Nicole began her career at the Independent Bar, practising for approximately ten years in criminal and general common law, before moving to an in-house role with a firm of solicitors, to focus on professional regulation. For over fifteen years she has provided advice to professional regulators and similar organisations, and has acted as advocate before disciplinary and regulatory committees.
Nicole is a specialist in regulatory and disciplinary law, with particular emphasis on healthcare, veterinary and equine work. She frequently appears as advocate before disciplinary committees, and has conduct of regulatory appeals, including to the Privy Council. Nicole advises regulators on judicial review and policy matters, and reviews their rules, regulations and guidance documents. She is experienced in advising both statutory and non-statutory regulatory bodies. Nicole regularly undertakes audit work for regulators and provides training programmes for regulators and committee members.
In 2015 Nicole was appointed independent member of the GDC’s Quality Assurance Group and in 2016 she was appointed Legal Assessor to the GOsC’s statutory committees.
Called to the Bar
- MA Law (Cantab)
- Committee of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- Editorial board, ARDL bulletin
- Judicial Committee of the Privy Council User Group
- Serpentine Swimming Club
Chambers/ Legal 500 rankings
In the field of Professional Discipline, Nicole is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers and Partners and as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500.
Chambers and Partners 2021:
“She is an exceptionally bright lawyer who provides accurate, timely, easily understood and practical advice on all aspects of regulatory law. She is an outstanding advocate before disciplinary committees and a recognised leader in the field of regulation.”
Legal 500 2021:
"Nicole Curtis is a consummate professional, never fazed by a challenge, comfortable with complexity and able to get to the heart of the matter, and quickly. Her advocacy is impressive, she is able to present a case such that the key evidence is readily digestible to a panel of lay and professional members of varying experience".