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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work 0116 222 6666
Fax 0116 222 6650
141220 LEICESTER 19
Derby, Leicester, Nottingham

Laura Kearsley

Work 0116 214 6889
Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work Department



Partner and head of employment and education. Areas of practice include employment tribunal litigation including hearing advocacy; discipline and grievance issues; unfair and constructive unfair dismissal claims; restructuring, redundancy and transfer of undertakings issues; all forms of discrimination including disability, race, sex and religion; employment contracts, handbooks and policies and industrial relations issues.

Laura was The Lawyer Assistant Solicitor of the year 2011, Birmingham Law Society Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year 2010, and won the Women on their Way: Woman in Law award in 2009.


Trained Allen & Overy LLP; qualified 2005; partner Nelsons 2012. Previously at Weightmans LLP progressing from solicitor to associate solicitor/business centre manager. Publications of note: Employment Law Journal.


Employment Lawyers Association; former chair of the West Midlands Association of Women Solicitors.


Fernwood Comprehensive School; Bilborough College; University of Birmingham (2001 Law LLB, 2:1); Nottingham Law School (2002 Legal Practice Course, Commendation).


Running, active gym member, cinema, eating out, reading and cooking.

East Midlands: Human resources


Within: Employment

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: Public sector


Within: Education

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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