Nicola Howard KC > Chambers of P Mendelle KC, G Carter-Stephenson KC & J Dein KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of P Mendelle KC, G Carter-Stephenson KC & J Dein KC
25 Bedford Row

Living Wage


Nicola is instructed on behalf of corporates and individuals to provide specialist strategic advice at an early stage of an investigation into bribery, corruption and financial crime matters.

She is experienced in the conduct of the most serious and complex cross-border financial crime investigations. Deals with high net worth individuals, Company Officers and SMEs.

Hardworking, tenacious and strategically astute, Nicola is a sought after Silk. She is client friendly with exceptional judgement, and is highly respected by her opponents and the Judiciary alike.


  • Called 1995.
  • Appointed Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit 2016.
  • Appointed Silk 2019.


  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law


  • Hull (BSc Hons Management Sciences – sponsored by international company)
  • Westminster University (CPE Diploma in Law – Drapers Trust and Clothworkers foundation scholarships)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Nicola Howard KC – 25 Bedford Row ‘Nicola is a superb advocate, great strategist, brilliant with clients, great on her feet and a first rate silk for fraud.’

‘An excellent set with top silks and really strong juniors across the board’, 25 Bedford Row continues to hold its position in the market as a top fraud defence set, representing clients involved in high-profile prosecutions and investigations. George Carter-Stephenson KC represented the lead defendant the long running 22 handed fraud case Operation Surging (concluded in November 2021) which involved the alleged laundering of over £25m through 14 shell companies set up as traders of alcoholic beverages. Nicola Howard KC is currently defending in a matter involving alleged fraud money laundering by the Vatican and its cardinals via a £299m London property venture. Simon Pentol KC (in Operation Toll) represented the lead defendant who has been accused of a complex scheme involving alleged fraudulent trading and money laundering arising out of a multi-agency investigation into carbon credit investment.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Nicola Howard KC25 Bedford RowA really solid performer – reliable and great perspective on cases. She gets on excellently with clients and judges and gains their confidence easily. First rate.

Members at 25 Bedford Row represent individual and corporate clients before courts of all levels, tribunals, and regulatory authorities in proceedings relating to financial and regulatory crime, with expertise in areas including tax evasion, asset recovery, and financial services investigations. George Carter-Stephenson KC has been involved in global financial services proceedings of considerable note, including LIBOR rate-fixing trials, and is currently representing Mohammed Bharj at Southwark Crown Court in Operation Surging, a 22 handed fraud case involving the alleged laundering of over £25,000,000 of criminal proceeds through 14 shell companies within a highly complex laundering structure. Nicola Howard KC focuses on corporate fraud, asset seizure, self-reporting, and money laundering cases, with a standout ongoing involvement being that of Guralp in SFO vs Guralp and others, in which she represented a high net worth individual and inventor of seismic instruments in a SFO investigation surrounding contracts from a South Korean official, resulting in a DPA.