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Nicola Roberts
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Nicola "instills confidence from her practical knowledge and draws much praise from clients".

Legal 500
Biography

Nicola is a partner and head of our Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team in Singapore. With over 20 years’ experience as a contentious practitioner and having spent almost 15 years working offshore, she is routinely engaged in a wide range of complex cross border litigation. Her expertise encompasses shareholder disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, contentious trusts as well as insolvency, restructuring and contentious regulatory advisory work. She also leads our Trust and Private Client Advisory Group in Asia. Nicola is also one of our digital asset dispute experts, with proven success in handling all kinds of disputes relating to cr ...

Nicola is a partner and head of our Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team in Singapore. With over 20 years’ experience as a contentious practitioner and having spent almost 15 years working offshore, she is routinely engaged in a wide range of complex cross border litigation. Her expertise encompasses shareholder disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, contentious trusts as well as insolvency, restructuring and contentious regulatory advisory work. She also leads our Trust and Private Client Advisory Group in Asia.

Nicola is also one of our digital asset dispute experts, with proven success in handling all kinds of disputes relating to cryptocurrencies, NFTs, digital assets investments, artificial intelligence, decentralized finance (DeFi), smart contracts, and blockchain technology. She acts in crypto cases in relation to the theft, hacking and recovery of digital and crypto assets through forensic analysis of blockchain records of various crypto assets, fraud and asset tracing, covering multiple injunctions, as well as complex arbitration proceedings and investigations spanning a number of jurisdictions. Nicola’s experience in successfully handling frozen stable coins was the first of its kind case dealing with cryptocurrencies in both the BVI and the Cayman Islands.

Nicola is regularly instructed by institutional trustees, principal beneficiaries, protectors, ultra-high net worth individuals and families, international financial institutions, insolvency office-holders and corporate entities.

Nicola offers Jersey legal advice through Harneys (Jersey) as well, an independently owned and controlled Jersey law firm. In her Jersey practice, Nicola specialises in Corporate, Insolvency, Litigation, Restructuring and Trusts matters. For Jersey related matters, Nicola can be contacted at nicola.roberts@harneys.je.

Nicola qualified in England and Wales in 2001, was admitted in the BVI in 2008 and qualified as an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey in December 2014.

Nicola is recommended by Legal 500 and is a member of the Law Society in England and Wales, the Jersey Law Society, the Hong Kong Law Society and an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales. She is also a member of the International Bar Association, INSOL International and IWIRC International. Nicola is a regular contributor to the Offshore Litigation Blog.

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Recommendations

Nicola has been recognised by Asian Legal Business in its annual list of Asia’s Top Offshore Litigators.

Nicola has been recognised by Asian Legal Business in its annual list of Asia’s Top Offshore Litigators.

Nicola is recognised as a leading Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation lawyer in Hong Kong.

Nicola is recognised as a "Next Generational Lawyer" who "can see the bigger picture very quickly and therefore implement and act with detail."

Nicola is recognised as "very approachable and grasps issues quickly".

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England and Wales
2001

British Virgin Islands
2008

Jersey
2014

Manchester Metropolitan University (BA)
1991

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