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Richard Nelson LLP
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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime, fraud and licensing: General crime and fraud Tier 2

A boutique law firm focusing on fraud and business defence, Richard Nelson LLP also handles tax investigations and professional disciplinary matters. Jacqui Callan is experienced in handling all manner of criminal matters, such as multi-handed money laundering cases and murder cases, and is, in particular, 'greatly experienced in dealing with sexual offence work', regularly acting before the higher courts. Richard Etherington is noted for his work in military court martial proceedings and Special Investigation Branch cases, as well as his 'immaculate trial preparation'.

Practice head(s):

Jacqui Callan; Richard Etherington


‘First class service provided to clients. They are great for taking clients inexperienced in the criminal justice system through the process. They offer realistic yet positive advice.’

‘Jacqui Callan is greatly experienced in dealing with sexual offence work. Good judgement and realistic advice. Richard Etherington is patient, great client manner. Solid police station advice.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble for them, they work all hours to suit. Compassionate, caring yet professional.’

‘Jacqui Callan is thoroughly prepared, a master of the facts of any case and incredibly well informed. Richard Etherington is a pleasure to work with, a great member of any team. A real star.’

‘Jacqui Callan’s clients frequently praise her personable approach – she takes the time to attentively explain complex issues. Richard Etherington’s no-nonsense yet ‘never say die’ approach to litigation coupled with immaculate trial preparation wins the respect of his clients and fellow lawyers alike.’

‘Jacqui Callan knows her cases inside out – a first rate lawyer; first rate on client care and diligence. Richard Etherington is a conscientious, hardworking lawyer who will go far. His manner with clients is both firm and understanding. Both reflect the ethos of the firm and the firm stands out due to the quality of the staff and their engagement with clients.’

‘A great team, very hardworking and excellent value for money in the private regulatory and private crime market.’

‘The team is able to offer a very personal service to clients and obtain the optimum result. Compared to many other firms they knew that good client care and the bottom line are not mutually exclusive propositions.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a husband and wife facing allegations of forgery associated with alterations of rare and collectable pottery to make certain items lucrative on the market. Enlisted a celebrity expert to assess the authenticity of the items.
  • Represented a student facing an allegation of rape at a university house party. The client was exonerated by the police and his university after a lengthy investigation.
  • Represented a client facing charges of making nearly 100,000 indecent images of children. Through careful selection of counsel and a psychologist, the client avoided prison.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Richard Nelson LLP offers UK-wide representation to individuals and organisations in professional disciplinary proceedings, covering the legal, accountancy, teaching and medical professions. Senior partner Richard Nelson leads the group, which includes managing partner Marie Dancer, who heads the medical and teaching regulatory teams, and the 'kind, supportive and availableSteve Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Richard Nelson; Marie Dancer; Steve Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Rees


The practice is unique because of the team’s careful, sensitive and robust advice.

The firm has made a market for itself in professional discipline, and since its success in the healthcare space it has expanded into other regulated areas.

Very easy to contact, always someone to talk to, and very helpful reception staff – clear communication throughout the process.

Richard Nelson and his team are passionate about what they do and extremely knowledgeable in their field.

Richard Nelson is a very safe pair of hands and a reassuring adviser to have by your side.

Steve Roberts has a reassuring and straightforward approach. I would definitely recommend him for his exceptional knowledge, skills and professionalism.

I dealt with Steve Roberts directly throughout- from the moment I made my first enquiry to the conclusion, he was kind, supportive and available.

Marie Dancer is a standout fee-earner for professionals facing disciplinary hearings.

Richard Nelson LLP is a national firm of solicitors providing a range of specialist legal services to professionals, businesses and individuals throughout England and Wales. Our senior partner Richard Nelson established the Firm in 2003, remains a leading lawyer in respect of fraud defence and professional discipline.

Areas of Law Undertaken

Professional Discipline – Our specialist team of lawyers represent individuals facing investigations/proceedings undertaken by their professional regulatory bodies including; law, healthcare, accountancy and education. We are able to help you through the entire process and offer expert guidance and assistance at every stage. Our specialist lawyers are dedicated to each and every case they work on, they understand the nuances between different regulators and work heard to provide you with all the support we need. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients as we know how much their careers mean to them.

Tax Investigations – Our expert solicitors boast over 25 years experience in defending clients who are being investigated by HMRC. We are recognised as providing market leading defence services and have a proven track record of dealing with high profile and highly complex tax cases. We take pride in being able to offer our clients a top level of service.

Serious Sexual Offences – The Defence Team have an enviable reputation for tenaciously and proactively defending  clients facing serious allegations of a sexual nature. Our experts have significant experience dealing with police investigations, Crown Court Trials and Military Court Martial cases.

Education Law – Richard Nelson LLP’s education solicitors comprise a team of lawyers that specialise in working with teachers involved in TRA cases, advising parents about EHCP applications and advising university students, amongst other educational matters.

Employment Law – We have a team of experienced employment lawyers who have an excellent reputation for advising our clients and achieving excellent results for them. We recognise that we spend a significant portion of our adult life in work, so when there is a problem, we understand that it can affect all aspects of your life. Our team are able to deal with your matter sensitively and professionally to achieve your ultimate aims.

Family Law – We have a team of experienced practitioners who are able to deal with all aspects of relationship and family breakdowns. We are able to offer a quality service to all our clients and provide detailed legal advice and support through very difficult times.

Fraud & White Collar Crime

Caution Removal

Family Law

Contentious Probate

Civil Law

Protection of Vulnerable Adults

Professional Discipline Marie 888 4040
Criminal Defence Jacqui 888 4040
Criminal Defence Richard 888 4040
Jacqui Callan photo Jacqui CallanPartner and Head of Criminal Defence
Marie Dancer photo Marie DancerManaging Partner
Megan Delaney photo Megan DelaneyTrainee Solicitor
Richard Etherington photo Richard EtheringtonAssociate Solicitor and Higher Courts Advocate
Jayne Harrison photo Jayne HarrisonPartner and Head of Employment
Shannon Keenan photo Shannon KeenanTrainee Solicitor
Lucie Malins photo Lucie MalinsPartner
George Miller photo George MillerFellow Chartered Legal Executive
Richard Nelson photo Richard NelsonSenior Partner
Louise O’Driscoll photo Louise O’DriscollAssociate Solicitor
Steve Roberts photo Steve RobertsPartner
Ben Shellard photo Ben ShellardParalegal
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