Business Defence Solicitors

Solicitor in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Solicitor in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Our companyprovides a wide range of experience and expertise both to businesses and to individuals. All of the firm's lawyers are experts in their chosen field and customers can be assured of receiving the best care and attention.

For example, in relation to investigations, we provide advice and representation throughout all stages of an investigation.

Although our firm is usually brought in to assist an individual, a business or an organization which is under investigation, it has also been instructed by businesses who wish to conduct internal investigations.

In the early stages of an investigation, advice is often needed in the hope that matters can be brought to a swift and effective early conclusion. Sometimes this is possible even to an extent that a prosecution can be avoided.We will provide representation as well as advice throughout the course of the case.

Nearly all investigations involve an interview of some kind or another and a customer will be particularly vulnerable if they are not represented at that early stage. Many cases are lost and won on the basis of what is or is not said in those early exchanges.

Generally speaking, cases are won and lost on preparation. We prepare cases for written submissions and for hearings and will often analyse large volumes of evidence during the course of this, as well as trace and interview witnesses who will be helpful to the case.

We have Advocates who are trained and experienced in presenting cases before Courts and Tribunals. Were it is appropriate to instruct a Barrister or a Queens Counsel (QC), we prepare instructions to Counsel and a Brief for them to present the case in Court. We seek to combine expertise with approachability as we believe that it is of vital importance that there is a clear understanding and rapport between you and your solicitor.

Contact Details

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Priory Court, 1 Derby Road
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
NG9 2TA
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Key People

Richard Nelson
read moreRichard qualified as a solicitor in 1975 joining Freeth Cartwright & Sketchley, becoming a Partner in 1980. In 1983, he left to form Nelsons where, as Senior Partner, he led it to become one of the largest firms in the East Midlands and amongst the largest 50 firms in the country. He left Nelsons to set up Richard Nelson Solicitors in April 2003.

Richard has substantial experience and has gained a national reputation for criminal and regulatory work. In the course of his career, he has dealt with some of the largest cases presented in Court. The Legal 500 for 2008 has rated Richard joint number one for crime and fraud in the East Midlands and has described him as 'inspirational' and 'one of the best fraud lawyers with a truly national profile'.

He was a founder member of the Complex Case Practitioners' Group, is Secretary of the Serious Fraud Association and a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

He also has hands-on business experience and has held a number of non-executive directorships which have provided him with further practical insight of relevance to the firm' work.

Marie Dancer
read moreMarie Dancer trained as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1999; she then trained at Nelsons Solicitors and obtained dual qualification as a Solicitor on 2nd April 2002. She transferred to Richard Nelson in April 2003.

Marie defends fraud cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, BERR and the CPS. She is also expert in money laundering, confiscation and restraint orders. She has experience in running teams of lawyers, defending cases which are regarded as Very High Cost Cases. Legal 500 have described Marie as 'outstanding on the defence of high-value fraud cases'.

Marie also defends a variety of healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies including the GMC and the NMC.

She is a member of Middle Temple, The Law Society, the Association of Women Solicitors and the Young Fraud Lawyers in the North Association.

Paul Southby
read morePaul is partner responsible for commercial and civil litigation and dispute resolution.

He qualified as a solicitor in London in 1982 and worked for several leading commercial firms there and for Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield where he became a partner in 1987. He has worked in Nottingham since1989 and was a partner at Eversheds and with Browne Jacobson until January 2008 when he became the CBIs regional director for the East Midlands. He joined Richard Nelson in June 2010.

Paul has nearly 30 years experience dealing with civil and commercial disputes including product liability cases, trade libel & malicious falsehood matters, intellectual property disputes, sports disciplinary cases, partnership disputes, company law disputes including warranty disputes and shareholder claims, complex contract disputes, health sector cases, debt recovery, and various regulatory matters with a particular focus on environmental and health and safety cases.

Pauls external business and community activities include a current role as chair of Invest in Nottingham Club.

Jonathan Wright
read moreJonathan trained in Hampshire before moving to London and spending 9 years involved in defending large and complex business crime cases. He qualified as a solicitor on 3rd November 1997. He transferred to Richard Nelson in March 2006, where he manages the Cardiff office.

Jonathan is a member of the Law Society's panel of approved Supervising Solicitors for Very High Cost Cases and as such has a wealth of experience in handling large scale, high value fraud cases including those prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, Special Compliance Office and Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. Jonathan is referred to in the Legal 500 for 2008 as expert 'on all aspects of [fraud] cases, including POCA restraint, and confiscation proceedings'.

He has particular experience of defending large MTIC cases and has been actively involved in successful applications to stay proceedings in high profile MTIC (Operation Vitric) and Duty Evasion cases (London City Bond).

Jonathan is a member of the Law Society.

Colin Bailey
read moreColin completed his law degree with honours at The University of Manchester and trained as a Barrister at the Manchester Law School. He was awarded two RG Lawson prizes for academic achievement while studying the LLB.

Colin joined Richard Nelson LLP in 2011 as a member of the Healthcare Law Team based in our Manchester office, defending healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Colins work at Richard Nelson LLP covers a wide range of regulatory, disciplinary and professional issues.

Prior to studying law and training at the Bar, Colin was a director in the Information Technology industry working closely with the legal sector.

Colin is a member of the Middle Temple Inn of Court.

Michelle Brammer
read moreMichelle Brammer qualified as a Legal Executive in 1997, spending ten years with Nelsons Solicitors in Nottingham and Leicester, before moving to work for an established practice in Derby.

Michelle joined Richard Nelson LLP in May 2011.

Michelle specialises in all aspects of private family work, with particular expertise in representing those where there are financial disputes and business assets to resolve. She has dealt with many high net worth individuals and high asset cases often involving private and public limited companies, shareholding and taxation issues, overseas trusts and offshore assets. She also advises on pre-nuptual and living together agreements, has a particular interest in alternative forms of dispute resolution and is qualified Collaborative Lawyer.

Michelle is a member of Resolution First for Family Law. Resolution's members are family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Emma Brooks
read moreEmma Brooks completed her training at a firm in Leeds and qualified as a solicitor on 17th September 2001. She then worked for 5 years at a large defence practice in London, where she defended a variety of criminal cases including serious and organised crime. Emma has acquired a reputation as a strong advocate.

Emma joined the London office of Richard Nelson in February 2007.

Emma is a key member of our Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory team. Her experience includes representing a variety of regulated professionals, including solicitors who are under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with representation before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Emma is a member of the Law Society, Solicitors' Assistance Scheme and the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.

Rachel Buckley
read moreRachel qualified as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1994. In 1997 she obtained dual qualification as a Solicitor and joined Richard Nelson in 2004.

Rachel specialises in professional disciplinary and regulatory work and has considerable expertise in representing:
solicitors, barristers, legal executives and other legal professionals,
doctors, dentists, pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, and
teachers and professionals from many other disciplines,

from investigation through to formal proceedings.

Rachel also advises on issues involving legal complaints and other regulatory matters, deals with defending fraud allegations by the Serious Fraud Office, BERR, HMRC and other regulatory bodies, has experience of cases which are regarded as Very High Cost Cases and is a grade A case manager.

Rachel is a member of the Law Society and Lincolns Inn.

Amy Cheunviratsakul
read moreAmy completed her law degree at Leicester University and then trained as a Barrister at Nottingham Trent Law School. She was called to the Bar in October 2007. She then trained with Richard Nelson and obtained dual qualification as a Solicitor on 1st February 2010.

Amy specialises in defending fraud cases prosecuted by the SFO, BERR and CPS and by Trading Standards and local councils in relation to counterfeit goods. She also specialises in prosecutions brought by the Post Office against their employees. Amy also deals with any subsequent confiscation proceedings and can advise on the transfer of confiscation proceedings to Richard Nelson Solicitors.

Amy also has general litigation experience and has assisted other fee earners with professional disciplinary matters.

She is a member of the National Junior Lawyers Division and the Middle Temple and was awarded the Jules Thorn Scholarship in 2006 for her training at the Bar.

Charlotte Ellis
read moreCharlotte joined Richard Nelson LLP in July 2011 as Senior Solicitor, heading up our Manchester office and the Healthcare Law Team.

Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in September 2004 then worked at a large City Practice for four years before joining a large defence firm in Sheffield where she spent three years defending healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

She is experienced in matters relating to the GMC, the GDC, the NMC, the GTC, the GPC and other regulatory bodies. She also has an interest in advocacy and represents healthcare professionals at the police station, at PCT hearings, at Trust disciplinary hearings and at Inquests.

Charlotte is a member of the Law Society and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary and Lawyers (ARDL). Chambers and Partners have described Charlotte as getting great results for her clients.

Duncan Finlyson
read moreDuncan joined Richard Nelson in June 2008, having previously been with Professional Ethics at the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Duncan manages the Lawyers Defence Group and has considerable experience in the areas of professional conduct, practice management, diversity and IT.

Duncan qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and worked in private practice until 1990 when he joined newly formed legal network LawNet, becoming Managing Director in 1995. Prior to joining the Law Society in 2001, he was Legal Services Director for a web-based IT company and ran his own legal management consultancy.

Duncan has written extensively for the web and press and was the author of a book on Conveyancing and the Law Society's Delivering Diversity CD.

Debbie Gormley
read moreDebbie began her legal career in 1992 and joined Richard Nelson in 2005.

She specialises in contentious fraud and regulatory cases, representing clients facing investigations and proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, DTI, Police and other Professional and Regulatory bodies.

She has experience in a wide range of criminal and professional regulatory matters including large scale money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent trading, confiscation and restraint proceedings, Trading Standards and Health and Safety investigations and prosecutions.

Debbie is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Sarah Hunt
read moreSarah has dealt with serious and very high cost cases for a number of years and has worked with several firms including Glaisyers in Birmingham and Pannones in Manchester.

She joined the firm in 2007 as a senior legal advisor.

Her specialisms include asset recovery, restraint proceedings, confiscation and money laundering and she has been in the defence of serious and complex cases brought by the SFO, HMRC, BERR (formerly DTI) and Trading Standards.

Among her recent cases have been a number of multi-milion pound "carousel" frauds and she has been involved in successful applications for abuse of process in cases prosecuted by BERR and HMRC.

Raheema Jamal
read moreRaheema completed her Law degree at Southampton University and the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff Law School. She trained in a leading criminal practice in South Wales and qualified as a Solicitor on 1st March 2006. She joined the firm in June 2007.

Raheema has experience in defending fraud cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, Trading Standards and the CPS. She is also a member of our Road Traffic department and has advocacy experience in the Magistrates Court.

Raheema specialises in defending Very High Cost cases and is an approved VHCC Solicitor.

Raheema is a member of the Law Society.

Nick Jonathan
read moreNick completed his Law degree and LPC at Glamorgan University. He trained with a well known Cardiff based firm specialising in Wills and Probate before qualifying in June 2008, where he continued to specialise in Wills and Estate Administration at one of the largest providers in the South West.

Nick has experience of dealing with all aspects of will drafting and estate administration, from the most basic wills and estates, through to more involved wills and complex high net worth estates.

Nick has also dealt with a number of high net worth intestacy cases requiring the involvement of genealogists to establish the rightful beneficiaries of the estate.

He is a member of the Law Society. and is based at the Cardiff office.

Charlotte Knight
read moreCharlotte trained in the East Midlands and qualified as a Solicitor on 15th February 2001.

She has experience in defending a variety of criminal cases including serious and organised criminal matters. Charlotte joined Richard Nelson in April 2005. Charlotte is a Higher Rights Advocate.

Charlotte specialises in defending fraud cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and other regulatory bodies. She has expertise in defending cases from the police station through to trial.

Charlotte is a member of the Law Society.

Katherine Langley
read moreKatherine joined Richard Nelson LLP in June 2011 from Keoghs LLP having previously worked at Eversheds LLP in Nottingham and Flint Bishop in Derby.

After completing a Law Degree in 2000 and the Legal Practice Course in 2001 Katherine qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2007.

Katherine has over nine years experience of civil litigation and dispute resolution. Katherine has represented both Claimants and Defendants attending both the County Court and the High Court.

Her clients have included major insurers, PLCs and government departments as well as individuals.

Steve Roberts
read moreSteve completed his Law degree and LPC at Cardiff University. He trained with a general criminal firm based in South Wales before qualifying on 1st June 2005, where he continued to specialise in criminal law.

Steve has experience of dealing with all aspects of the criminal process, from defending clients in the police station, through to the Magistrates and Crown Court.

Steve has also taken a number of Road Traffic cases to the Court of Appeal. He has a reputation as a strong and versatile advocate. Steve joined the firm in January 2007.

He is a member of the Law Society.

Teresa Rosley
read moreTeresa Rosley trained with Spicer and Pegler Chartered Accountants in Nottingham where her interest in SMEs developed while working with a wide variety of clients ranging from stockbrokers to farmers and lace manufacturers to wine merchants.

Teresa has over 15 years experience managing solicitors accounts and legal practices and has worked as an accountant in many environments including an advertising agency and as bursar in a preparatory school.

Teresa is the practice manager.

Shorof Uddin
read moreShorof is a solicitor who joined RNS in November 2009. He graduated in law at Cambridge University in 1996 and obtained his MA in 2000. He has qualifications in financial services, accounts and auditing, and received the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) award in 2002.

Shorof previously worked in Forensic Investigations at the SRA for 7 years and appeared on many occasions before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the Master of the Rolls to give evidence.

Shorof advises on all aspects of disciplinary proceedings and investigations including in relation to practising certificates, intervention proceedings, the SDT and appeals to the High Court.

Shorof has acted for financial advisers and accountants, has experience of the Financial Services Authority and has worked on cases involving allegations of dishonesty, fraud and money laundering. Shorof, as with all our solicitors, accepts cases from across the country.
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