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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicola Boulton is "great to work with", comment sources who describe her as "a fighter" who is "as tough as it gets".


Nicola Boulton is a senior partner of Byrne and Partners LLP, a specialist disputes boutique, and has more than 25 years’ experience of high value, cross-border litigation.

Nicola's practice is focused on complex fraud and asset-tracing matters and trusts disputes. Current cases include a US$600 million trust dispute ongoing in six jurisdictions, several high-value CIS fraud matters (including Tatneft v Bogolyubov and Danilina v Chernukhin) and an action for Teva Pharmaceuticals against a UK based defendant seeking recovery of in excess of £300 million.

Nicola has particular expertise in civil asset forfeiture and international corruption cases. She acted for Blue Holdings in its successful challenge of a US$600 million freezing injunction obtained by the United States of America and in relation to associated NCA proceedings.

Nicola is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner by the major legal directories. Chambers reports “‘Absolute legend’ Nicola Boulton is widely respected for her top-notch civil fraud practice, which sees her regularly handling highly complex cross-border claims and freezing orders. According to one client: ‘Nicola is an excellent lawyer who will find a way to accomplish our objectives, regardless of how difficult the mission. She is the best lawyer we have ever worked with.’" The Legal 500 describes Nicola as “an outstanding lawyer with a first-rate legal brain, great tactical instincts and a nose for sniffing out a winning argument”.

After graduating from Oxford University, Nicola trained and qualified with Clyde & Co before joining the FSA and then Dechert. She co-founded Byrne and Partners in 2003.

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