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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

‘Professionals second to none’ and ‘the best in every aspect’, Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s‘ well-established Nottingham and Derby practice retains its market leading position in personal injury claimant work, and particularly, in the case of severe and catastrophic injuries. Lisa Preece spearheads the medico-legal practice as specialises in child and adult brain injury claims, and cases involving severe orthopaedic injuries to include traumatic amputation. Also acting for children, Bruce Williams is another specialist for brain and spinal injuries. Other noted figures include Matthew Olner, Dianne Collins (a ‘tenacious pioneer’), Carolle White, and Baishali Clayton, who has developed a specialism in stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Preece


‘Carolle White, who is an empathetic and diligent solicitor. She provides good and comprehensive instructions, is always available to speak about a case and has an excellent rapport with clients.’

‘The case has been dealt with by Bruce Williams who has always been available and happy to answer any questions and explained how these type of cases progress and what are the next steps.’

‘Genuine caring compassionate, Nelsons are the best in every aspect – professionals second to none. A rare gem.’

‘Dianne Collins who is an outstanding Senior Associate and Solicitor. Dianne did an enormous amount of groundwork, familiarised herself with the facts, the client becomes her client and she makes herself readily accessible and available. In my view, the main difference from other firms is that the client has a direct line of contact to the solicitor. Particularly with Dianne, there is a public spirited commitment and sense of duty for justice and righting of wrongs which overrides financial issues in relation to time and fees.’

‘From first contact with Dianne Collins she was supportive and inspired confidence. She demonstrated an amazing ability to identify main points and get straight to the nub of the issue in a sympathetic, understanding and pragmatic manner. Her advice was sound and balanced, outlining pros and cons. I think of Dianne Collins as a tenacious pioneer who contributed greatly towards paving the way for other historic cases.’

‘Baishali Clayton was professional, compassionate and very kind. Through Mrs Clayton, I got the answers that I desperately needed. I have so much admiration for Mrs Clayton and always will. She is a huge asset to Nelson’s.’

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The multidisciplinary practice at Nelsons Solicitors Limited combines the expertise of its dispute resolution, employment, private client, corporate and real estate groups. Kevin Modiri focuses on contentious probate and privacy issues, and is assisted by associate Craig Staten-Spencer, who has considerable experience advising Almshouses and local charities.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:


‘It’s reassuring to know that the practice is multidisciplined in addition to the specific areas of knowledge that advice is being sought on.’

‘Nelsons has a very competent team who provide sound advice and administration skills’

‘All members of the team are competent and good to deal with, keeping all Trust matters in good order and up to date.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s robust contentious trusts and probate practice is regularly involved in disputes involving estates worth in excess of 7 figures. Kevin Modiri, based in Nottingham and Derby, is the firms’ main specialist for claims under the Inheritance Act, with associate Lewis Hastie primarily representing individual clients in contentious probate claims and Court of Protection cases. Mediator Lewis Addison leads the Leicester team.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Addison; Lewis Hastie


‘Lewis Addison and his team have significant experience of this area and their advice is always pragmatic and relevant. Good at negotiating settlements. Their profile should be higher given the quality of their work.’

‘Lewis Addison is very good at choosing the moment to negotiate, and always approaches a mediation with a well thought out strategy. His clients are always well prepared for a negotiation.’

‘The solicitors that work for Nelsons are all perfectionist who work hard to sort out your cases and are also caring people taking you through was is happening with everything.’

‘I would like to say that Mr. Modiri was one of the best solicitors I know he sorted my case out that was very difficult from the start to finish he kept me informed about everything and put my mind at rest.’

‘Lewis Hastie robust but considered and intelligent approach.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

Midlands powerhouse Nelsons Solicitors Limited houses family law specialists in each of its three offices, led by Emma Davies (in Nottingham); Melanie Bridgen(Derby) and Glynis Wright (Leicester). The firm is particularly recommended for its capabilities in dealing with international children law cases, a specialism of Bridgen, as well as, surrogacy, unravelling trusts, complex business arrangements and divorce. ‘Outstanding‘ director Gayle Rowley has built up a specialisation in financial remedies and private children law.

Practice head(s):

Emma Davies; Melanie Bridgen; Glynis Wright

Other key lawyers:


‘Nothing is too much trouble for Melanie Bridgen and she is a calming presence when things seem overwhelming. Thanks to Melanie and Nelsons my child is safe. I thank my lucky stars that I had Melanie fighting my corner.’

‘Emma Davies supported me massively and was approachable, friendly, punctual and provided innovative options. I could not recommend her highly enough, she is simply amazing.’

‘Gail Rowley is outstanding. She was efficient and effective dealing with the other party in my family law matter.’

‘Gayle Rowley works exceptionally hard and is very conscientious. She will do as much as she can to achieve a positive result for clients, whilst also being realistic with them as to the potential outcome.’

‘Glynis Wright – Effortlessly precise and thorough. Incredible attention to detail and highly experienced. Deals with wealthy and non wealthy cases with same attention. An amazing force to have on your side. Fair and down to earth.’

‘Melanie Bridgen is a star performer, excellent manner with clients and a good grasp of the law.’

‘Nelsons Law is a leading firm in family law. They represent people from all walks of life and always give 110% to all of their cases. Their diversity is exceptional. Unlike other solicitors they are always on hand to speak by phone or email, night or day or weekend. They will take the most challenging pro bono cases to ensure that clients have the best representation and advocacy.’

‘Melanie Bridgen is an exceptional family law solicitor. I have had the privilege of working with her for almost a decade now. Her case preparation is outstanding, she always goes the extra mile for clients and is totally dedicated to her clients. Her commitment shines through because she secures excellent results. She is a formidable opponent and a highly sought after solicitor.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 2

Chris Rees heads Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s Leicester corporate practice where he leverages 21 years transactional experience supporting buyers, sellers, banks, investors, SMEs and corporates in all facets of company law and corporate finance. Harpreet Sandhu, who operates between Nottingham and Leicester, heads the commercial offering; advising on commercial agreements and technology-led projects. Senior associate Ziaur Rahman has a niche in advising on corporate charity and third sector matters, management buy-outs and specialist partnership agreements.

Practice head(s):

Chris Rees; Harpreet Sandhu

Other key lawyers:


‘Definitely the best corporate and commercial team in the East Midlands.’

‘I would virtually consider Ziaur Rahman as part of our team, he is always available if required and is very much focussed on solving clients issues in a simple and straight forward manner.’

Key clients

Prime Life Limited

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Nucleus Property Finance Limited

Nucleus Cash Flow Finance Limited

Nucleus Business Cash Advance Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

4Syte Structured Finance Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

At Nelsons Solicitors Limited, Nottingham-based Duncan Taylor is a well-known figure in the East Midlands market; he handles all aspects of corporate law and primary acts for buyers, sellers and client companies taking investment. In Derby, David Kaplan has over 20 years’ experience advising multi-national aerospace businesses, large healthcare operators and local engineering and manufacturing groups on commercial matters. Harpreet Sandhu is the lead commercial partner.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Taylor; David Kaplan; Harpreet Sandhu


‘Personal service by professional people with a comprehensive service offering. Good use of technology particularly when in house meeting were not available.’

Key clients

Badgemaster Limited

Ekkosense Limited

Cornshire Limited

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC

Nottingham Rugby Limited

Talkstaff Limited

Cooper Parry

Prime Life Limited

Rushcliffe Care Limited

Alltruck plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders in the sale of their respective shareholdings in their two jointly owned companies, Welfare 4 Hire Limited and Surrey Hire & Sales Limited to separate buyers.
  • Acted for the buying management team of Greenzone Facilities Management Limited which consisted of two separate share acquisitions.  

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Practice head Andy Rudkin, who ‘goes over and above to secure the best outcome’ for clients, joined Nelsons Solicitors Limited in Leicester in December 2020, effectively opening up a commercial litigation practice at the firm. Since, the team has acted on a wide variety of commercial disputes, such as shareholder disputes and contractual disputes, for clients from various sectors, including healthcare, construction, aviation and engineering. The team has niche specialisms in disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions as well as disputes surrounding second tier lenders and partnership disputes in doctors and dental practices.

Practice head(s):

Andy Rudkin


‘Nelsons are our go to law firm for England and Wales, they provide pragmatic and commercially aware legal advice. From our straightforward all the way through to our most complex and high value matters, Andy Rudkin approaches our cases diligently and is always responsive.’

‘Andy Rudkin is an individual with whom we have great rapport and trust with. Throughout our longstanding relationship, of over 10 years, we have benefited greatly from his valuable judgment and advice. Nothing is too much to ask and he goes over and above to secure the best outcome for us.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

The client base of Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s commercial litigation team comprises predominantly East Midlands based businesses as well as a number of companies from throughout the UK. Cathryn Selby heads the general dispute resolution team, within which Jon Roberts is the head of the commercial litigation group. Selby is experienced in commercial contract disputes, as is Nottingham-based Simon Key, while Roberts specialises in fraud cases as well as commercial litigation in the construction industry.

Practice head(s):

Jon Roberts; Cathryn Selby

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘brilliant’ debt recovery team comprises debt collectors, credit controllers as well as legal practitioners who assist clients in all debt recovery matters, predominantly in the B2B space and with particular strengths in the consumer debt market. The legal services range from the pre-action collection process to the pursuing of court proceedings, the securing of judgments for clients as well as the enforcement of judgments. Clients hail from across the UK and cover various sectors, such as healthcare, financial services and engineering. The practice is headed by Simon Key with Kelly Bevan heading the day-to-day practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Key; Kelly Bevan


‘We use their debt collection department for debts we struggle to collect. Their system on how to report the debt is very quick and easy. They keep you informed with all correspondence to the debtor. The debt collection department is very knowledgeable on how to pursue the debt. Their billing is very straight forward where they deduct any costs from the money collected which saves you sending payment.’

‘Very prepared and client oriented team. Great communication amongst them, to make sure in case the assigned solicitor has to escalate the matter or is absent for any reasons.’

‘My assigned paralegal has the best one I have ever worked with. He replies promptly and keeps me constantly updated with all the cases he is working on. He managed to contact former clients that were impossible to contact. the communications with him are always friendly but professional and he is always very clear and transparent about the different options. he has my full trust.’

‘They understand our products well and ensure they are familiar with our cases to get the best result for us. They are always well prepared for our meetings, with clear, detailed updates. They are always quick to give us updates on a case by case basis and provide excellent advice to move cases forward.’

‘The team are brilliant, their attention to detail is fantastic.’

Key clients

Hormann UK Limited

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Tokio Marine HCC International (group of companies)

Giant UK Ltd

Moorcroft Debt Recovery Ltd

Fayers Plumbing & Building Supplies Ltd

Freidman FM Limited

Love Brands Limited

Nottingham Industrial Cleaners Limited

Sustainable Drainage Systems Limited

Craftglaze Limited

Employment Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s ‘very professional and competent‘ team of employment specialists is led by Laura Kearsley , an experienced litigator with a proven track record defending clients in a breach of contract, discrimination, whistleblowing and restrictive covenant cases. Kearsley also plays an integral role in growing the team and strengthening its presence in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, and has welcomed senior associate Beth Bearder, in addition to two associates, to bolster its multi-locational group. Directors Melanie Morton and Peter Nicholson have a balanced litigious and non-contentious practice, advising on issues such as including HR policies, disciplinary and grievances procedures, restructuring, TUPE and representation in employment tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Laura Kearsley


‘There is a good mix of knowledge and the team works very well together. Clear costs brackets is new and very useful in understand the support we get.’

‘Laura Kearsley goes the extra mile. The team as a whole are very professional and competent.’

‘They are personable and build good long lasting relationships, you can have good conversations in language that is easy to understand, along with understanding the risks.’

‘Laura Kearsley is our main point of contact and is excellent. Knows her stuff, communicates in non-legal speak and always provides solutions. She manages a very good team who are all highly capable.’

‘Beth Bearder is an extremely amenable advisor who takes the time to listen to and understand the needs and wants of her clients. She gives impartial, balanced guidance and sets out the various risks associated with different approaches to any given situation. I find her counsel invaluable.’

‘Melanie Morton is particularly good. She manages to balance the legal advice with commercial requirements of our business.’

‘Peter is very conscientious, he really cares about our company and always gives great advice and goes the extra mile to help out. A totally professional, personal and caring service is provided by Peter and we would highly recommend him to any new clients.’

Key clients

200 Degrees Limited

Badgemaster Limited

Cucamara Limited

Debut Art Limited

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Distinctive Inns Limited

Dodds Solicitors LLP

East Midlands Diamond Drilling Ltd

Fabrikat (Nottingham) Limited

FC Laser Ltd

Integrity Global Ltd

Kanes Foods Limited

Landmark Planning Limited

Nexor Limited

Nottingham Industrial Cleaners Limited

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Limited

Particle Technology Limited

Prime Life Limited

Raleigh UK Limited

Sherwood Prime Care Limited

Shire Leasing PLC

Summerfield Engineering Limited

Symrise Limited

WQE and Regent College Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Prime Life Limited on a consultation project following the introduction of mandatory vaccination requirements in care homes.
  • Drafted a suite of employment documentation for Symrise Limited, including various new template contracts and a complete employee handbook.
  • Represented Nottingham Industrial Cleaners Limited in Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee relating to a dismissal on grounds of redundancy owing to the impact of COVID-19. Secured a successful outcome for the client, with the former employee failing in his claim and being awarded no compensation.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Chris Rees at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is instructed by leading banks on corporate banking, re-financing and property backed lends. He is also experienced in representing private and overseas lenders and in syndicated loan arrangements, particularly those connected to the property and development sector. James Coningsby is the key contact for real estate and development finance. Both are located in Leicester while over in Derby, David Kaplan is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

David Kaplan; Chris Rees

Other key lawyers:

James Coningsby

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited fields a balanced claimant and defendant professional negligence practice, with clients ranging from high net worth individuals and commercial and property businesses, to professionals in defending claims where there is no insurance cover. The practice is considered a leader in assisting individuals bring claims against their conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing leasehold properties with onerous ground rents. Daniel Brumpton is a successful litigator in claims against solicitors, surveyors, accountants, barristers, architects and financial advisors meanwhile Cathryn Selby is recommended for professional indemnity disputes, professional fee disputes, complaints and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:


‘Quality of service from a long established medium size firm.’

‘Daniel Brumpton is a professional partner who is measured and confident.

‘Daniel Brumpton heads up the professional negligence team and is a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Dan certainly has a lot of experience, and a good sense for the good and bad points. Also very responsive and easy to work with.’

‘A strong regional firm, looking to move onwards and upwards. Extremely likeable and capable.’

‘Daniel Brumpton – partner. A very practical, capable lawyer who is excellent with clients. He has an excellent and natural way of explaining complex legal issues to lay clients. He is an experienced litigator and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Woodford Fund Group Action – Various

Ground Rent Professional Negligence Claims – Various

Work highlights

  • Woodford Fund Group Action – Various Acting for a small group of investors in claims against the Woodford Fund, Link Fund Solutions and Hargreaves Lansdown (for continuing to recommend the Woodford Fund as one of their 50 Best Buys).
  • Ground Rent Professional Negligence Claims – Various Nelsons act for around 100 clients who have claims against their conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing lease hold properties with onerous ground rents.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s reputable practice is a well-established player in the Midlands and acts on matters ranging from wills and estates, lifetime and tax planning, asset protection and care fee planning, through to trust structuring, with a focus on high net-worth individuals and those with international assets. Craig Staten-Spencer brings in additional capabilities as the firms’ lead Court of Protection specialist. Jane Sutherland oversees the Nottingham, Derby and Leicester wider group, which house Nadia Faki(Leicester), Catherine McCannah (Nottingham) and Helen Salisbury (Derby).

Practice head(s):

Jane Sutherland; Catherine McCannah; Nadia Faki; Helen Salisbury; Craig Staten-Spencer


‘The practice is a good size – big enough to have most bases covered but not too large to lose a friendly personal approach.’

‘All the staff are friendly, approachable and will sing to listen to your ideas. Wide range of specialist solicitors, so many areas covered by one practice. Also offer financial advice, working together with your accountant. Open approach and and reasonable billing.’

‘The legal work has been excellent and on time. A major difference between Nelsons and other major law firms we have dealt with is that they focus on a personal touch. Knowing they are there and can check up on any changes we need to make on legal issues is comforting.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited advises clients including developers, SMEs, pension schemes, investors as well as charities, across all asset classes, including retail, warehouse, industrial and student accommodation schemes. The team frequently advises on developments and strategic land projects, including in the form of forward funding transactions, golden brick forward sales and investment purchases, as well as on promotion option agreements and landlord and tenant management issues. Nottingham-based Riaz Dudhia heads the commercial property department, while ‘highly knowledgableJames Coningsby is the head of the Leicester team.

Practice head(s):

Riaz Dudhia; James Coningsby


‘Personal service and timely responses set this firm out from others I have worked with. They are experienced and technically knowledgeable, yet have a can do attitude and having fully explained all the risks and identifying opportunities they let you get on with making the best decisions for the business.’

‘James Coningsby has been my advisor for many years and I have found him to be highly knowledgeable in his field. He is dedicated to getting the job done on time and always goes that extra mile to make sure it happens.’

‘They have worked with us for decades on many different requirements. Always delivered.’

Key clients

GS Property Holdings Limited

Cambridge and Counties Bank Ltd

Abode Nottingham Ltd

Aimrok Holdings Ltd

Petit Forestier UK Ltd

Trafalgar Global Limited

Prime Life Limited

National Westminster

Asfare Limited

Wimbledon Chase Limited

Landmark Property Solutions Limited

Living Choice Investments Limited

UK Land Assets Limited

Yu Group PLC

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s property litigation team covers the full spectrum of contentious property matters, acting in both commercial and residential landlord and tenant claims. Further, the practice assists clients in planning and compulsory purchase matters and restrictive covenant issues as well as general property disputes, such as boundary disputes. Practice head Simon Waterfield acts for high-net worth individuals as well as developers and commercial and residential landlords and tenants and is ‘standout in his field‘ with a niche specialism in public rights of way claims. Cathryn Selby heads the general dispute resolution team. Clients say the team’s practitioners are ‘all excellent‘.

Practice head(s):

Cathryn Selby; Simon Waterfield

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Maxwell


‘The depth of both specialist and broader knowledge, is one of the strong points of the partners at Nelsons – in particular Simon Waterfield.’

‘Excellent problem-solving and an ability to quickly get to the nub of an issue. Quickly able to offer solutions even when involving third parties to allow issues to be dealt with resulting in minimal fuss and allowing us to get on with our jobs.’

‘Simon Waterfield has again proven to be a standout in his field. Knowledgeable with a keen eye for detail, great problem-solving and a no fuss way of dealing with matters. Simon is also brave enough to tell clients the right solution even if that might be a difficult conversation. All done in a professional and friendly way.’

‘A law firm stands or falls on the quality of its people and, in this regard, the Nelson’s Property Litigation Team are, in my experience, all excellent.’

‘The standout individual, in my experience, is Simon Waterfield. In the past I have worked alongside him and I now appoint him to look after my businesses interests. In particular, I am impressed that the advice he provides is right for my business, not his and that’s why I would not look anywhere else on litigation matters.’

‘Excellent knowledge and proactive communication.’

‘Excellent communication skills and depth of knowledge.’

Key clients

Shapeform Limited

Chevin Homes (Ashbourne) Limited

Nucleus Finance Limited

W Westerman Limited

A.F Hunt Builders Limited

Ashfield Homes limited

Godkin Holdings

NPPL Limited

Intelligent Money Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

The practice at Nelsons Solicitors Limited - ‘a gem of a firm‘' - features Emma Toes, whose reputation continues to attract work in trade mark filing, prosecution and applications before the UKIPO. Harpreet Sandhu provides complementary non-contentious expertise on IP protection, product and software development and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Emma Toes; Harpreet Sandhu


‘Nelsons is a gem of a firm. Its staff are knowledgeable and good to work alongside. The firm invests in its people and its technology. It was a leader in mobile and remote working long before the pandemic.’

‘The IP team knows the field very well and is well-organised and pragmatic.’

‘Emma Toes is a real superstar. She has broad and deep knowledge of IP law. She is extraordinarily efficient and well-organised. She is a pleasure to work with.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Harpreet Sandhu is the main contact at Nelsons Solicitors Limited for product development, outsourcing, licensing and IT projects. On the contentious side, Emma Toes has considerable experience in claims that relate to infringement of the rights that subsist in software, such as copyright, confidential information and database rights.

Practice head(s):

Emma Toes; Harpreet Sandhu

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At Nelsons Solicitors Limited, Andy Rudkin applies his 15 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious corporate, personal insolvency and restructuring matters, to support for local administrations, liquidations, bankruptcies, antecedent transactions, and misfeasance actions. In Derby, Kevin Modiri is the name to note for complex bankruptcies.

Practice head(s):

Andy Rudkin

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Modiri


‘Nelsons provide pragmatic and commercially aware legal advice. From our straightforward all the way through to our most complex and high value matters. Andy Rudkin approaches our cases diligently and is always responsive.’

‘Andy Rudkin is an individual with whom we have great rapport and trust with. Throughout our long-standing relationship, of over 10 years, we have benefited greatly from his valuable judgment and advice. Nothing is too much to ask, he goes over and above to secure the best outcome for us.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 3

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is adept at advising on a variety of commercial property matters, including complex developments and strategic land projects, landlord and tenant matters, pension scheme related property transactions as well as property finance. Riaz Dudhia provides a ‘first-class service’ while heading the ‘very efficient’ department. Paul Hinchliffe is a ‘true expert’ in acting for landlords and freeholders on property portfolio management matters and acquisitions of sites for development and regeneration as well as lettings of properties to tenants.

Practice head(s):

Riaz Dudhia

Other key lawyers:


‘The Commercial Property Team, headed by Riaz Dudhia, is solid from top to bottom without a weak link. They are unfailingly commercial, which is what I want in a law firm.’

‘Riaz Dudhia is refreshingly available – rarely is a phone call to him not answered and on those rare occasions he doesn’t, it’s returned promptly. He provides a top class service that’s both timely and commercial.’

‘The Nelsons team have always been really efficient offering sound advice sometimes at very short notice.’

‘Nelsons are the best firm of lawyers we have worked with, I can’t praise them enough.’

‘Riaz Dudhia is a pleasure to work with, he is knowledgeable, helpful and very much focused on getting the job done. I can safely say that without Nelsons and Riaz in particular our business would not be the same.’

‘The team at Nelsons in the Commercial Property Dept are experts in their field. The team is led by talented directors who are able to disperse work within their team in order to satisfy clients needs with ease and a high standard of service.’

‘I have worked with Paul Hinchliffe at Nelsons, Paul is a true expert in his field. His client service is second to none and the quality of his drafting and advice is exceptional and unrivalled.’

Key clients

Bingham Town Council

Cooper Parry

Annie’s Burger Shack Limited

Embark Pensions Trustees Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Intelligent Money Limited

National Justice Museum

NG Chartered Surveyors

Rolls-Royce plc

TM Trustees Limited

The Congregational Federation Limited

Westminster Developments (Leicester) Limited

W Westerman Limited

Pukka Pies

Giant UK Limited

Hyperama plc

Hireforce Limited

Work highlights

    Nelsons was formed in 1983 as an independent partnership with Tim Hastings and two other solicitors in a small Nottingham office. Since then, we have grown to become one of the leading law firms in the East Midlands with offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, providing support and advice to businesses, individuals and families with their legal and investment needs.

    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.

    Empowering You
    At Nelsons, we look to empower our clients, give them a voice, fight for them, help them to seek justice and steer them through the complex legal issues they face. The desire to push ourselves forwards to better serve our clients has been a constant throughout our evolution.

    We’ve grown both organically and through several strategic mergers and acquisitions across the East Midlands. In 1999 and 2000, we expanded into Derby and Leicester and in just 18 months acquired seven local firms. In 2015 the firm acquired the historic Derby firm Moody and Woolley. The firm’s last acquisition was the acquisition of award-winning family solicitors and mediators, Glynis Wright & Co in December 2020 which now means that Nelsons has if not the largest, one of the largest family law teams in the East Midlands.

    We have always looked to challenge the traditional norms often associated with the legal industry. In 2010, we were one of the first law firms in the region to become a Limited company. Then in 2014, we were granted Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status, which allows our employees who aren’t solicitors – such as those in the management, conveyancing and investment management teams – to become partners.

    Our specialist experience and the depth of our resources enables us to offer services to other solicitors in our region through Fusion Legal, a referrals and support network for law firms.

    Leading the way
    We feature in The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report of the UK’s largest 200 law firms, and during 2019 we won the following awards:

    • Company Leader (over 100 employees) award (Stewart Vandermark) at the East Midlands Leadership Awards 2019
    • Large Law Firm of the Year at the Leicestershire Law Society Legal Awards 2019
    • Large Law Firm of the Year at the Derby & District Law Society Awards 2019
    • Solicitor of the Year (Dianne Collins; Personal Injury) at the Derby & District Law Society Awards 2019
    • Deal of the Year with Fairgrove Homes at the East Midlands Brick Awards 2019
    • SME Deal of the Year at the Insider East Midlands Dealmakers Awards 2019
    • Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year for the East Midlands and the second-place silver award for Overall Conveyancing Firm of the Year at the LFS Conveyancing Awards 2019

    We were also shortlisted for ‘Law Firm of the Year – The Independents’ at The Lawyer Awards 2020.

    Committed excellence
    We are committed to the concept that all aspects of our operations and services should be of the highest quality and are accredited by Lexcel. This quality mark recognises the commitment of everyone at Nelsons to providing clients with the superior service, which they are entitled to expect.

    Our expertise
    We have expertise in commercial and personal law, investment management as well as market-leading online services.

    • 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 and inheritance claims.
    • 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.
    • Our private client team advise on residential care planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection issues.
    • All aspects of wills, trusts and probate, as well as residential conveyancing, are specialisms.
    • Investment management expertise covers the full range of financial strategies and planning including cash flow modelling and specialist pension advice.
    • Nelsons also advises clients based in the charities, education and health and care sectors.

    In June 2018, we launched our fresh vision and values to capture who we are and where we are heading and internally communicated this to ensure that every employee clearly understands our how, what and why; including our three and ten year targets. In January 2019 we launched our new brand which reflects our vibrant, dynamic and innovative personality.

    We have strategic projects in place and are not only looking to achieve growth, but continue to empower our clients and employees in fresh ways relevant for the modern world.

    Chief Executive Stewart Vandermark
    Chairman Tim Hastings
    Head of Corporate Services Alice Rees
    Head of Commercial Litigation Daniel Brumpton
    Head of Family Law Emma Davies
    Head of Personal Injury Lisa Preece
    Head of Private Client Jane Sutherland
    Head of Real Estate Riaz Dudhia
    Head of Employment Law Laura Kearsley
    Head of Investment Management John Stanley
    Head of Private Litigation Kevin Modiri
    Head of Residential Conveyancing Chris Huntingford
    Lewis Addison photo Lewis AddisonPartner. A member of Nelsons’ dispute resolution team and based in our…
    James Coningsby photo James ConingsbyPartner. James specialises in all types of commercial property law matters, including…
    Emma Davies photo Emma DaviesPartner. Emma specialises in family law cases and advises on divorce and…
    Laura Kearsley photo Laura KearsleyPartner and head of employment and education. Laura has a strong reputation…
    Matthew Olner photo Matthew OlnerPartner. Areas of practice include all clinical negligence claims with specialist expertise…
    Andy Rudkin photoMr Andy RudkinPartner. Andy specialises in all areas of commercial litigation, including commercial contract,…
    Jane Sutherland photo Jane SutherlandPartner and head of wills and probate. Since qualification, Jane has specialised…
    Glynis Wright photo Glynis WrightGlynis heads up our Family Law team in Leicester and advises on…
    Number of UK partners : 38
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 98

    CLIENT:   Family client
    TESTIMONIAL: Very good at explaining, being patient and not patronising when I asked questions about legal terms which I did not always understand. I was very happy with the service I received.

    CLIENT:   Personal injury client
    TESTIMONIAL: I have been very pleased with the service I have had from Nelsons. Baishali has worked so hard on my behalf and been very supportive throughout. Baishali and her team have always been professional, but friendly and approachable throughout. Something that I consider to be important when dealing with what at times has been a very emotional matter. Thank you so much.

    CLIENT:   Personal injury client
    TESTIMONIAL: We would like to say how grateful we are for what you have achieved for us…We feel fortunate that we had yourself fighting our corner and would like to say a big thank you.

    CLIENT:   Dispute resolution client
    TESTIMONIAL: Professionalism is of the highest standard. You listen. You advise accordingly. You give good guidance. We are confident in you.

    CLIENT:   Conveyancing client
    TESTIMONIAL: Great communication, persistence and always willing to offer advice. Thank you.

    CLIENT:   Private client
    TESTIMONIAL: Professional and business like but always with humanity.

    CLIENT:   Private client
    TESTIMONIAL: Communication was prompt and effective. We were very satisfied with the service.

    CLIENT:   Personal injury client
    TESTIMONIAL: …I was impressed with Nelsons’ sensitivity during our first phone conversation and their professional and efficient action in the matter. It has provided some closure for me and my brother who is now able to talk about his experiences to his family and me. We are both very grateful for Nelsons work on our behalf.

    CLIENT:   Personal injury client
    TESTIMONIAL: I was very happy and overwhelmed at the way my case was dealt with. Dianne Collins was very efficient and I would recommend Nelsons to anyone. My case was dealt with privately and in a respectful way. I would give 10/10 to Dianne Collins in all the hard work she has done to bring this case to a close.

    CLIENT:   Family client
    TESTIMONIAL: Took me a long time to find some integrity, unfortunately my experience of lawyers in the past hasn’t been great. Integrity and honesty is so important to me now that I feared using a big firm. I think I’m in the right place now and I’m very grateful of your straightforward direct approach.

    CLIENT:   Private client
    TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for all that you and your team have done for me, I am pleased with the outcome, it has made a huge difference to our lives. I will not hesitate to recommend Nelsons to anyone I know that may need a solicitor in the future.

    CLIENT:   Dispute resolution client
    TESTIMONIAL: After having had a bad experience with a local firm of solicitors, we needed a case putting together quickly and accurately due to a tight deadline. Kevin Modiri was confident, professional and friendly during our meeting and he put a claim together speedily and accurately. We were reassured and very satisfied with his work.

    CLIENT:   Private client
    TESTIMONIAL: You did what I would have expected: a service that was professional, polite, unintimidating and very satisfactory. At no point did we feel rushed. Questions were answered clearly. Very personable solicitors dealt with us.

    CLIENT:   Conveyancing client
    TESTIMONIAL: Friendly, approachable conveyancer, answered my questions in a straightforward way.

    CLIENT:   Family client
    TESTIMONIAL: Was with Nelsons solicitors for 2 years, My solicitor was very reliable, professional, instant responses, if I needed advice someone was always available, and happy to help, successful in last court hearing thanks to my solicitor/company for just being consistent, thorough, organised, and again professional, many thanks to all.

    CLIENT:   Family client
    TESTIMONIAL: Exceptional advice and service delivered by Lisa-Marie Leanders. Prompt response to everything, expertly handling the third party’s aggressive solicitors and giving me absolute peace of mind that my case was in the right hands during a very tough time (as any divorce is). I transferred to Lisa-Marie mid way through my case (on the basis of a recommendation) as was dissatisfied with my previous solicitor and I am 100% delighted that I did. The difference that Lisa-Marie delivered was incredible, and really helped to take the stress out of a very stressful case. Cannot recommend her highly enough.

    CLIENT:   Commercial property client
    TESTIMONIAL: I have had a long relationship with Kieron Crowther and always had timely advice and service, he understands our business and property.

    CLIENT:   Personal injury client
    TESTIMONIAL: I had reasons to use the services of Nelsons Solicitors starting three years ago. The Legal Executive, Emma Howard, involved in my case is a credit to the company. Her professionalism, perseverance and sound advice all came together resulting in a recent positive outcome. Thank you

    CLIENT:   Debt recovery client
    TESTIMONIAL: Used Nelsons a few times and always received a good service from Mac Clarkson, who most recently managed to recover a debt for me that I had written off due to no purchase order and very limited other information supporting my claim. Genuinely no hesitation in recommending.

    CLIENT:   Dispute resolution client
    TESTIMONIAL: My matter was contentious and was dealt with speedily. Responses were articulate, precise and sensitive. The proposed completion date was met and outcome successful. Highly recommended.

    CLIENT:   Employment client
    TESTIMONIAL: I was recently made redundant and this partnership was fast to respond and support the exit process from my company. The speed at which the Nelson’s lawyer engaged was superb and I was walked through each step of the process. First class.

    CLIENT:   Debt recovery client
    TESTIMONIAL: As a small business with a bad debt, we were determined to act with the full force of the law to recover what was owed. The principal of the matter being the motivation. Mac Clarkson from Nelsons Solicitors guided us through the process perfectly. The result… the client had to pay twice what was originally invoiced and now has a County Court Judgement on record for the next 6 years. We highly recommend Nelsons and would not hesitate to instruct them again if the need arises. Thank you for a perfect service.

    CLIENT:   Dispute resolution client
    TESTIMONIAL: I was so impressed with Nelsons and Oliver Maxwell, who was my Solicitor. At all times I felt they / he had my best interests at heart and were incredibly knowledgeable and got me a fantastic outcome on a nasty and long outstanding issue I was having. They were very clear and communicative throughout the process and were always good on their word – no nasty surprises. I would highly recommend and will definitely be turning to them again for anything I may need in future.