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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The ‘first class‘ clinical negligence and personal injury department at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is headed by Lisa Preece, who has a wealth of experience in child and adult brain injury claims, and cases involving severe orthopaedic injuries, including traumatic amputation. Likewise, senior partner Bruce Williams ‘is second to none as a lawyer for complex brain injury and clinical cases’. Matthew Olner also has a thriving clinical negligence practice in Leicester. Joining in March 2022 from Russell-Cooke LLP, Lucy Wilton handles the full spectrum of claims arising in the hospital, general practice and mental healthcare settings, as well as represents families involved in inquest proceedings. Senior associates Dianne Collins and Carolle White also provide significant support and expertise.  

Practice head(s):

Lisa Preece

Other key lawyers:


‘I work a lot with Carolle White who is incredibly industrious in tacking her significant workload. We truly work collaboratively on cases. Clients clearly respect her and are appreciate her endeavors on their behalf.

‘Matthew Olner is an old hand! Extremely experienced and again clients find his calm, reassuring manner of great comfort.’

‘Nelsons provide a first class service for clinical negligence and personal injury at a reasonable cost compared to their competitors.’

‘The team has some very experienced lawyers in the team and has a broad range of people so the team works well. They are experts in large complex brain injury and clinical cases. They are very good indeed with clients and experts alike. They have good relations with the other side, which is most important.’

‘Bruce Williams is second to none as a lawyer for complex brain injury and clinical cases. He is very thoughtful and notices things that others might miss. He is very careful to get excellent experts which is very helpful indeed. He gets very good outcomes for his clients.’

‘Matthew Olner is so lovely to work with and he gets very good results. He has very good knowledge of medicine and makes sure that he has got to grips with all the medical issues, which is very impressive. He is so courteous with all he deals with that he gets the best out of people, whether that be experts or the other side. It is enormously helpful and should not be underestimated.’

‘Dianne Collins is excellent. She seems to be expertly handling cases above her job title. She is highly experienced in personal injury work; a great communicator with clients, experts and counsel alike; and she shows a dogged determination in obtaining the best possible evidence to ensure that her client’s case can be presented at its highest. It is a rare delight to work with such a safe pair of hands!

‘Lisa Preece is adept at handling high value cases, with a keen instinct for negotiating a favourable settlement for the client.’

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

Nelsons Solicitors Limited utilises its expertise in corporate law, real estate, employment, disputes and private client matters to service to regional charities such as Age UK Nottingham on the full breadth of matters. Kevin Modiri and legal director Ziaur Rahman are its key figures. Craig Staten-Spencer departed for Roythornes Solicitors in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:


‘I feel the team work really well together, any seminars I have attended the team have made them flow, delivered them well in a professional yet light hearted manner.’


Key clients

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (NWA)

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

National Justice Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum

Work highlights

  • Represented Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (NWA) in its successful defence of Employment Tribunal proceedings, undertaking the advocacy and securing an order that led to the Claimant’s claim being struck out.
  • Advised National Justice Museum on asset management work for the client at their Shire Hall property, including the grant and assignment of leases, enforcement of leasehold covenants, advice on interpretation of provisions of existing leases.
  • Acted for the tenant, Age UK, in respect of an agreement for the lease of a property in Sutton in Ashfield, conditional on Landlord’s Works together with the grant of a lease.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

With a dedicated specialism in contentious probate work and three offices across the East Midlands, Nelsons Solicitors Limited regularly handles a range of high value disputes in the sector. In addition to general civil litigation matters, Derby-based team head Kevin Modiri specialises in contentious probate matters and claims under the 1975 Inheritance Act. In Leicester, Lewis Addison handles trusts and probate litigation, frequently through alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Lewis Hastie moved to BRM Solicitors in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Addison; Stuart Parris


‘The team has grown in recent years and there are now genuine specialists and strength in depth within this practice area.’

‘Kevin Modiri is a very client focused dispute resolution lawyer.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

The ‘superb family law team’ at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is led by Emma Davies in Nottingham, Melanie Bridgen in Derby and Lisa-Marie Leanders in Leicester. The firm stands outs for its specialist expertise in international children law, surrogacy, deprivation of liberty, unravelling trusts, and international disputes over children, assets and jurisdiction. Bridgen is known for her work with children proceedings and domestic abuse, while Leanders is experienced handling high net worth financial cases, often involving complicated financial structures, trusts and inherited assets. Divorce specialist Davies, together with Gareth Protheroe and Gayle Rowley have a very good reputation in Children law and care proceedings.  

Practice head(s):

Emma Davies; Melanie Bridgen; Lisa -Marie Leanders; Gareth Protheroe

Other key lawyers:


‘Melanie Bridgen is a well prepared advocate undertaking a lot of public law work frequently instructed by Guardians with whom she is very popular because of both her manner and child focussed approach. She has also developed something of a specialism in in cases with an international dimension.

‘Superb family law team, class A and the absolute go to in children law and financial relief on divorce. They far outweigh their competitors in every aspect. The people provide hands on support and client care from the outset concentrating on strategy and approach. Given their wealth of experience, they are financially competitive.’

‘Melanie Bridgen, partner, is an exceptional solicitor, she has all of the qualities that people desire in a solicitor: client care that is compassionate yet robust, excellent preparation. She is a phenomenal solicitor and knows children law like the back of her hand. She stands out above all other partners in other solicitor’s firms.’

‘Gayle Rowley – Gayle is very client-focussed and makes herself readily available to discuss matters with clients and Counsel. Gayle cares very deeply about her clients.’

‘Gareth Protheroe leads a highly capable and approachable team with all of his usual flair, focus and calm assurance.’

‘Gareth Protheroe is a highly efficient and down-to-Earth solicitor, with an assured approach which belies his relative youth.’

‘Melanie Bridgen has provided an excellent service throughout an extended family court process. She has been professional, highly empathic, and had impeccable knowledge and professional experience. Melanie has been a brilliant advocate for my case – and is highly responsive.’

‘Nelsons are an well-established and highly respected firm, deservedly so. They cover a number of disciplines with the utmost professionalism. They are a pleasure to deal with and prominent in the local legal community.’

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

Focusing largely on owner-managed businesses and SMEs in the Midlands, Nelsons Solicitors Limited provides a combination of ‘professional service with the ability to cover a breadth of legal matters’. Corporate heads Duncan Taylor in Nottingham and David Kaplan in Derby are well-known figures in the market for all manner of corporate transactions. Alice Rees, Emma Toes and senior associate Liz Mills are noted for acquisitions and disposals, shareholders’ agreements and restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Taylor; David Kaplan; Emma Toes

Other key lawyers:


‘David Kaplan and Liz Mills looked after the needs of our small business very well, and were available out of hours if required and prepared to go the extra mile to ensure we had the right support. When other areas of legal work were required they brought on board the experts we needed at the time. I think the approach was very flexible and a great deal of empathy was also shown.’

‘David Kaplan and Liz Mills in my view went way beyond the call of duty. Ensuring that we knew exactly what was happening, and even calling late into the evening and meeting during a weekend to keep things moving. I felt they really cared about us and our transaction, and they dealt with honesty and integrity throughout.’

‘Blend of personal service professionally delivered and able to cover a breadth of legal matters.’

‘David Kaplan – Quickly gets to the key issues. Applies commercial aptitude to legal work, solutions not problems.’

Key clients

Rushcliffe Care Limited

CSB Holdings

Shareholders of Amerol Limited

Construction Industry Solutions Limited

Shareholders of Witham Valley Care Group Limited

Prime Life Limited

East Midlands Central Station Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the corporate reorganisation of Rushcliffe Care.
  • Advised on the sale of Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) and its subsidiaries and COINS US Group Corp to the Access Group.
  • Advised Construction Indutry Solutions on the acquisition of Assettagz, a developer of software to manage assets across multiple industry sectors.

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

Since joining the Leicester-based Nelsons Solicitors Limited disputes practice in 2020, lead partner Andy Rudkin has continued to draw upon his experience in healthcare disputes and wider commercial contract matters, fielding a steady stream of shareholder disputes in the healthcare sector, and breach of warranty claims arising from M&A, among other matters. The team is also noted for its capabilities in disputes involving second-tier lenders.  

Practice head(s):

Andy Rudkin


‘Andy Rudkin has always provided good, solid advice on cases. Over the years we have achieved very good results with him and their teams.’

Great attention to detail and knowledge.’

Andy Rudkin is known for his quality service and professional approach. He is friendly and responsive, being a great connector of people. He is knowledgeable and is able to work on the toughest of cases. Very good with practical and commercial advice and his straightforward approach is appreciated.

Key clients

Nucleus Property Finance Limited

Bierens Incasso Advocaten BV

Nucleus Cashflow Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nucleus Property Finance Limited in successfully recovering over £1m,  following default upon an underlying loan agreement, supported by way of debenture and legal charge.
  • Advising Bierens Incasso Advocaten BV on all of their litigation within the jurisdiction of England & Wales, for companies such as Hoek Flowers, Swarovski Global, ABN AMRO, and Nike.
  • Acted for Nucleus Cash Flow Finance Limited (in its capacity as lender) in pursuit of monies owed under the Recovery loan scheme following default of payment by the borrower.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

The commercial litigation team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited services a varied client base, acting both for local businesses and a number of major clients across the UK. The team is headed up by Daniel Brumpton, who specialises in partnership disputes, injunctions, and breach of warranty claims. Elsewhere within the practice, Jon Roberts is noted for his expertise in fraud cases, while Cathryn Selby's capabilities extend to disputes concerning commercial contracts and financial services companies.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:

Jon Roberts; Cathryn Selby; Craig Bennett


‘A company that is able to offer a diverse range of support that a typical manufacturing business requires.’

‘Friendly service that understand complex HR and contract issues.’

Very personalised and friendly service.’

‘Daniel Brumpton and Craig Bennett are fabulous.’

Key clients

H Stoll

GEW2 Limited

Hang In Out (Design) Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for H Stoll who wished to enforce a letter of credit against the lending bank, following non-payment of circa $500,000 USD.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

With a strong emphasis on the pre-action collection process, Nelsons Solicitors Limited focuses on debt recovery matters concerning UK commercial debts. Additionally, the team is experienced in court proceedings and enforcement of judgments. The practice is headed up by Kelly Bevan and Simon Key, the latter of whom also acts as a member of the firm’s wider dispute resolution department. All named lawyers are based in Nottingham.

Practice head(s):

Simon Key; Kelly Bevan

Work highlights

Employment Tier 2

Led by Laura Kearsley, Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s full-service employment team has carved out a specialism in complex claimant and respondent employment law disputes, with a particular emphasis on breach of contract, discrimination, whistleblowing and restrictive covenant cases. Peter Nicholson, who made partner in June 2023, is noted for his support in restructuring projects and Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Laura Kearsley

Other key lawyers:


‘We found the Nelson’s team to be approachable, understanding, professional and concise at a time of great stress and anxiety. Their approach to our employment issue was exactly what we needed when dealing with a matter for which we had no prior experience.’

‘Laura Kearsley – compelling advocacy and clear decision-making.’

‘The team’s willingness to assist and collaborate between departments to deliver the outcome I needed was above and beyond what I could have expected.’

‘Particular stand-out is Peter Nicholson. He not only provides sound legal advice, but he really understands our company and provides advice, giving significant thought to the commercial impact on our business.’

‘The team are versatile and responsive to the range of situations we experience.  Teamwork and availability are a real strength.’

‘The individuals we engage regularly with take the time to know us and our organisation well. They are focused on solving problems in their context and make the effort to personalise their advice and recommendations as a result. There is a good sense of emotional support and reassurance for staff when engaging in sometimes challenging matters.’

‘Good, sensible and business-focussed advice and cost-effective too. Commitment to client satisfaction is clearly a priority for Nelsons. Always calm and always available to help.’

‘Good, down to earth and easy to understand advice. Always responsive. Laura Kearsley is on top of her game, is very at home working with senior execs. 100% happy with her service.’

Key clients

AC13 Premier Limited

AllTruck PLC

Badgemaster Limited

CORE Education Trust

Cucamara Limited

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Distinctive Inns Limited

Fabrikat (Nottingham) Limited

Kanes Foods Limited

Lionbridge UK Limited

Moorcroft Group PLC

Nigel Ricks & Co

Nexor Limited

Nottingham Industrial Cleaners Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to provide a retainer service to Sixth Form College, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College and Regent College,  providing day-to-day employment and HR advice.
  • Advising Kanes Foods on changing shift patterns in production, affecting over 1,000 staff, including producing documentation and communications and advising on individual cases.
  • Representing a client in his appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a point of law connected to whistleblowing following his Employment Tribunal claim.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s practice is led by David Kaplan and receives a strong flow of instructions from banks and alternative lenders such as pension trustees and high-net-worth individuals. Kaplan also advises clients on their funding arrangements with finance providers. Property and development finance expert James Coningsby is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

David Kaplan

Other key lawyers:

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s team is led by Daniel Brumpton who is ‘hugely experienced in the industry, knows the market inside-out, and a strong and realistic practical thinker’. Representing claimants against solicitors, financial advisors and property professionals, the practice continues to develop its offering in claims against conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing leasehold properties with onerous ground rents. Fellow partner Cathryn Selby deals with relation to mishandled litigation, tax advice, financial product mis-selling and hedging claims.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is well led by Dan Brumpton who is hugely experienced in the industry, knows the market inside-out, and is very easy to get on with. He is also a strong and realistic practical thinker.’


Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Instructed on wills and estates, tax planning, creation and administration of trusts and Court of Protection and work, Nelsons Solicitors Limited team is particularly sought after by high net-worth individuals and those with international assets. Wills and probate specialists Jane Sutherland, Helen Salisbury , Catherine McCannah are supported by Nadia Faki, who specialises in surrogacy wills.

Practice head(s):

Jane Sutherland; Catherine McCannah; Nadia Faki; Helen Salisbury


‘Key strengths and capabilities in my opinion are: – the ability to visit clients at home which reduced anxiety for our family – professionals who are knowledgeable, approachable and respectful – Clear and accurate information regarding the processes involved – Efficient delivery of paperwork, etc.’

‘Helen Salisbury was warm, welcoming and professional. Great communication, always updated, worked quickly but accurately.’

‘Helen Salisbury was so professional, polite and informative. She had great patience and compassion in what was a difficult time. I cannot thank her enough for all the advise given to me.’

‘Super efficient, prompt, speedy response to issue’s raised. Helen Salisbury at Derby office is excellent and very very knowledgeable. Helen and her team at Nelsons are excellent and I would highly recommend them .’

‘Catherine McCannah was knowledgeable in her field and gave us a range of options. There was no pressure to pick a particular option and she discussed each in an easy, understandable way.’

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

Nelsons Solicitors Limited provides support on all aspects of commercial property to client list containing international, national and local developers, pension schemes and investors. In particular, the firm is active in matters concerning development funding, option agreements and investment purchases. Riaz Dudhia leads the national commercial property department, while James Coningsby leads the team in Leicester.

Practice head(s):

Riaz Dudhia; James Coningsby

Key clients

GS Residential Limited

Transfigure Limited

Aimrok Holdings Limited

Abode Nottingham Limited

Prime Life Limited

GS Property Holdings Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The property litigation team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited regularly handles complex, high value property disputes such as boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, compulsory purchases and private and public right of way disputes. Simon Waterfield is experienced in all landlord and tenant issues, including forfeitures and dilapidation, while also acting for leading regional and national property developers. Promoted to director in June 2022, Oliver Maxwell has a strong track record in commercial lease renewals and termination claims.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton; Simon Waterfield

Other key lawyers:


‘I found Nelsons team to be helpful and always quick to respond, giving clear prespectives and strong advise whist highlighting the any risks areas.’

‘I found Oliver Maxwell to be personable and professional, he gave excellent direction at the same time highlighting risks I would definitely recommend Nelsons and Oliver Maxwell personally.’

‘Simon Waterfield is always pleasant, accessible and fantastically commercial.’

‘My experience of working with Oliver Maxwell has been exceptional. He has been engaging and provided timely advice on a number of lease related issues. What makes him stand out is that he has a very concise and pragmatic approach will helps when I have multiple demands on my time.’

‘Nelsons are a very personable practice, they endevour to keep all parties updated on all matters.

‘Nelsons has knowledgable and approachable litigators. They seem to offer good value for the service they provide. They are accustomed to dealing with a broad range of property matters, and so are well-placed to deal with complex property litigation.’

‘Nelsons have a standout regional property team with strength in depth across a number of offices in the East Midlands.’

‘Simon Waterfield leaves no stone unturned in seeking out the best result for his clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented clients at a public enquiry successfully defending an application to have a public footpath added to the definitive map which would have gone through their back garden.
  • Representing clients on a multi- million-pound dilapidations claim involving significant asbestos contamination.
  • Representing clients on a multimillion pound dilapidations claim in regard to a grade II listed building.

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

Highly knowledgeable in both contentious and non-contentious disciplines, Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s ‘standout‘ lawyer, Emma Toes provides ‘swift and useful assistance with deep practical insight’ and continues to drive the trade mark practice, having attracted a number of national prosecution instructions before the UKIPO and filing applications for international registrations. She also advises on proceedings issued before the Company Names Tribunal. Harpreet Sandhu left for an in-house position in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Emma Toes


‘The team offers all the knowledge and skill of a City firm, but without the associated fuss or eye-watering bills.’

‘Emma Toes is a stand-out lawyer. She is hugely capable, breathtakingly efficient and would grace a seat at the partnership table of any firm in the country.’

‘I worked closely on the matter with Emma Toes, who always responded duly and gave invaluable advice concerning the procedure and practice of the IPO. The services of Nelson were also cost-efficient and client-friendly.’

‘Emma Toes is an experienced IP attorney who always provided swift and useful assistance with deep practical insight. Her devotion to IP laws and deep understanding of client needs and situation was also remarkable.’

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

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 3

Alice Rees is the lead partner in Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s East Midlands practice, focusing on acquisitions, disposals, mergers, restructurings, management buy-outs and company formations. Director Ziaur Rahman is also noted for corporate lending and security, joint venture agreements, Employee Ownership Trusts, and charity and third sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Alice Rees

Other key lawyers:

Ziaur Rahman; Palbir Vadesha; Duncan Taylor


‘Alice Rees heads the Nelsons Corporate and Commercial Team. She is the go to Corporate Lawyer for a number of intermediaries, other law firms, certain sectors and leads and manages her transactional teams well. Ziaur Rahman is very experienced and very commercial. Duncan Taylor is a fantastic Corporate lawyer. Calm, knowledgeable, gives clear advice and well respected. Palbir Vadesha is a great support to Ziaur Rahman but also deals with and manages transactions herself. She works hard for her client, is thorough and definitely one to watch.’

‘Ziaur Rahman is supremely efficient and competent.’

‘Nelsons have carried out over the past two years a number of complex transactions for my clients and we were always comforted to know that the work they carried out was to the highest standard.’

‘Palbir Vadesha: we were impressed by the ability of Palbir to complete the work within the agreed timetable and more importantly within the agreed cost budget.’

Work highlights

  • Advised individual clients on the asset purchase of a well-known Italian restaurant based in Leicestershire, Ferraris Trattoria.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Based in Nelsons Solicitors Limited's Leicester office, Andy Rudkin has over 15 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, spanning both corporate and personal insolvency issues. He also handles instructions with a restructuring element, and has experience in liquidations, bankruptcies, antecedent transactions and misfeasance. Kevin Modiri is a key practitioner based in Derby; he is the lead contentious insolvency and bankruptcy specialist.

Practice head(s):

Andy Rudkin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nucleus Cash Flow Finance Limited

Nucleus Property Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for lender Nucleus Cash Flow Finance in pursuit of monies owed under the recovery loan scheme following default of payment by the borrower.
  • Acted for Nucleus Property Finance following default upon an underlying loan agreement, supported by way of debenture and legal charge.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 3

The commercial property team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is active across a number of specialist areas, including residential development, commercial development, landlord and tenant and property transactions related to pension schemes. Riaz Dudhia leads the team with a specialism in commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as land acquisition and disposal. Paul Hinchliffe has a particular expertise in acting for industrial and office commercial property owners.

Practice head(s):

Riaz Dudhia

Other key lawyers:


‘The key attribute of Nelson’s commercial property team is the quality and accessibility of the team.’

‘Riaz Dudhia is one of the best out there.’

Key clients

Radford Holdings Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Universal Works Limited

Intelligent Money Limited

DCLC Limited and CVLC Limited

Anima Victoria Limited

Hydro Systems UK Limited

Westminster Developments (Leicester) Limited

Great Northern Bars Limited

Barrowcliffe Properties

National Justice Museum

T M Trustees Limited

W Westerman Limited

Giant UK Limited

Rolls-Royce plc

Hyperama plc

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Zoe Till
Head of Private Litigation Kevin Modiri
Head of Residential Conveyancing Chris Huntingford
Photo Name Position Profile
Kieron Crowther photo Kieron Crowther Partner & Solicitor. Kieron joined Nelsons in September 2019 and is a Partner…
Riaz Dudhia photo Riaz Dudhia Partner & head of commercial property. Riaz specialises in commercial property and…
Simon Key photo Simon Key Partner and head of Nelsons’ debt recovery team. His areas of practice…
Catherine McCannah photo Catherine McCannah Partner. Since qualification in 2005, Catherine has specialised in wills and probate.…
Peter Nicholson photo Peter Nicholson Partner & Solicitor. Peter qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 and joined Nelsons’ …
Lisa Preece photo Lisa Preece Partner and head of personal injury and clinical negligence. Lisa specialises in…
Alice Rees photo Alice Rees Partner and head of corporate services. Alice has a wealth of experience…
John Stanley photo John Stanley Partner & Independent Financial Adviser. Areas of expertise investment advice for individuals…
Duncan Taylor photo Duncan Taylor Partner. Areas of practice include acquisitions, mergers and disposals; management buy-outs; management…
Zoe Till photo Zoe Till Zoe joined Nelsons in July 2018. She is a Partner and Chartered…
Stewart Vandermark photo Stewart Vandermark Chief Executive & Solicitor. Stewart became chief executive in June 2017 and…
Simon Waterfield photo Simon Waterfield Partner. Simon has extensive expertise in property disputes; rights of way claims;…
Bruce Williams photo Bruce Williams Partner. Areas of practice include brain and spinal injuries, clinical negligence, product…
Photo Name Position Profile
Emma Davies photo Emma Davies Partner. Emma specialises in family law cases and advises on divorce and…
Tim Hastings photo Tim Hastings Chairman & Solicitor. In 2017, Tim took on the full-time, executive management…
Phil Terry photo Mr Phil Terry Partner and Independent Financial Adviser. His areas of specialism include investment advice…
Emma Toes (nee Ward) photo Emma Toes (nee Ward) Partner & Solicitor. Emma specialises in intellectual property and commercial work, providing comprehensive and pragmatic…
Emma Toes (nee Ward) photo Emma Toes (nee Ward) Partner & Solicitor. Emma specialises in intellectual property and commercial work, providing comprehensive and pragmatic…
Lucy Wilton photo Lucy Wilton Partner & Solicitor. Lucy qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and joined…
Number of UK partners : 42
Number of other UK fee-earners : 98

At Nelsons, we recognise that we have a role to be a responsible employer and business operator within the communities and societies of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Supporting the Local Community

We recognise our responsibility to work in partnership with local communities and to make a positive difference in the region. We conduct pro-bono work across the East Midlands and, where possible, support local community projects through sponsorship.

In-line with our company charity strategy, employees are invited to nominate local charities which they wish to support on an annual basis, helping us support local causes that make real differences to the lives of others.

Our charity committee work on organising fundraising events to support these charities throughout the year, including dress down days; bake sales and competitions; raffles, social media campaigns; and sponsored runs, walks and bike rides.

Our nominated charities for 2021/2022 are:

Nelsons also supports and works with Leicestershire Cares, a charity that provides volunteering opportunities for companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicestershire and Rutland.

The company also provide employees with information on payroll giving so that they can make donations to a charity of their choice.


Our objective is to reduce our impact on the environment through a commitment to continual improvement. We recognise that our business activities have varying direct and indirect impacts on the society and environments that we operate in. We are committed to continuous improvement to reduce, re-use and recycle.

We have light sensors to conserve energy; encourage recycling in all of our offices; promote a paper light/free working environment by storing information electronically; source products from local businesses; and offer subsidised travel to and from our offices (via tram, train, bus and the Cycle to Work scheme).

Diversity & Inclusion

At Nelsons, we are committed to embracing diversity and aim to create a fully inclusive workplace where everyone is treated equally.

Our passion is to see everyone empowered, regardless of their background or circumstances – living out our value of working together as one team, treating people with respect and caring for each other.

We have a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which raises awareness of diversity and respect in the workplace. They also run campaigns throughout the year on key issues such as mental health and gender equality.

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.