Rachel Nicolson

Rachel Nicolson

UN Global Compact Network Australia

Director and Chair, Bribery Prevention and Governance

Rachel Nicolson

Rachel specialises in Disputes and Investigations and is based in Melbourne. Before joining Allens, Rachel spent several years managing World Bank, ADB and Australian funded law reform projects in Asia.  

Rachel has particular expertise advising on complex regulatory and law enforcement investigations and is recognised as a market leader in anti-bribery and corruption and business crime matters as well as business human rights obligations. 

Rachel has strong experience engaging with a broad range of authorities including the AFP, DPP, ASIC, ACCC and the ATO. With local counsel, Rachel also acts in investigations conducted by the US DOJ and SEC and UK Serious Fraud Office.

Additionally, Rachel's litigation experience includes advice on tort, competition and administrative law actions for clients across a range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, energy, banking, manufacturing, health and federal and state governments.

Rachel has advised on regulatory disputes and litigation brought in Australia, the US, the UK and Papua New Guinea. Rachel has also advised on investigations and legal issues for offshore projects in China, Indonesia, India and across Africa.

This includes advising:

Rachel leads the firm's Risk & Compliance Advisory team and regularly advises clients on risk minimisation steps and compliance reviews including emanating from internal investigations or regulatory action.

Rachel led the Allens team that advised the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights in development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Rachel was also on the IFC's Expert Panel for review of its 'Guidance for Projects and Companies on Designing Grievance Mechanisms', and on the International Commission of Jurists' Expert Panel on Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Violations.


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