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 region with offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham providing a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals.

Our growth has been largely the result of strategic mergers and acquisitions. In 1999 and 2000, we expanded into Derby and Leicester and in just 18 months acquired seven smaller firms. In April 2015, we acquired the historic Derby firm, Moody and Woolley.

With a reputation for forward thinking and innovation, we were one of the first law firms in the region to become a Limited company in April 2010 and were granted Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status in 2014, which allows non-lawyers to take a more influential role and shares within the business.

In June 2017, we announced our succession plan which saw Partner Stewart Vandermark who joined Nelsons in 2001, become Chief Executive. Tim Hastings, who had been Chief Executive since 2003, became Chairman and remains a member of the board, working alongside Stewart.

Nelsons is embedded in the communities of Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and the East Midlands in general as a provider of dependable and expert legal advice, delivered in an efficient and straightforward manner and tailored to the needs of our clients.

Our specialist experience and the depth of our resources also enable us to offer services to other solicitors through Fusion Legal – a mutually-beneficial referrals and support network for law firms.

  • “Really enjoyed working with a great group of people who understand that culture matters. A lot.”

    Comment from Professor Damian Hughes (Liquid Thinker - following a presentation at our Partners' Conference (January 2019)

Leading the way

The firm is recognised by the leading, independently researched Legal 500 and is recommended by them in over 20 practice areas. We are also recommended by Chambers and Partners and feature in The Lawyer’s UK 200 Annual Report of the UK’s largest 200 law firms.

We were also shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards 2018 as Law Firm of the Year: The Independents – South and Midlands.

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.

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