Nicola Raj

A Qualified Lawyer
Nicola has over twenty-five years’ experience as an adviser and in-house lawyer for a variety of listed & privately owned, global and SME companies
With a range of industry & international experience
She has been involved in a variety of industries, advising City financial & insurance institutions, unions, as well as working for a venture capital backed enterprise. She has extensive experience of various aspects of the media, including at one of the largest global communications networks (Publicis Groupe S.A.), before becoming the global GC for a media tech company, where she worked on a number of international acquisitions. She was also the personal lawyer for an ultra-high net worth international family, as well as a stint working for Airbnb EMEA. She is currently consulting for a multinational electrical equipment corporation in a global role.
In a number of different settings
Her work with the family led to experience of setting the strategy for a Swiss Private Bank; property portfolios and trusts, as well as regularly assessing potential investment opportunities. The Publicis Groupe worked on a shared service model, enabling the individual brands (eg Saatchi & Saatchi, Sapient, Starcom Media) to retain a significant degree of independence, which meant working with large and small brands within the group. As Global GC, she was used to problem solving in unfamiliar jurisdictions, and dealing with unexpected challenges such as the Russia/Ukraine situation.
Nicola is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and lives in Central London. She enjoys both City breaks as well as trekking to such places as Kilimanjaro, the Lost City in Colombia, and Roraima in Venezuela. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has also undertaken a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training certification (RYA200). She holds a mini-MBA from Birkbeck, University of London, and is an accredited workplace mediator. She is an NED for a social enterprise supporting financially disadvantaged (Clean Slate) and volunteers for a charity, Zero Gravity, which mentors high achieving sixth formers from low-income backgrounds into university and their first jobs.

Career summary

Consultant (various)
Currently in a global legal role at ABB
2021 - 2022
Equibity PLC
Global Group General Counsel
2020 – 2020
Airbnb EMEA
Interim EMEA Legal Counsel
2017 - 2019
Publicis Groupe S.A. Head of UK Legal
Led a team of 14 legal professionals supporting all group agencies in the UK & Ireland.
2016 - 2017
SP Hinduja Private Family Office, General Counsel
Provided general commercial/business and legal support on a local & international basis.
2008 - 2016
Publicis Groupe S.A. Head of UK Employment
Established and provided the employment law support for all UK& Ireland brands in the Group.
2006 - 2008
Plexus Law Ltd. Partner and Head of Dept
Created and ran the employment law department of this City insurance firm
2004 - 2006
M Law LLP Partner
A media boutique law firm which was a breakaway from Charles Russell
1998 - 2004
Charles Russell LLP Assistant Solicitor
Part of the employment department of this International City law firm.
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