Nicola is an associate in our Washington office.  She has experience representing States and private parties before international courts and tribunals, including in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, PCA, UNCITRAL and WIPO rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings.  Her experience also includes arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, including assisting the tribunal in the South China Sea (Philippines v. China) arbitration, and proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She appeared as counsel on behalf of the Republic of Vanuatu in ICJ advisory opinion proceedings concerning the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965

Nicola has an active pro bono practice, with a particular interest in environmental law and human rights.  She has attended the international climate change negotiations since 2009, providing pro bono legal support to developing countries and non-state actors.  She recently advised the international NGO, REDRESS, on matters relating to the representation of victims of torture before domestic and international courts and tribunals. Nicola is also the Legal Secretary to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Ethics Commission and provides legal advice on matters relating to the governance of the ITF in accordance with its Code of Ethics.  

She is a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes and the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in International Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings.  In 2018, she was a member of the team that jointly won the Stockholm Treaty Lab (a treaty innovation prize).

Nicola holds degrees from Cambridge (BA, Natural Sciences), Imperial College, London (MSc, Environmental Economics), University of Law, London (LLB) and University College, London (LLM, International Law). She trained at a leading human rights barristers’ chambers and clerked for a prominent arbitrator and former Justice of the UK Supreme Court.  She is admitted to practice as a barrister in England and Wales.