junior Bar”, Legal Week (2012)