Nikolas Ireland Senior counsel

Nikolas specialises in international fraud litigation and complex commercial disputes.

He acts for a range of domestic and international clients in High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council matters and also advises clients in international arbitration and mediation.

Nikolas’ work is cross-border and frequently involves the management of parallel civil and criminal proceedings in different jurisdictions. He has a particular focus on matters arising out of Russia and Ukraine and his wider international experience has covered numerous jurisdictions and laws including Hong Kong, USA, the Caribbean, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Cyprus, Norway and Turkey.  

His cases have involved allegations of conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation, sham transactions, unlawful assistance, misappropriation and breaches of fiduciary duty. He has particular expertise in domestic and worldwide freezing orders obtained in support of high-value proceedings and in complex issues of jurisdiction. In addition, Nikolas advises on corporate and shareholder disputes in relation to companies incorporated domestically and overseas. 

He has substantial cross-sector experience and has acted for private and corporate clients in sectors including banking, private equity, natural resources, insolvency and commodities.

Nikolas is a qualified solicitor-advocate.

Ranked as an Associate-to-watch for Civil Fraud in Chambers UK 2021.

Named as a key lawyer in Civil Fraud in Legal 500 2021.

Professional memberships

  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • British Russian Law Association
  • British Ukrainian Law Association

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"A good all-round lawyer who is very diligent and careful."

Chambers UK 2021

"Very professional lawyer; smart, attentive to details and with excellent analytical skills."

The UK Legal 500 2021

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