Nikki is the City Law School's Associate Dean (Global Engagement).
She directs the CLS Death Penalty Research Clinic, and teaches student barristers as a Senior Lecturer on the Bar Course (BVS).
Prior to joining City, Nikki qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales, and practised criminal law in both UK and international settings. Domestically, she defended at the nationally- regarded London firm, Taylor Nichol, with a caseload including drugs supply, rape, and conspiracy to murder, and specialised in trials involving juveniles. At an international level, she acted as defence legal assistant at war crimes trials at International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (Limaj) in the Hague and the Special Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone (RUF).
Nikki is experienced in fragile settings and has substantial experience of partnerships in a range of jurisdictions, including: lecturing for UNDP Somalia at University of Hargeisa; consulting for death row defence lawyers in USA and Pakistan; creating an access to justice programme to empower unlawfully detained prisoners in Malawi; and founding a UK- South African collaboration to upskill the next generation of human rights lawyers, funded by BERTHA Foundation.
-Vice-Chancellor's Award for International Collaboration of the Year 2016
- President's Award for International Collaboration of the Year 2017
- Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008: A Guide to the New Law, A. Burns & N. Walsh (The Law Society, 2008)
- The City Law School Manuals: Criminal Litigation & Sentencing; and Remedies (contributing author) (OUP, 2016)