Nicola is a senior associate in the Washington, DC office. Her experience includes international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and proceedings before the International Court of Justice.

Nicola’s experience includes:

  • Representing a US financial investor, Elliott Associates, in an investment treaty dispute brought under UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a major State corruption scandal in Korea
  • Defending an energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration filed by an African state under a power purchase agreement
  • Acting as lead associate representing a glass manufacturing company as claimant in ICC proceedings concerning a cross license agreement with a glass manufacturing company in Asia
  • Acting as tribunal secretary in an ICC arbitration arising from the conviction of two businessmen of fraud in the Czech Republic and alleged violations of a share purchase agreement
  • Representing the Republic of Vanuatu before the International Court of Justice in proceedings concerning the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965
  • Appearing as counsel before the UK Supreme Court on behalf of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in the widely reported Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd case
  • Acting as Legal Secretary to the International Tennis Federation’s Ethics Commission, advising on matters relating to the enforcement of its Code of Ethics

Nicola regularly provides legal support pro bono. She is currently advising an independence movement on alleged human rights violations and the right to self-determination as an independent state. She also provides legal support to developing country negotiators and NGOs attending the international climate change treaty negotiations.

Nicola is a member of the International Bar Association’s under-40 arbitration sub-committee, the ICCA Task Force on Gender Diversity in International Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings, and the Campaign for Greener Arbitration’s Steering Committee. She is recognised for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 US for 2021 and in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders for 2022, which highlighted her “reputation for excellence”, noting that she is “thorough and well-prepared”, and is considered “an expert in environmental disputes”.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Nicola worked as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Nicola holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London, and University College, London. She is admitted to practise as a barrister in England & Wales.

Admitted only in England & Wales. Not practising law in the District of Columbia. Supervision by Luke A. Sobota, a member of the District of Columbia Bar.