Nicole leads the firm’s family and probate practice, and advises on family and matrimonial disputes including all aspects of contested divorces jurisdictional and cross-border financial issues and resolution by mediation. She also advises on wealth management, asset structuring and succession planning including wills and trusts, and handles contentious probate and trust matters, and disputes regarding the administration of estates as well as estate and trust assets situated locally and abroad.
Nicole is also an experienced commercial litigator, with particular emphasis on banking litigation, commercial debt recovery and insolvency. Her experience in this area has led to her being retained to advise on the acquisition of distressed-debt and non-performing loan portfolios.
EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS
Nicole is identified in the 2013 to 2015 editions of The Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution and is also a winner of the Lawyer of the Year 2014 Award by Corporate LiveWire in the category of Banking Litigation. Additionally, she is named as a Dispute Resolution Star in the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019, as a Benchmark Disputes Star in the 2014 edition of Benchmark: Asia Pacific and as a Local Dispute Star in its 2013 edition.
She is also a winner of the Global Awards 2015 by Corporate LiveWire in the category of Family Law in Malaysia. Further, Nicole is named as a Leading International Lawyer in Malaysia for Contentious Trusts. Family and Matrimonial and Estate Planning by the London based Citywealth Leaders List in its 2011 to 2019 editions, and is also listed as a PowerWoman in the 2014 to 2019 editions and ranked in its IFC Power Women Top 200 in 2017 and 2018.
Nicole serves as a mediator on the panel of the Malaysian Mediation Centre and is certified by the UK Advocacy Training Council as a Trainer for the Advocacy Training Course programme run by the Malaysian Bar.
She is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel of the Advocates & Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board since 2008 and was previously a member of the Investigating Tribunal of the Advocates & Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board. Nicole also served on the Editorial Board of Relevan, the newsletter of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee between 2000 and 2007.
Nicole’s recent publications include authoring the chapter on Conflicts of Laws in Family Issues and co-authoring the chapter on Overview of Matrimonial Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions, both in the Law and Practice of Family Law in Malaysia (1st Edition) published by Sweet & Maxwell Asia, being a co-author of the chapter on Family Law - Commentary and Precedents in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Malaysian Precedents of Pleadings (1st Edition), published by Sweet & Maxwell Asia, a contributing editor of the Malaysian Civil Procedure 2013 published by Sweet & Maxwell Asia in 2013 and authoring the Malaysia chapter in International Succession (3rd Edition), published by Oxford University Press in 2010 as well as the 4th Edition published in 2015. Nicole was also a contributing editor of the MLJ Handbook: Probate – Practice & Forms, published by the Malayan Law Journal, LexisNexis in 2007. In 2005, Nicole contributed to the Practice and Forms in the Malaysian Court Forms published by the Malayan Law Journal, LexisNexis in Family law as well as Probate and Administration.
Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, England in 1994. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1995 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996. Nicole is accredited as a Mediator with the Malaysian Mediation Center (Bar Council) since 2007.