Elizabeth Nicholls

Barrister and Civil and Commercial Mediator

Call: 2018 

Practice Summary

Elizabeth is a Civil and Commercial Mediator, trained with ADR Group and she is training to be an Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Elizabeth comes to chambers with over 20 years’ experience in international consumer goods.

Before coming to the Bar, Elizabeth spent her career working for a leading global consumer products manufacturer, SCA (now Essity), managing product development and branded/own brand marketing. Latterly she worked for one of the UK’s leading supermarket retailers, Sainsbury’s, leading international buying, and marketing teams, negotiating safe consumer products and resolving high-value commercial disputes with some of the world’s biggest blue-chip companies.

During her career she has managed categories with a profit and loss ranging from £300 million to £2.2bn turnover a year. She has extensive experience of manufacturing and retail in a wide range of food and non-food categories. She has successfully negotiated multi-million pound disputes in hostile trading environments. Elizabeth has vast experience of complex and sensitive negotiations on an international level, having worked in Sweden, Eastern Europe, Hong-Kong and China.

She is an effective communicator and mediator, even where there is high pressure or previous negative relationships. Elizabeth has the ability to think commercially and strategically when working with all her clients.

Using her extensive business and international experience, she takes mediation instructions in a broad range of disputes including;

  • commercial,
  • contract,
  • business disputes,
  • nuisance - animals and trees,
  • manufacturing - industrial plant, ingredients/materials,
  • product liability and consumer products,
  • retail – pricing, promotions, disputes with suppliers/retailers,
  • shipping and supply chain – UK and international,
  • intellectual property – trademarks, copyright, branding and marketing.

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