Nicola Diggle Senior Associate

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“She focuses on the things that really matter.”

Chambers UK 2018
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


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. 


  • Solicitor Advocate
  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator


Nicola’s Blog

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.

Dress for advocates appearing before the Privy Council

Following recent queries from clients, we thought it worthwhile posting a reminder about the rules for dress in the Privy Council following a dispensation.

Articles by Nicola

Litigation Funding now "mainstream" in the UK


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


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


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

Non-compete clause unenforceable as it included a restriction on holding a minor shareholding in a competing business

Restrictive covenants are a useful tool for employers to protect their competitive edge and to reduce the risk of 'star employees' leaving to join competitors.However, failure to draft them carefully can leave both employer and employee in limbo.

Access to Court documents by an Interested Non-Party

A High Court master has recently given extensive guidance in the case of Dring v Cape Distribution Ltd and others [2017] on the right of an interested non-party to access court documents.

Breach of jurisdiction clause – High Court protects company and affiliate by way of anti-suit injunction

A High Court decision highlights how Courts may construe parties' intentions when interpreting jurisdiction clauses in contracts, as well as the protection that can be afforded by way of anti-suit injunctions.Ben Clark explains the impact this will have.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

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?

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.