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ONE ST PETER'S SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M2 3DE, ENGLAND
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Nicola Higgins

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory

Position

Nicola is a Legal Director in the Litigation & Regulatory team.  Her practice includes a significant financial services element, with a focus on consumer credit, payment services issues and technology disputes.  Nicola also has a wealth of experience of advising clients across a range of sectors (including manufacturing, engineering and retail) on the resolution of disputes, both at the pre-litigation stage and once court/arbitration proceedings have been issued, including breach of warranty claims, shareholder disputes and fraud/misrepresentation claims.  Most recently, her work has including advising on two very significant breach of contract disputes arising from troubled IT systems and outsourcing projects.

Career

DLA Piper - 1999 - date; qualification 2001; Senior Associate 2005; Legal Director 2011.

Education

St Catharine's College, Cambridge - Law (BA) 2:1; Chester College of Law - LPC (Distinction)


North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Rising stars

Nicola Higgins - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Banking litigation

DLA Piper UK LLP represents top-tier financial institutions and multinational banks on the full range of banking litigation issues. In Manchester, areas of expertise include complex commercial recoveries, group litigation and class actions, through to asset finance disputes and fraud. The practice has also recently added contentious financial regulatory expertise and offers innovative pricing structures to meet client demands for commercial flexibility. Stewart Plant and John Gollaglee head the team, while legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associate Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

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