Senior Associate and Solicitor, Layla, who qualified as a solicitor in 2005, specialises in divorce and separation, and is an expert in international divorce law. She previously worked with Derby-based Moody and Woolley, which was established in the city in 1846, until we acquired the firm in 2015.
Layla moved to the firm’s Nottingham office in 2017 to continue her work and support the growing team in the city. As part of her return to our Derby office Layla will be responsible for overseeing and developing the divorce and separation team. She said:
“Over the years, the family team in Derby has done an excellent job building up a very strong presence and profile both locally and regionally. I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to lead the divorce and separation side of the department – where I will be responsible for ensuring our clients continue to receive the personal service and high-quality advice for which Nelsons is renowned – and to be moving back to the city where I started my legal career.
“Family law is very broad and, as part of my priorities in Derby, I’m wanting to continue to develop the divorce and separation team and their specialisms, helping to further cement our reputation and knowledge and boost our offering in the city.”
Working across the East Midlands and beyond, Layla has worked on many complex and high value divorce cases as well as those with an international element – a specialism that she has developed over many years. Her role at our Derby office will involve heading up the team and leading on a variety of cases.
“I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a solicitor as it gave me the opportunity to help people and feel like I was making a genuine difference to people’s lives. For me, the satisfaction of seeing someone who starts the divorce process – when they are often fragile – become the person they are at the end of that journey is very rewarding.”
Stewart Vandermark, Chief Executive at Nelsons, added:
“Since joining us from Moody and Woolley in 2015, Layla has brought a wealth of experience and her specialism in both high value and international divorce law has become an integral part of our service offering to clients. I look forward to seeing the team in Derby grow in terms of its strength and specialisms with Layla at the helm.”