Nicola O'Connor

Legal Director,
Bird & Bird

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Bird & Bird
London, AGU
Work: 44 (0)20 7415 6076

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I am Legal Director at Bird & Bird.  I specialise in white collar crime, business crime and internal investigations.  I also assist businesses with financial crime compliance.

My focus is fraud and financial crime.  I defend those under investigation by organisations such as the SFO, HMRC, FCA and police for serious financial crime offences such as fraud and bribery / corruption offences.  Many of the cases that I am involved in are cross border and I represent both individuals and corporates.   

I advise upon and conduct internal investigations and private prosecutions.

I advise individuals in relation to money laundering offences, Confiscation proceedings and Asset Recovery, Restraint Orders and freezing orders. I advise clients facing a wide range of investigations by HMRC. I work closely specialist tax advisors offering advice at various stages from voluntary disclosure to defending large scale multi defendant prosecutions.

I have a particular interest in assisting corporate clients with compliance procedures. I have a unique insight having defended a variety of prosecutions into offences under the Modern Slavery Act, Bribery Act and Proceeds of Crime Act. I also assist businesses to train staff about the offences and the preventative proceedures that need to be in place to avoid prosceution. The training also extends to preparing for the possibility of a dawn raid conducted by HMRC, SFO or the police.

I am part of the white collar investigations team at Bird and Bird. I assist corporate clients conducting investigations into allegations of tax offences, fraud, corrpution and money laundering offences.

I also work closely with our employment team when allegations of criminality are made within the workplace. I help corporate clients to prepare to respond to issues, engage with investigators where necessary and also consider reputation management during these difficult times.

I am regularly contacted for advice upon all aspects of the criminal justice system by the BBC. I have appeared as an expert guest on radio and television programmes on BBC1, Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and local BBC radio stations.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Corporate Crime
  • Crisis Management
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime