“A brand is an enduring asset. But it’s only as strong as the trade mark behind it”

Nicola discovered her passion for IP earlier than most. As a young lawyer, those around her quickly noticed her knack for navigating the intricacies of trade mark law – a skill that usually takes years to develop.

Fast-forward twenty years and Nicola is still driven by the thrill of learning something new and tackling a complex case.  

Although every client’s needs are different, there are some fundamentals that Nicola maintains are critical. “To get the strongest trade mark protection, we need to look from the end of the process and then formulate a strategy of how to get there. This means that clients get meaningful and enforceable protection.”

With extensive experience both here and overseas, Nicola provides strategic advice on a wide range of trade mark issues for banking, FMCG, food service, fashion, pharmaceutical and SME clients.

She’s renowned for her thoroughness, straightforward advice and in depth understanding of trade mark issues – particularly the varying requirements of different countries around the world.


  • Bachelor of Law – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa 


  • 2021

    Recognised WIPR Leader

    WIPR Leaders

  • 2014-2021

    Recommended for Prosecution and Strategy

    World Trademark Review 1000