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Nicola is a leading criminal defence expert in both business and general crime.
She has experience of fraud, corruption (including the Bribery Act) and cartel matters, financial compliance, money laundering, asset seizure and confiscation cases, through to sexual offence cases, drugs, murder and offensive weapon crimes. She also advises on matters relating to mutual legal assistance, extradition and European Arrest Warrants as well as representing individuals and families in public inquiries and inquests. She also has experience of internal investigations
Nicola has acted for many high profile individuals who have needed advice on criminal matters. She has also represented corporate clients, financial institutions and professional firms in investigations and proceedings brought by the SFO, CPS, FCA, HMRC and other prosecuting bodies. She is routinely instructed in judicial review and appeal cases.
Nicola was previously a partner at Corker Binning for 13+ years (2000-2014) and started her career at Peters & Peters (1992-2000). In 2014 she took a career break during which time she was appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice to the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonvile and by the Lord Chancellor as a Magistrate.
Nicola has been instructed by many high profile clients in well publicised cases. In recent years she has:
International Who’s who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers, the Guide to the World’s White Collar Crime Lawyers and the Guide to the World’s Leading Woman in Business Law 2013. In the 2013 inaugural UK edition of Super Lawyers, Nicola is featured as a leading lawyer for fraud and is in the London Top 50 Women.
Nicola Finnerty is “Well established” and noted for being able to quickly pick up a case and “achieve results” without getting intimidated.”
“Sources admire Nicola Finnerty for her “excellent client management skills,” “great understanding of the issues and ability to identify weak spots in the prosecution’s case.”
Nicola Finnerty is applauded for the strong rapport that she builds with clients. Sources are impressed by her commitment, noting “her efforts to secure the right result were exceptional.”
Nicola Finnerty garnered votes for her “sound commercial judgement “ and “client friendly manner”.
Who’s who legal, Business Crime Defence Lawyers
Nicola Finnerty is strongly acclaimed for her “fabulous tactical sense, and extremely good client skills.” She advised a high-profile peer in relation to the fallout from the UK parliamentary expenses investigation, and is also involved in major SFO prosecutions.”
Nicola Finnerty’s “work rate is phenomenal” and she is “unflappable”.
…(Nicola) has arrived in a major way: the quality of her work is superb and she is very bright, with exceptional people and organisational skills.”
…a practitioner with a wealth of experience; who leaves no stone unturned; her preparation and understanding is impeccable.”
excellent client management skills, great understanding of the issues and ability to identify weak spots in the prosecution’s case.”
immensely experienced” and “excellent.”
applauded for the strong rapport that she builds with clients... her efforts to secure the right result were exceptional.”
outstanding ability to guide clients through extremely stressful processes of investigation and prosecution... praised for her ability to manage large-scale complex litigation.
Terrific with the most demanding of clients, incisive and tactically very astute”
…admired for her strong commitment to her client’ s best interest.”
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