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Nicole is a Partner and Head of UK competition at Linklaters.

She is a specialist in EC and UK merger control and antitrust regulation. Nicole has particular experience in the retail, mining, energy and utility sectors and advises clients on the antitrust aspects of a broad range of matters, including merger review investigations by the European and UK authorities, cartel investigations, co-operation between competitors and antitrust compliance programs.


Articled Minter Ellison, Queensland 1997; associate to Hon Justice Spender, Federal Court of Australia 1998; solicitor Allens Arthur Robinson, Victoria 1999-2001; associate Linklaters 2001-06, partner 2006 to date.


English, Japanese


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia


University of Queensland (1995 Bachelor of Arts, Double Major Japanese; 1996 Bachelor of Laws, First Class Hons, University Medal).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

Handling complex cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court, and with expertise in dealing with class actions, the competition litigation team at Linklaters LLP is ‘among the strongest litigation teams in the City’. The ‘impressive’ and ‘wise’ Tom Cassels leads the practice, bringing to bear his extensive experience in acting on high level cases. He is supported by Harriet Ellis, Nicole Kar and the highly rated Sarina Williams, who is ‘making a great impression on the market’.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

(Hall of Fame)

Nicole KarLinklaters LLP

Well-regarded for its ability to marry a ‘high calibre, technical capability‘ with a ‘commercial and pragmatic’ approach, Linklaters LLP‘ sizeable practice is consistently engaged by some of the biggest companies in the world for assistance in high-stakes regulatory, transactional, and contentious matters. In recent months, the team has concentrated its position in the healthcare and technology sectors, advising on takeover bids, contractual breaches, and foreign investment clearance matters. Global antitrust and foreign investment head Nicole Kar maintains a prolific merger investigations practice, and serves as a key adviser to a diverse roster of financial institutions, retailers, mining groups, and healthcare operators. The group’s wide-ranging expertise in UK utility regulation – including sectoral regulator-led investigations and price control appeals – is underpinned by Natura Gracia, a dual-qualified (English and Spanish) state aid/subsidies and public procurement specialist who regularly advises a range of water companies and energy providers. Simon Pritchard is consistently engaged for his track record in Phase 2 merger inquiries, cartel investigations, and merger litigations, while Anna Mitchell is particularly strong in UK and EU merger control, investigations, and market studies. Managing associate Verity Egerton-Doyle, noted for her experienced in CMA merger investigations and CA98 cases, is especially well-versed in tech and life sciences matters. Cartel investigations specialist Rachel Hetherington is also recommended. Kar recently took over as global antitrust head following the departure of Christian Ahlborn.