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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

PENNINE HOUSE, 8 STANFORD STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 7BQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0115 958 6262
DX:
10029 NOTTINGHAM-1
Email:
Web:
www.nelsonslaw.co.uk
Derby, Leicester, Nottingham

East Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited  focuses on advising rail-sector clients with employment, commercial property and corporate matters. Corporate expert Duncan Taylor leads the team, which includes employment specialist Andy Jamieson  and employment associate Melanie Morton, all in Nottingham, as well as Leicester-based commercial property associate Peter Rees. The team recently acted for logistics providers, a railway engineering player and a bus company. Employment director Keeley Baigent left to found her own practice.

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of corporate finance work, with mergers, acquisitions and disposals all key areas of activity. It also handles a range of management buyouts, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Corporate practice head Duncan Taylor acted alongside banking and finance partner Michael Lodge to advise Prime Life on funding from Barclays for the acquisition of the entire share capital of Greenacres Nursing Homes. Taylor led advice for Gill Marine Holdings on the refinancing necessary for the acquisition of its North American distributor. On the commercial front, the practice handles an array of IT-related work, a key specialism of recently promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu who leads the commerce and technology team. David Kaplan is also noted. Other clients include PKF Cooper Parry, I C Electrical and Gee Tee Signs.

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited handles a broad spread of corporate transactions, ranging from acquisitions, disposals and mergers to management buyouts, refinancing matters, corporate reorganisations and shareholder agreements. Joint venture instructions, especially from developers of local private rental and student developments, represent an increasing share of Leicester-based corporate head Davinder Jaspal's caseload. Newly promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu heads the commerce and technology team and is particularly adept at intellectual property licensing, franchising, and IT and outsourcing issues. Lisa Botterill joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘excellent’ team has notable expertise in construction, debt recovery, insolvency, professional negligence, IT and intellectual property and commercial property disputes, leveraging the firm's wider practices in these areas where necessary. Headed by Cathryn Selby, the group is especially well placed to handle professional negligence and construction claims, though Selby also has a strong track record in handling disputes concerning commercial contracts, financial services, insurance and unfair prejudice. The ‘extremely pragmatic and efficient’ Simon Trees is noted for his specialism in insolvency-related work and commercial property.  Chris Adams is also noted.

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited fields a wide-ranging practice and has a strong track record in assisting with complex high-value High Court litigation. The Nottingham-based Cathryn Selby heads the team whose main practitioner in Leicester is Jon Roberts who distinguishes himself from his competitors through his extensive advocacy experience. Roberts’ specialisms include commercial contract litigation, professional negligence claims, partnership disputes and civil fraud. Expertise in trusts, probate and property litigation comes from associate Lewis Addison.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited delivers ‘excellent service’ and focuses on providing B2B debt recovery advice to commercial clients nationwide. Associate Simon Key heads the practice, which recently attracted a number of new clients, partly thanks to its specialism in international debt recovery matters. Clients include businesses based outside the UK, English companies doing business abroad, and residential landlords.

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Lauded for its ‘robust general knowledge’, Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition and property finance, asset finance and refinance issues. The team’s portfolio of expertise includes bilateral and syndicated funding, including corresponding securities and subordination issues. Finance litigation work is another key pillar. Michael Lodge heads the practice, which includes Davinder Jaspal, David Kaplan and Simon Trees. In a recent highlight, the team advised National Westminster Bank on the financing of its acquisition of Cobb Burgin by HSKS Greenhalgh. The client list also features Nottingham Building Society, RBS Invoice Finance and Svenska Handelsbanken.

Leading individuals

Michael Lodge - Nelsons Solicitors Limited

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s team possesses ‘a wealth of knowledge’ and impresses with ‘speedy responses’ and its ability to ‘quickly grasp the crux of the matter’. Adept at both contentious and non-contentious work, the team handles the full range of insolvency-related mandates, with newly-appointed practice head Simon Trees and the ‘very knowledgeable and robust’ Kevin Modiri the key advisers on the contentious side. Other key figures include Rachel McCahill, who has a focus on advisory work. In addition to acting for the joint liquidators of Ilkeston FC in the sale of the club’s business and assets, the group also assisted with the placing of Twintec into administration, the subsequent sale of the business and assets and the ensuing high-profile litigation. Stewart Vandermark is now the CEO of the firm.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is rated for its ‘excellent support’ and ‘professional expertise’. Headed by Laura Kearsley and featuring Andy Jamieson and Lindsey Harrison-Grimes, the group handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from industrial relations, whistleblowing and TUPE issues, to redundancy and reorganisation matters and senior executive exits. It also provides strategic HR advice and assistance with disciplinary and grievance hearings and employee consultations. Recent work includes successfully defending a multi-day age discrimination and unfair dismissal claim, and advising on the drafting and negotation of settlement agreements in the course of senior executive exits. The department’s list of clients from the education sector continues to grow, although clients span a broad range of sectors. Jenny Kinman retired while Keeley Baigent left to found ksabLAW.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's ‘excellent’ team provides ‘a first-class service for claimants’. The ‘highly specialised and dedicated’ group is noted for its particular expertise in the more serious cases, such as birth, brain and spinal injuries. Multi-party actions are an area of particular strength, as is inquest-related litigation. Lisa Preece  (‘a shrewd tactician’) leads the team, which includes the ‘vastly experienced and unflappable’ Bruce Williams, who has a sizeable personal injury caseload and is ‘a top performer in the field of clinical negligence’. Chris Stansfield and the ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ Julie Walker are other key personal injury practitioners. On the clinical negligence side, Matthew Olner ‘is highly experienced and a safe pair of hands in more complex cases’, with ‘a good knack for settlement and strategy’. Associate Baishali Clayton ‘is a real fighter’ and recently represented a client in a clinical negligence case concerning the death of the client’s baby after doctors made a two-inch deep cut into the baby’s skull during a caesarean section, causing the baby to haemorrhage.

Leading individuals

Bruce Williams - Nelsons Solicitors Limited

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited recently bolstered its professional negligence practice with the addition of Daniel Brumpton from Berg. The group is experienced in claims against solicitors and barristers, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers. Practice head Cathryn Selby specialises in financial services and insurance litigation. The practice acts primarily for claimants but also handles defendant work.

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited provides ‘excellent service at all levels’. Practice head James Coningsby is particularly noted for his property expertise, although the team handles employment, corporate and education matters, as well as contentious and non-contentious probate and trust mandates. Court of Protection specialist Richard Grosberg is also recommended. Clients include the McNally Browson Foundation which the team advised on its obligations under trust and charity law, and the Nottingham Industrial Museum, which instructed the group to assist with ongoing charity advice and administration services. The National Space Centre and the Congregational Federation are also clients.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

‘A strong regional practice’, Nelsons Solicitors Limited handles a broad range of trusts and probate litigation, including claims under the Inheritance Act, will disputes and capacity issues. Key figures include practice head and ‘very able lawyer’ Kevin Modiri and ‘considered and calm’ associate Lewis Addison, a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists. Recent work includes representing a client in a claim under the Inheritance Act, assisting another client with a will challenge and defending a client against claims in relation to property ownership.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘well-regarded’ team ‘has a strong family law offering’ with financial relief cases and complex children proceedings at the heart of the caseload. Acting primarily for high-net-worth individuals, often in cross-jurisdictional mandates, the group demonstrates strength in a vast array of matters, including cohabitation disputes, a specialism of the ‘absolutely brilliant’ Kelvin Henderson who succeeded Jayne Chilvers as practice head. ‘Highly regarded childcare practitioner’ Melanie Bridgen is the head of the children law team. Victor Collins, ‘very solid all-rounder’ Emma Davies and associate Layla Babadi are also noted.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘exceptional service level’ and ‘strength-in-depth’ make it a popular choice for clients seeking inheritance tax advice or assistance with trust administration and a broad range of other asset protection issues. Jane Sutherland took over as practice head from Andrew Birchall who joined Gamlins Solicitors. The firm also fields an investment management group, now headed by financial adviser John Stanley, and a Court of Protection team under the lead of Richard Grosberg. Helen Salisbury made partner.

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)
Private finance initiative (PFI) - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's mainstays are commercial contract and commercial property work, with recently promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu and Martin Jinks the key practitioners. Recent work includes advice in relation to the operation of power plants, transactional work, and a significant number of litigation instructions.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's ‘very good’ team takes on a broad spectrum of instructions, ranging from academy conversions to employment law advice, corporate governance, commercial issues and property-related mandates. Child protection and safeguarding, admission policies and disciplinary issues are other key areas. Laura Kearsley heads the team that includes ‘very competent’ barrister Ian Jones. The client base consists of a mix of schools, colleges, higher education and further education institutions as well as governing bodies, teachers and parents.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s core areas include banking and property finance, property instructions in the healthcare sector and residential development. It is also active in office and retail matters, including refinancings, acquisitions of industrial property and landlord and tenant work. Recent highlights include advising Fairgrove Homes and Redrow Homes East Midlands on residential development matters. Practice head Riaz Dudhia and Martin Jinks are the main advisers. Other clients include Cambridge & Counties Bank and Giant UK.

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited specialises in property finance, residential development and property work in the charities and education sectors. James Coningsby, the main adviser in the Leicester office, is especially well-versed in urban development work, but the team also fields a strong practice in refinancing work. Led by Coningsby, the group recently advised Abode Hallam on the disposal of a £32m PRS Development in Sheffield by way of forward funding sale, leveraging the team’s construction and planning expertise. In other work, the department acted for GS Developments on its £2.35m acquisition of a development site at Abbey Meadows in Leicester. Aimrok Holdings, Shalis and Kenworth also instructed the team. Associate Ian Sanders joined BHW Solicitors.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘very strong’ team ‘has an excellent understanding of the various dispute resolution mechanisms used in the construction industry’, and also handles non-contentious matters. The client list includes contractors and specialist sub-contractors, funders, and developers as well as professional service providers. Recent non-contentious work includes advising Abode Hallam on the construction aspects of the disposal of a £32m PRS Development in Sheffield. The ‘highly responsive’ and ‘highly practical’ Cathryn Selby leads the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited offers ‘excellent overall service’ and boasts broad property litigation expertise, ranging from landlord and tenant disputes to developer property disputes, and issues pertaining to planning, and compulsory purchase orders. Practice head Simon Waterfield ‘has a calm and pragmatic approach to matters’ and has carved out a niche in public and private rights of way disputes on top of his strong record in landlord and tenant work. Simon Trees recently represented a claimant business in relation to commercial premises purchased subject to a right of way by easement, involving issues regarding the obstruction and re-opening of a passageway.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Outsourcing and IT projects are key areas of expertise at Nelsons Solicitors Limited , particularly in the technology sector, but the group is also adept at advising on software development agreements, licencing and maintenance agreements, and instructions from the e-commerce sector. Data protection law is another string to the team’s bow, with advice on General Data Protection Regulation compliance in especially high demand. Newly promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu took over the lead of the practice from the now retired Jim Carter, while Emma Ward, who also recently made partner, took over the lead on the contentious side from Steward Vandermark, who now acts as the firm’s CEO.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's ‘focused and talented’ team provides ‘excellent and prompt service’, specialising in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and design right work, but the group’s portfolio of experience also includes patent and passing off instructions. ‘Powerhouse’ Emma Ward, ‘an exceptional lawyer’ who is ‘frighteningly efficient with laser-like focus on both the big picture and the minute details of a case’, co-directs the practice with Harpreet Sandhu whose core expertise lies in non-contentious work. Both Ward and Sandhu made partner. The recent caseload includes design right, copyright and trade mark infringement instructions alongside a passing off mandate and assistance with the drafting of an IP and know-how licence agreement. Jim Carter retired and Stewart Vandermark  is now CEO at the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Emma Ward - Nelsons Solicitors Limited

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is ‘excellent in every way’ and assists regional companies in the sports sector with corporate, commercial, employment and commercial property matters. With the promotion of Leicester’s Harpreet Sandhu to partner, the team around Nottingham-based practice head Duncan Taylor has bolstered its commercial, intellectual property and IT expertise. Other key advisers are the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘methodical’ Martin Jinks in Derby and Andy Jamieson in Nottingham. Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Union Football Club mandated the firm to advise on the lease of a piece of land adjacent to the Club’s rugby pitch.

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