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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work 0115 958 6262
Derby, Leicester, Nottingham

Simon Trees

Work 0115 989 5275
Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Partner. Areas of practice are asset, invoice and banking finance in which he has over 13 years' experience, including asset and finance litigation, recovery of assets, securing payment, international and national recovery.

Simon also specialises in property disputes, including commercial rent and service charge recovery; possession proceedings, distraint and forfeiture; repair claims (dilapidations) during a lease and at the determination of a lease; actions relating to breaches of covenant; break options; recovery of land or premises from unlawful occupiers or squatters; boundaries, rights of way or nuisance claims; adverse possession actions and Party Walls Act disputes.

Simon’s practice areas also include insolvency litigation such as recovery of property and assets on behalf of insolvency practitioners; administrations, receiverships and liquidations; CVAs; IVAs; director disqualification; bankruptcy; reservation of title; implications for landlords – tenant insolvency; corporate rescue and recovery; commercial litigation; and professional negligence.


Trained William Vaughan & Partners; qualified 2000; partner Nelsons 2011.


Monkwearmouth College, Shiney Row; De Montfort University (1997 Law Degree LLB 2:2; 2000 Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice LPC Commendation).


A huge motorsport fan, and regularly attend track days in my own car.

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

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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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

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 robustKevin 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: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

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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