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Nicola Boulton
Partner
0207 842 1659
Languages:
English
Nicola is a highly experienced commercial litigator who brings her pragmatic and tenacious approach to bear for high-net-worth individuals, legal and financial services professionals, corporates and hedge funds.

With experience acting across high-value civil fraud, financial services and trust litigation, Nicola has particular expertise in freezing orders, other interlocutory injunctive measures and anti-money laundering issues. She is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings), and her dynamism is consistently recognised as a ‘real asset’ in complex cases.

The directories say:

Chambers and Partners

In ranking Nicola as a Star Individual for Fraud: Civil, Chambers and Partners comment: ‘Nicola is intellectually agile and a master for detail’. She is ‘one of the most effective fraud practitioners in the market’ and ‘she has a great strategic mind, is brilliantly insightful and is great to work with’.

Legal 500

‘The “truly excellent” group at Byrne and Partners LLP is led by the “articulate and fearsome” Nicola Boulton.’

‘The department is headed by Nicola Boulton, who is described by clients as “a natural leader with unsurpassed knowledge of her field, with excellent judgment and an unerring ability to pick the right strategy”.’

Who’s Who Legal

In their 2016 global guide to asset recovery lawyers, Who’s Who Legal writes: ‘Nicola is credited as having a “fine civil fraud litigation practice that is the envy of her peers”’, with sources praising her ‘tenacity and dynamism’ and citing her as ‘a real asset during tough cases’.

Notable experience
  • For trustees in a seven-jurisdiction trust dispute concerning $500 million of trust assets.
  • For Pavel Ovcharenko in a $300 million claim (Tatneft –v- Bogolubov and others) in the Commercial Court in London.
  • For a claimant pharmaceutical company in £300 million fraud claim in the Commercial Court in London.
  • For a solicitor defendant in the successful defence of the Innovator litigation.
  • Multiple disputes in varied jurisdictions concerning the Abacha family and associated parties.
  • Acting for a former trustee in trust disputes in Nevis and the BVI.
  • For a Saudi conglomerate claimant in multiple fraud and arbitration claims across several jurisdictions.
  • For a defendant in claims in the Caribbean brought by Kazatamprom.
  • For Russian clients defending claims relating to a Russian Bank in the Commercial Court in London.
Background
Nicola qualified in 1994 and was a founding partner in Byrne and Partners LLP in 2003. Nicola graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She lectures on both money laundering and legal developments within her field.
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