Nicola Diggle Senior Associate

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Contact Details

“Nicola Diggle is a senior associate who handles commercial and contractual litigation, with particular experience assisting with breach of directors' duties and shareholder agreements.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
Nicola is a Senior Associate in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She has a great deal of experience acting for individuals and corporates based in the Thames Valley, London, United Kingdom and abroad across a range of sectors. 

Main areas of practice

Nicola is highly recommended as a commercial lawyer with specialist expertise in:

  • Commercial contract claims
  • IT and Software disputes
  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Warranty claims
  • Enforcing employee restrictive covenants
  • Appeals to the Privy Council
  • Commercial mediation 

Significant experience

  • Successfully obtaining an award in a $40 million international arbitration
  • Acting for the claimant in a £12 million warranty claim in the Commercial Court
  • Acting for two shareholders in an international shareholder dispute in the technology sector
  • Acting a nationwide property developer in a £5 million dispute in the High Court
  • Acting for a seller of an investment management business in a variety of post-sale disputes 
  • Acting for an international distribution and logistics business in a variety of commercial contract disputes
  • Acting for a minority shareholder in bringing a successful claim for unfair prejudice for wrongful exclusion from management (using third party litigation funding)
  • Obtaining an injunction in the Commercial Court for a software supplier to prevent a departing senior employee from breaching restrictive covenants
  • Acting for a Mauritian bank in defending an appeal to the Privy Council
  • Acting for a shareholder and director of a retail sector company in defending unfair prejudice proceedings in the Companies Court
  • Acting for a software supplier in a dispute regarding a public sector outsourcing contract

Career

Nicola qualified and previously practiced at Herbert Smith in their international litigation team. Nicola has done secondments to the Herbert Smith Paris office and an international technology company's in-house legal team.

Nicola joined Blake Morgan in 2006.

She is a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience and has appeared in the High Court for clients.

She is also an ADR Group Accredited Mediator. As well as acting as advisor and advocate for clients in disputes and mediations, Nicola also practices as a mediator in commercial mediations.

Nicola is part of the cross-office team which organises our In-house Lawyer Forums. 

Accreditations

  • Solicitor Advocate
  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator

“She focuses on the things that really matter.”

Chambers UK 2018

Expertise

Nicola’s Blog

Avoid the pitfalls of removing the boss

Removing senior directors goes against the grain in business. Extracting the leader certainly deviates from the norm but can be performed as and when necessary.

Privilege preserved for litigation funding agreements: Edwardian Group Ltd and another v Singh and others [2017]

In Edwardian Group Ltd, the Court refused a claimant the right to get disclosure of the litigation funding documents.

Privilege preserved for litigation funding agreements: Edwardian Group Ltd and another v Singh and others [2017]

In Edwardian Group Ltd , the Court refused a claimant the right to get disclosure of the litigation funding documents.

Articles by Nicola

Litigation Funding now "mainstream" in the UK

Article

Litigation can be very expensive and the English courts have embraced 'no win no fee' which provides access to justice for those who cannot fund litigation. Our expert Nicola Diggle explains how Litigation funding is now mainstream in the UK.

Recent news from the JCPC: January 2017

Article

In November 2016, the JCPC in London heard its first ever video-link case. The case ‘Cono Cono and Co Ltd (Appellant) v Veerasamy and others (Respondents)’

The History and Jurisdiction of the Privy Council

Article

The jurisdiction of the Privy Council originated at the Norman conquest with the premise that, “The King is the fountain of all justice throughout his Dominions, and exercises jurisdiction in his Council, which act in an advisory capacity to the Crown.”

Related Knowledge & Resources

High Court orders petitioner's purchase of 50% shareholding in company in unfair prejudice petition

In the trial of an unfair prejudice petition, the High Court has found that the actions of the first respondent represented the clearest possible breach of directors' fiduciary and statutory duties. We take look in detail.

How to protect against misuse of commercially-sensitive information

Protecting trade secrets and confidential information is crucial and what steps can employers take to prevent staff from misusing commercially-sensitive information?

The "after party" – could employers be liable for what goes on?

With employers planning Christmas parties, or indeed any kind of "works do", we look at a case where the employer was held vicariously liable for an employee's actions when those at the office party moved on to another venue where a fight broke out.

Guide: Our workplace mediation service

Do you have conflict in the workplace that takes up your valuable time and has a damaging effect on team performance?

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

Commercial Law Briefing: Getting the Boilerplate Right

Commercial Law Briefing: Getting the Boilerplate Right - An A to Z of Commercial Contract "Boilerplate" clauses and some lessons from recent cases.