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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work 0115 958 6262
Derby, Leicester, Nottingham

Harpreet Sandhu

Work 0800 028 2049
Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work Department

Commerce and Technology.


Partner. Areas of expertise are commercial agreements, IT and intellectual property law, including product development, dupply and purchasing arrangements, distribution and agency relationships, franchising, outsourcing, IT projects, software development, licensing and maintenance, ownership, protection and licensing of all forms of intellectual property, research (academic and industry), collaborations (domestic and international), patent and know-how licensing, material transfers, all aspects of selling online, data protection and freedom of information, anti-bribery compliance and consumer rights compliance for the higher education sector.


Previous experience in private practice and in-house at an East Midlands university, helping the university protect and exploit its know-how and intellectual property. Made Partner at Nelsons in June 2017.

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

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

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)

Within: Private finance initiative (PFI)

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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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 Stewart Vandermark, who now acts as the firm’s CEO.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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. ‘PowerhouseEmma 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.

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Within: Sport

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 ‘methodicalMartin 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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