Kim Nihill is a Chartered Legal Executive and Partner with more than 20 years’ experience representing individuals’ subject high profile criminal investigations and prosecutions. This includes allegations of corruption and bribery, multi-jurisdiction investigations, serious and complex fraud, money laundering and related offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act including confiscation and restraint proceedings.

In recent years Kim has represented individuals in connection to Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) investigations including Airbus, Petrofac and Ultra Electronics.

Kim is described by her professional peers as a ‘tenacious defender’ and is applauded by her clients for her ‘thorough and diligent’ case preparation.

Having been instructed in some of the most high-profile investigations and prosecutions of the last two decades, Kim is aware of the importance of absolute discretion and regularly represents professional, high profile and HNW individuals.

Kim has considerable expertise in pre-charge police investigations and the drafting of successful pre-charge representations with a view to avoiding charges being brought. Kim regularly represents individuals at the police station and is commended by her clients for her astute and fearless approach.

Kim has extensive experience in representing individuals facing prosecution for the most serious criminal offences including murder, serious violent and sexual offences, large scale drug conspiracies, importation, misconduct in a public office and offences under the Official Secrets Act. Kim has also successfully defended individuals facing private prosecution.

Kim has significant experience representing individuals facing extradition to category two territories as well as defending individuals subject to European Arrest Warrants (“EAW”) and European Investigation Orders (“EIO”). As a result of her experience in this field, Kim has forged close professional links with overseas lawyers and expert witnesses. In addition to this, she also has extensive experience in advising individuals subject to INTERPOL red notices.


Notable Cases

SFO investigation into Rolls Royce

Representing a senior individual in connection with this recently discontinued SFO investigation.

Operation Amazon

Representing a client who allegedly played a leading role in one of the largest frauds in UK history.  The case involved in excess of £400m in a complex carbon credit fraud with a significant international element.

R v L

Representing a client charged with Conspiracy to Defraud betting institutions in the “horse racing trial of the century”. The client was charged with six others, including six-time British Champion jockey Keiren Fallon, with a conspiracy to defraud Betfair customers by fixing races. The case resulted in an acquittal for all defendants.

R v G

Representing a client charged with multiple, multi-handed Conspiracies to Supply Class A Drugs.

R v D

Royal Navy Officer charged with offences under the Official Secrets Act. Kim obtained Developed Vetting national security clearance during the course of these proceedings.

R v J

An alleged gang-related killing. The first case in the country where canine DNA evidence was present in a British Court.

R v C

Representing a client charged with 13 others in a large scale, national conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

R v L

Prison officer charged with multiple counts of misconduct in a public office and conveying prohibited articles into prison.

R v M

Representing a client charged with Conspiracy to Importing £8.5m of Class B drugs which was investigated by the National Crime Agency.

Peru v O

First proceedings in the Country to deal with a request from Peru for the extradition of a UK National in relation to allegations of drug trafficking. Client discharged from proceedings following successful legal submissions.

Turkey v O

Extradition request from Turkey for serious fraud offences. Client discharged from proceedings following successful Article 3 challenge.

Committed to exceeding expectations


“Kim’s always gone the extra distance in times of need and always been ever so easy to talk especially in times of stress. Kim’s very thorough and diligent in her work who’s judgement and opinion I’ll always trust. Kim’s always been readily available and if not - very prompt in getting back to me. I’ve recommended Kim to friends over the years and they’ve always thanked me in doing so as she’s provided them with the same level of care and attention. It’s been very reassuring having Kim in my corner.”

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