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Nicola Rabson

Employment Partner, London

“I have wide experience across the breadth of employment law and am particularly known for advising clients on their most challenging and sensitive matters. I aim to be an accessible and solutions-focused adviser who will challenge clients and peers to deliver the right result. I keep a cool head in a crisis.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Global head of the firm’s Employment and Incentives Group, Nicola is widely acknowledged as a leading employment lawyer. She has extensive experience in High Court and tribunal litigation, often advising on the most high-profile employment-related disputes, including the most significant bonus litigation disputes (in particular, acting for Commerzbank in the largest bonus litigation in the UK to date). Nicola manages people issues when businesses are faced with crisis or unplanned events. 

In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Nicola advises on the employment aspects of purchases, related hirings, executive terminations, restrictive covenants and team moves, as well as managing large global projects in relation to redundancies, compensation reviews and the employment aspects of regulatory investigations.

Nicola is renowned for her experience in whistleblowing, including advising businesses on their internal whistleblowing procedures and policies. She led the firm’s “Listen Up” campaign, which aims to focus the whistleblowing discussion on internal behaviours and responses to whistleblowing. Nicola led the firm’s team acting pro bono in the case of whistleblower Dr Kevin Beatt against Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, for which Nicola was identified as “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times.
 

Professional experience

Nicola is a firm believer in diversity and strong advocate for flexible working initiatives. She was included on the OUTstanding Ally Executives List, celebrating those who champion LGBT+ initiatives in business. 

Nicola was instrumental in creating a partnership between Linklaters and Maggie’s, a cancer charity that provides free practical, social and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends, to support the “Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s” at the Chelsea Garden Show.  

Nicola regularly speaks at conferences, including those organised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 
 

Education and qualifications

Nicola studied law at King’s College, London.