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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

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Nelsons is a leading law firm with offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

They provide support and advice to businesses, individuals and families with their legal and investment needs. Recognised by independently researched publications, Nelsons features in The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report of the UK’s largest 200 law firms.

This rapidly expanding East Midlands firm provides specialists in nearly every aspect of commercial and personal law as well as market-leading online services. Expertise includes corporate and employment law, dispute resolution, personal injury, private client work, real estate and family law.

The firm: Nelsons was formed in 1983 as an independent partnership with Tim Hastings and two other solicitors in a small Nottingham office. In June 2017, Nelsons’ succession plan was announced which saw Partner Stewart Vandermark become Chief Executive. Tim Hastings, who had been Chief Executive since 2003, became Chairman and remains a member of the board, working alongside Stewart.

The practice has expanded successfully to become one of the leading law firms in the region, and now employs just under 200 people across the East Midlands. Its growth has been largely the result of strategic mergers and acquisitions. In 1999 and 2000 it expanded into Derby and Leicester and in just 18 months acquired seven smaller firms. The firm’s latest acquisition in April 2015 was the historic Derby firm Moody and Woolley.

Nelsons is embedded in the communities of the East Midlands as a provider of dependable and expert legal advice, delivered in an efficient and straightforward manner and tailored to the needs of each client. Its individual solicitors, well respected and professional, are its brightest assets. The firm is able to attract the best talent through its commitment to being an excellent employer.

Nelsons’ specialist experience and the depth of its resources enable it to offer services to other solicitors through Fusion Legal, a referrals and support network for law firms. The practice is accredited by Lexcel, which confirms the commitment of everyone at Nelsons to providing clients with the superior service which they are entitled to expect.

Types of work undertaken:

  • Business services cover all aspects of banking and finance and corporate services.
  • Expertise also covers commerce and technology, commercial property, construction and engineering, franchising and intellectual property.
  • Nelsons has one of the largest disputes and debt teams in the East Midlands.
  • Commercial disputes expertise includes contract claims, fraud and asset recovery, IP matters, partnership disputes, and shareholder and director disputes.
  • Nelsons also specialises in debt recovery, pre-legal services, corporate and personal restructuring and insolvency, property litigation and professional negligence.
  • Personal disputes are a particular area of expertise, including contract claims, inheritance claims and judicial review.
  • The HR and employment team focuses on all aspects of employee rights and workforce management issues for business clients.
  • Accident claims are a particular specialism, including accidents in public places, road traffic accidents, asbestos claims, brain and head injuries, defective products and group actions.
  • Clinical negligence is also a major area of expertise.
  • Nelsons' family team is one of the largest in the East Midlands, with expertise including divorce and separation, domestic violence and matters relating to children.
  • Elderly client services include residential care planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection issues.
  • All aspects of wills, trusts and probate, as well as domestic conveyancing, are specialisms.
  • Investment management expertise includes bonds, ISAs, keyman insurance, life insurance, pension planning, PEPs, unit trusts and OEICs.
  • Nelsons also advises clients based in the charities, education and health and care sectors.

In coming years Nelsons will execute a clear strategic plan to strengthen its position as a leading regional practice, including expansion through organic growth by acquiring high-calibre lawyers as well as by merger and acquisition.

  • Number of UK partners: 46
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 98
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Real estate: 18
  • Corporate : 9.2
  • Employment : 3.5
  • Family : 11.6
  • Dispute resolution: 24
  • Private client: 19.8
  • Personal injury : 13.7
  • Other: 0.7

  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

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