Nicola Kerr is a Partner in Brown Rudnick’s Corporate and Employment Practice Groups.

She advises employers and senior executives of banks, private equity houses, hedge funds, broker-dealers and family offices on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. Nicola has particular experience in the following areas:

  • High value executive severance
  • Boardroom disputes
  • Restrictive covenants and Team moves
  • Partnerships and LLPs
  • Discrimination
  • Whistle blowing
  • Redundancy and Collective consultation
  • Employment law aspects of major corporate transactions
  • Business transfers and the impact of TUPE –Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations
  • Confidentiality and Data protection
  • Disciplinary and Grievance issues
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Drafting
  • Strategic issues

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Nicola was a partner and head of the European employment practice at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) for over 15 years.



Emmanuel College, Cambridge – B.A., Law, 1985

Bar Admissions

England & Wales
Employment Lawyers Association
Awards and Honors
Chambers & Partners UK 2020 ranks Nicola in Band 3 in Employment: Senior Executive. Nicola is "a really thoughtful and supportive lawyer who provides excellent advice."
Chambers & Partners UK 2019 ranks Nicola in Band 3 in Employment: Senior Executive. Nicola is "very empathetic from the outset and is very experienced, which was reassuring and encouraging."
Chambers & Partners UK 2018 ranks Nicola in Band 3 in Employment: Senior Executive. Nicola "is very attentive, always makes herself available and has a straightforward and pragmatic approach." She advises both senior executives and employers on employment law matters.
Chambers and Partners UK ranks Nicola in Employment: Senior Executive and clients assert that she is "assured, with the ability to help clients feel relaxed and in control."
Legal 500 said: “Incredibly commercial” and “superb department head with the ability to read difficult situations well”
Nicola is ranked in Best Lawyers 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Nicola is rated by Super Lawyers.
Selected for inclusion in the Thomson Reuters' London Super Lawyers List 2013 - 2015. The list recognises solicitors who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice and was published in various publications (including in a supplement to both the Telegraph magazine and the Law Society Gazette). It is limited to only 5% of solicitors within London.
Nicola has been selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2019 Award for "Employment Law".