Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer, Dispute Resolution

Nicola Vinovrški

Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer

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Nicola Vinovrški is a Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer in the Litigation Department.

She is a dispute resolution specialist. As well as representing clients before the English courts and in international commercial arbitrations, Nicola has advised clients in relation to negotiations, mediations, expert determination and also managing business relationships outside traditional dispute resolution avenues. She has acted for UK and global clients from a range of sectors including construction, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, insurance, renewable energy, oil and gas, and real estate. She has particular experience of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

In 2018, she was named in Legal 500 as a legal director to note for commercial litigation and in 2016, she was named in Legal Week's "Rising stars: the new generation of litigators making their mark".

Qualified as a lawyer in England & Wales and Australia, Nicola holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts with honours and a Doctorate from the University of Queensland.

Nicola supports the Finance and Banking Disputes, International Arbitration, Insurance and Commercial Litigation groups.

Key Experience

  • Advising and acting for a large quantity surveyor firm and its insurers in relation to a £147 million claim relating to a large mixed use retail and residential development.
  • Advising and acting for major French-headquartered multinational company in oil and gas sector in relation to threatened litigation in English High Court of a claim in excess of US$350 million following supply of specialised steel tubing used in an offshore oil field in Ghana.
  • Advising and acting for global security company and its insurers in relation to class action based on allegations of abuse of prisoners in maximum security prison in South Africa.
  • Acting for former owners of Liverpool Football Club in their high-profile claim against former directors and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Representing a working group of major international banks and investment funds in relation to claims for hundreds of millions of dollars arising out of the restructuring of an emerging markets bank. 
  • Acting for an Indian property company defending a claim brought by an international bank pursuant to a guarantee under a US$150 million credit facility for non-payment of sums due under a credit contingent Swap transaction.
  • Acting for two large Indian corporates and their Zambian incorporated SPVs in relation to their $10.5 million claim against a major Zambian infrastructure company part owned by the Zambian government in relation to the design and construction of a large water pumping station (contract price of approximately $35 million) (London seated UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration)
  • Acting for a privately held oil and gas company with a portfolio  of assets in sub-Saharan Africa in a dispute in relation to the exploration and exploitation of an oilfield off the coast of Nigeria (London seated ICC arbitration).
  • Acting for large Indian manufacturer in dispute with French bank in relation to derivative transaction. Case involved anti-suit injunction proceedings in the English Commercial Court and LCIA arbitration. (London seated LCIA arbitration).
  • Acting for large Indian pharmaceutical company in high value joint venture dispute involving subsequent funding calls, share allotment, Indian foreign exchange control regulations, contractual interpretation and share value calculation (London seated ICC arbitration).

Career History

Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Clyde & Co LLP
Senior Associate, Clyde & Co LLP
Associate, Clyde & Co LLP
University of Queensland, PhD
University of Queensland, BA(Hons)
University of Queensland, LLB
Ministère de la jeunesse, de l’éducation nationale et de la recherche de la république française, Diplôme approfondie de langue française

Articles and Publications

  • "What Naomi Campbell can teach financial institutions about big data breach: key principles and recent developments in English case law" Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation June 2020 (co-authored with James Oldnall)
  • "Data protection claims: a green light for representative actions" PLC Magazine October 2019 (co-authored with James Oldnall)
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution case round-up The Expert Witness Vol 1 Issue 24 – Summer 2018
  • "Fifteen years on from Bhatia: the Indian Government looks at how to institutionalise arbitration in the subcontinent" Arbitration News (Publication of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division) Vol 22 No 1 June 2017
  • "London Calling" India Business Law Journal June 2013: 32
  • "Appeals of Issues of Foreign Law under the English Arbitration Act 1996 - a Matter of Fact" Dispute Resolution International Vol 7 No 1, May 2013 (co-authored with Sapna  Jhangiani)
  • “Market practice in banking litigation”  Bankers' Law Volume 3 No. 2: 22
  • "Les clauses de changement significatif défavorable les (<>) après la crise d'août 2007. – Quelle est leur portée, en Grande-Bretagne et aux Etats-Unis, dans le contexte actuel de crise financière?" Revue de Droit bancaire et financier no. 6, Novembre 2009, étude 34 (co-authored with Jean-Michel Reversac)
  • "Mac clauses post August 2007 – What do they mean in the current financial markets?"  Bankers' Law Volume 2 no. 4: 14 (co-authored with Paul Friedman)
  • Numerous case updates on Clyde & Co website and client circulars
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