Consultant Barrister


Nichola Higgins of Matrix 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 first junior for the SFO in a multi-national ecological investment fraud.
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 2021 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.

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Nichola is phenomenally hard-working and fully commits to her cases. Her capacity to find the important points in a case is brilliant to witness” Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations), leading junior 2015-2021.