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Nicola Wallbank

Partner | Oxford

“Nicola gave clear and practical advice and was empathetic to all involved. She was able to understand our particular context immediately and quickly identified the steps needed towards a positive outcome.”
Chamber & Partners, 2024

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About Nicola

Nicola has practised employment law for over 18 years, advising employers and employees on all aspects of the working relationship. She has notable expertise on both sides of the table in drafting and negotiating exits and settlement agreements for senior executives, including where there are complex or high value bonus or share option issues and advising on post-termination restrictive covenants.

She works with HR teams, in house lawyers, senior management and business owners across a range of sectors (including education, retail and professional services), and partners with them to manage and resolve complex people issues. She has extensive experience in supporting overseas businesses with their UK operations and people matters, as well as efficiently supporting family offices with sensitive staffing matters. She advises on redundancies and business restructures, the provision of contracts and associated documentation, complex grievances and disciplinary issues, and managing litigation.

Clients value Nicola’s responsiveness and approachability.

Nicola is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).

Nicola is recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).

Notable work & expertise


  • "Nicola has been utterly consistent in the very high quality of her responses and product."

    Client testimonial

  • “Nicola is great, always well informed and gives balanced advice.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • "Nicola Wallbank – devoted to her clients, tenacious about getting to the bottom of things, kind and thoughtful in her dealings with clients, oppon...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • "Nicola Wallbank is fantastic – down to earth, commercial and precise legally as well."

    Chambers & Partners, 2022

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