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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

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Cathryn Selby

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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Partner and head of dispute resolution. Areas of expertise include commercial litigation, including business and share sale disputes; breach of warranty claims; contractual disputes; minority shareholder actions; insurance disputes; civil fraud cases; contentious construction claims; shareholder and partnership disputes.

Cathryn also specialises in professional negligence, including mishandled litigation, tax advice, commercial property transactions, mergers and acquisitions, pension disputes, financial litigation including hedging claims and financial product mis-selling, professional indemnity disputes, professional fee disputes, complaints and regulatory matters. 

Cathryn regularly delivers seminars to clients and intermediaries and is consultant editor for the professional negligence division of Simons Taxes.


Trained Halliwell Landau; qualified 1995; partner Nelsons 2012. Solicitor/trainee solicitor at Halliwell Landau, Manchester, 1993-96; solicitor at James Chapman & Co, Manchester 1996-97; partner and head of professional negligence at Pannone & Partners, Manchester 1997-2004; associate and head of commercial litigation Sheffield and national head of professional negligence at Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield 2004-11; partner and head of commercial litigation at Shakespeares, Nottingham 2011-12. Publications of note: consultant editor of the Professional Negligence section of Simons Taxes.


Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.


Mortimer Wilson; University of Manchester (1992 LLB Degree in Law); Chester College of Law (1993 Law Society Final Examinations).


Travel, reading, walking, food, cinema.

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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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Nelsons Solicitors Limited fields a wide-ranging practice and has a strong track record in assisting with complex high-value High Court litigation. The Derby-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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East Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

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: Real estate


Within: Construction

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 practicalCathryn Selby leads the team.

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