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Nicole Finlayson, Knowledge Lawyer at Penningtons Manches


Nicole is a senior knowledge lawyer to the commercial dispute resolution team and is responsible for ensuring that her colleagues stay up to date with current developments in the law. This involves drafting precedents and client guides, organising and delivering training, drafting and editing legal articles, legal research and facilitating the sharing of knowledge. It also involves dealing with strategic issues such as systems, policies and processes with a view to improving efficiency and saving costs.

Nicole regularly presents training and seminars both within the firm and for external organisations. She has authored articles for numerous publications including Commercial Litigation Journal (in which she co-writes a bimonthly column), New Law Journal, Solicitors Journal, Procurement and Outsourcing Journal and the International Bar Association Litigation News.  She also drafts and edits the CDR team’s publications.

She is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the Association of Litigation PSLs and ASK (the association of arbitration PSLs).

Prior to becoming a knowledge lawyer, Nicole practised as a solicitor for over a decade, specialising in commercial dispute resolution, managing litigation, international arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and negotiation. She dealt with a broad range of commercial disputes including shareholder, director and partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, general contractual disputes, supply disputes and contentious insolvency.

Recent work highlights

  • Co-authoring a regular column in the Commercial Litigation Journal entitled ‘Insights’.
  • Presenting two webinars for LexisNexis on the subjects of ‘Experts and witness statements’ and ‘Cross-border disputes’.
  • Presenting in-house training sessions for the corporate and commercial, IP and IT teams on ‘Arbitration clauses v jurisdiction clauses in the light of Brexit’.
  • Drafting a suite of conditional fee agreement (CFA) precedent documents and factsheets, and designing and implementing a new process for the approval and reporting of CFA matters.
  • Co-organising the CDR team’s training and know how programme.
  • Working with the central knowledge and risk teams and a subset of fee earners to deliver a range of business improvement projects including electronic bundling, document automation and GDPR compliance.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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