Nicola Allsop > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Nicola has a modern commercial chancery practice encompassing company litigation (particularly shareholder disputes), insolvency and civil fraud. She appeared as a junior in the ten week fraud trial in Sita v Serruys and was called to the Bar of the BVI in 2012 where she successfully represented the majority shareholders of the only oil-producing company in Belize (SM Life Ventures LLC v BNE and others). Nicola is regularly retained by insolvency practitioners with a view to recovering assets for the benefit of insolvent estates and appeared for the appellants in Helman v John Lyon Free Grammar School [2014] 1 WLR 2451], a case concerning the impact of a bankruptcy order on the right to serve a notice to enfranchise. Her cases frequently involve applications for freezing injunctions and similar interim remedies


Called 2002 Lincoln’s Inn; called British Virgin Islands 2012


Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR


Bristol University (2001 LLB first class hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Nicola is an excellent communicator and offers timely and clear legal advice.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Nicola is extremely bright and has a wealth of experience. Her advocacy is particularly persuasive.’

Quadrant Chambers is a ‘strong set in general commercial litigation and banking litigation‘ and is commended for its ‘excellent training programmes, courses and technical content and know how’. Members regularly act for and against the banks, including disputes with elements of fraud, trade finance and insolvency. Paul Downes KC leads a team including Emily Saunderson and Simon Oakes in Liberty Steel v Various – acting for Liberty Steel entities in various proceedings against lenders including Trafigura, Arcelormittal, and Greensill Capital, which collapsed in 2021. Nicola Allsop acted successfully as sole counsel for the respondent bank in Sharpoorji Pallonji v I&M Bank Rwanda Plc, an application concerning a demand made on a performance bond.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Brilliant technically and commercially, excellent with clients and a pleasure to work with.’

Quadrant Chambers is ‘quality commercial set’ that ‘has moved well beyond its shipping roots‘. The ‘forward-thinking, commercially astute, and user friendly‘ chambers has ‘embraced technology leaving others far behind‘ and has  ‘a number of good options at all levels for commercial litigation‘. Notable cases include DAZN v IMG in which Paul Downes KC is leading Nicola Allsop  for the defendants in a dispute regarding the rights to broadcast Italian Serie A football in Brazil, and whether their disruption due to COVID-19 amounted to a force majeure event. Simon Rainey KC also led Joseph Sullivan  for the defendant in Conocophillips Company v Chrysaor E&P, which concerned the construction of a contract used for the US$2.6bn purchase of the claimant’s UK oil and gas exploration and production businesses.