• University of Kent, LL.B. (2000) Honors
  • University of Warwick, LL.M. (2002)
  • College of Law, London, L.P.C. (2003)


  • England and Wales

Nicola Phillips


Nicola Phillips guides her clients in all areas of commercial litigation. From providing crisis management and legal advice to clients facing cyberattacks to pursuing injunctive relief for victims of fraud, Nicola’s practice has a strong focus on urgent and critical support.

Nicola has a diverse practice, advising on all aspects of civil litigation, and vast experience with high court litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. She manages large compliance investigations and has experience acting for both regulators and large financial institutions responding to governmental enforcement enquiries. Nicola also has significant experience with large, complex civil frauds and regularly obtains injunctive relief to assist with asset preservation. Her other practice areas include asset-based lending, trade finance, infrastructure, energy, insurance, and employment-related disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Led an aviation client’s multibillion-pound high court contractual damages claim on an expedited timetable, successfully pursuing numerous interim applications; preparing pleadings, witness evidence, and expert evidence; and guiding the client on strategy and commercial settlement.
  • Advised a global payroll services provider following a cyberattack that disabled its systems, resulting in potential disruption to its payroll services. Nicola managed the Information Commissioner’s Office’s report and investigation, assisted the client with resuming business operations, and dealt with contractual claims both for and against the client.
  • Successfully pursued a manufacturer for the premature failure of parts supplied in a claim for breach of contract, obtaining a finding fully in our client’s favor and awarding our client all of the £11,243,026 claimed plus an indemnity for future losses.
  • Pursuing cross-border constructive trust and unjust enrichment claims for a finance client in respect of a series of frauds perpetrated against it to the value of $20 million. 
  • Securing funds in excess of $26 million by way of third-party debt orders to enforce an international arbitration award against a nation-state. This followed after having won on the merits in this international commercial arbitration on a breach of contract claim.

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Firm News & Announcements

June 30, 2021 LITIGATION NOTE: Crowell & Moring Wins in English High Court for Dana UK Axle in Long-Running Breach of Contract Case
October 9, 2020 Legal 500 Recommends Crowell & Moring as Top UK Law Firm for Asset Based Lending
September 9, 2020 Crowell & Moring Shortlisted at Legal Business Awards 2020
January 8, 2020 Nicola Phillips Joins Crowell & Moring's London Office