Nicole has significant experience in advising on all aspects of cyber insurance, ranging from responding to cyber breach incidents and implementing strategies to mitigate liability risks, through to defending complex litigation arising from data breaches. She has acted for insurers, international mining houses, international retail outlets, global and regional social media and telecommunication providers, marketing firms, banks and medical service providers in managing data breach incidents.

Nicole, who was previously based in South Africa, has advised on cyber incident response management for breaches occurring around the world. This has included advising on reports to regulators and data subjects’ regulatory enforcement actions arising from breaches of data privacy legislation in South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Lesotho, the UK and Europe (under the GDPR).

She is also a qualified mediator and has substantial experience in a variety of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including AFSA, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations and construction adjudications. Before specialising in cyber insurance, Nicole advised on a wide variety of construction-related claims and disputes. She was involved in several reported decisions in various divisions of the High Court of South Africa and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

  • Representing corporate entities, insureds and insurers in all aspects of cyber breach incidents, including compulsory and voluntary breach notifications and regulatory investigations, notifications to data subjects, steps to reduce reputational and other damages associated with data breaches.
  • Assisting large corporate entities and insureds in urgent court proceedings to preserve and recover data stolen or compromised during data breaches.
  • Acting for a variety of corporate entities against former employees involved in data breach incidents.
  • Assisting clients with preparing and implementing comprehensive incident response plans.
  • Providing training to large corporate clients and insurers on the management of data breach incidents.
  • Advising on wording, claims and coverage under cyber insurance policies.
Areas of Expertise
  • Cyber + Data Security

Industry Representation
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Mining + Energy
  • Manufacturing + Retail
  • Media
  • Financial Services
  • Health

Professional Affiliations
  • Recognised Lexology legal influencer