NICOLA MCKINNEY

Partner

Before joining Grosvenor Law in 2014, Nicola practised as a barrister for 10 years, regularly appearing in the Chancery Division of the High Court, in the employment and appeals tribunals, and in the Privy Council.

Nicola specialises in complex commercial and cross-jurisdictional disputes, particularly those involving Worldwide Freezing Orders and other forms of injunction; she is regularly instructed in restrictive covenant breach and other High Court employment disputes. Nicola acts in fraud and breach of trust claims, drawing on experience defending in the Crown Courts to advise clients in commercial cases with a criminal aspect.

Nicola’s approach is practical, strategic and detail-oriented; she distils large volumes of information quickly and works closely with clients towards a focussed case plan. Reputational sensitivities are a common feature in many of her cases.

Nicola is also called to the Bar in The Bahamas and has advised in relation to Bahamian law. She studied at Harvard, the LSE and Queen Mary, and speaks Swiss German and French. Nicola is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Employment Law Association.

Her recent cases include:

  • Successfully obtaining the discharge a $3 billion Worldwide Freezing Order on behalf of a private business owner, on grounds of material non-disclosure
  • Acting on behalf of an international private client, defending a multi-jurisdictional $1 billion conspiracy claim
  • Advising a private client in proceedings for an account of profits, relating to historic investments
  • Acting for private clients subject to a $250 million Worldwide Freezing Order, including working with lawyers and advisors in multiple jurisdictions, and successfully navigating a cross examination as to assets
  • Advising respondents in a proposed appeal to the Privy Council by one of the world’s largest spirits companies, in a dispute regarding the use of confidential information
  • Advising a private client and business owner in relation to a criminal investigation in the African oil and gas sector