Nelsons Solicitors

HSKS Increase Presence in Midlands

Bondholder HSKS Greenhalgh has increased its presence in the region following its acquisition of Wollaton accountancy firm Cobb Burgin & Co.

The acquisition coincides with the retirement of Cobb Burgin founder Chris Cobb, who started the business in 1981.  Neil Burgin, who joined the practice in 1985 and became a partner in 1987, will remain as Associate Director and he will be joined at the firm’s Middleton Boulevard offices by Peter Rimmington, who has been with HSKS Greenhalgh since 2000.

Colin Peacock, HSKS Greenhalgh Managing Director, said: "When looking to expand our business through acquisition, we are always keen to identify opportunities with firms who share our philosophy of establishing long-term relationships with clients and this is definitely the case with Cobb Burgin, which is one of the reasons why we are so excited to have completed the deal.  

“We look forward to getting to know Cobb Burgin’s clients, who can rest assured that they will continue to receive the same high level of client service.  The acquisition means that they will now have access to a range of additional services, such as Corporate Finance and Estate Planning and Probate Services, as well as the expertise of our specialist sector advisors where appropriate.”

Legal advice was provided by Rachel Bennett, Corporate and Finance Partner at fellow Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP.  

Rachel commented: "The Corporate department at Flint Bishop were delighted to work with Colin and his team on their latest acquisition. The deal was a classic fit for both businesses, giving HSKS Greenhalgh a great opportunity for expansion, whilst securing the succession of the business for Chris & Neil. I'm sure there will be many positives for the combined business and their respective clients moving forward."

The deal was financed by Bondholder NatWest, who were advised by David Kaplan of Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors.


The Legal 500

The latest Legal 500 rankings have been released, featuring a number of Bondholder firms. 

The Legal 500 is the leading guide to law firms, assessing strengths in over 100 jurisdictions and highlighting those providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice. Research and ranking is then verified by researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market, including interviews with clients, peers and other professionals.

Flint Bishop

Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP, has been recognised in multiple disciplines in The Legal 500’s recommendations. 

Managing Partner for Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, Qamer Ghafoor has been acknowledged as one of only seven “region-wide” Leading Lawyers specifically for Commercial Litigation. The Legal 500 commented that Qamer “makes a client’s dispute his own, battling for the very best outcome with passion and steely charm.”

His Commercial Litigation department has been ranked Tier 1 (the highest tier achievable) for its work in the past twelve months, including defending national insurance firm, Haven Insurance in the Supreme Court. Partner, Nick Wells and Lorna Trueman from their Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Debt Recovery and Professional Negligence departments were also recommended.

Senior Partner Andrew Cochrane has once again been highlighted as a Leading Lawyer in his field of Licensing, leading a team undergoing a period of significant growth working with national pub and hotel operators.


Bondholder Freeths has been recognised for its corporate and commercial services, with John Heaphy and Karl Jansen recognised as leading individuals. 

The Legal 500 noted that Freeths'  "responsive team draws upon its ‘years of experience’ to provide shareholders and board members with ‘pragmatic and tailored’ advice on matters ranging from private equity funding to acquisitions." 


Bondholder firm Geldards' corporate and commercial team was recognised by the Legal 500 for its engagement with the automotive, retail and healthcare sectors, with David Tilly noted as a leading individual. 

Nelsons Solicitors

The Legal 500 recognised Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors' commercial litigation services, as well as its debt recovery services. 

Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership has achieved its best results in the 2017 Legal 500, earning recognition across the East Midlands within every category entered.

The law firm has been moving up the rankings in the Legal 500 report year on year, and is one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.

Swindell & Pearson

The Legal 500 noted that Bondholder Swindell and Pearson has notable strength in trade mark prosecution and litigation, and is ‘ideal for any university wanting to capitalise on its in house IP and knowhow in the field of medical engineering’.


Derby Law firms top the Legal 500

The Legal 500 is an annual publication of leading law firms in the UK across regions and sectors.  Bondholders Flint Bishop, Freeths, Geldards, Nelsons SolicitorsSmith Partnership and Swindell and Pearson are all celebrating the latest edition which scores the profession across multiple disciplines.

Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor, said: "I'm pleased with this year's Legal 500 results and for the recommendations across both the commercial and private areas of the firm."

Freeths maintained its strong regional reputation, which continues to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious matters to attract a steady work flow in the commercial litigation and insolvency areas across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Geldards chief executive, Jeff Pearson, said: "Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year's ranking shows we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market."

Derby partners at Nelsons Solicitors Simon Waterfield and Kevin Modiri are highlighted for their work in property litigation and insolvency and corporate recovery respectively.

Russell Davies, partner at Smith Partnership said: "Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law."

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson were delighted to be named as one of the UK's top intellectual property firms and several of their attorneys were also specifically recommended for the quality of their work.


For an overview and to view all results visit the Legal 500 website

Nelsons doubles investment management team

Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors has doubled the size of its investment management team, with its independent financial advisors now managing more than £120million of investment.

The team, now standing at nine people, comprises of partner and chartered financial planner Andy Hammond, IFAs Phil Terry, Laura Hatton and Simon Thatcher, as well as a paraplanning manager, two paraplanners, a projects administrator and an administration assistant.

Andy Hammond commented: "Our team has grown rapidly over the last two years, in order for us to offer a first class service that is tailored to the requirements of both our existing and new clients."

He continued: "As we are part of a thriving law firm, our work often overlaps with that of the other teams in the firm, such as wills, probate and trusts, personal injury, corporate and family law. This approach has significant benefits for our clients, as we are offering a multi-disciplinary and full-service proposition."


Four senior promotions in Nelsons real estate team

Three team members have been promoted to Associates and one to Partner in the expanding real estate team at Bondholder law firm Nelsons Solicitors.

Chris Huntingford is taking on the role of Partner while colleagues Rachel Bushell, Trevor Scott and Mary Gharmount have been promoted to associates. Chris specialises in providing advice on properties over £500,000 and technical conveyancing matters. He commented: "I'm very grateful for the confidence the firm has shown in me since I joined. The property market in Derby continues to expand and we have positioned our conveyancing department to take full advantage of the improving market conditions."

Rachel joined the firm in 2013 and is keen to grow the residential conveyancing offering following her promotion. She said: "The team is very busy at the moment, which is indicative of how the property market in Derby is flourishing. Our goal is to maintain our exceptional services which we offer to clients and to capitalise on new business leads as the market continues to thrive."

Trevor has over 13 years' experience working in the property sector across the East Midlands and joined Nelsons in 2013. Commenting on his promotion he said: "My aim for the next year is to focus on developing more strong local business relationships and to establish Nelsons' residential property department as the number one choice for clients in the East Midlands."

Mary also joined the team in 2013 and specialises in real estate with a particular focus on commercial property and residential development. She said: "Stand out projects in my career to date at Nelsons have included working alongside a developer on a 7-year project to build over 250 houses in the Derby area. Over the next few years I would like to attract new developer clients so that we can further develop the plot sales within the team in the Derby office and provide an exceptional service for developers."

Innes England oversees Nelsons revamp

Sterne House on Lodge Lane

Bondholder and Derby-based law firm Nelsons Solicitors has undertaken a transformation project at its Sterne House office on Lodge Lane which is being overseen by fellow Bondholder Innes England.

Additions include an impressive glazed atrium as well as a brand new conference room on the building's top floor.

Mike Thorne, Director at Innes England said: "The building was in need of modernisation so having looked carefully at the options they decided that a refurbishment programme would deliver what they were looking for."

Staff at Nelsons have temporarily moved out of the building during the works and are expected to return early this year to an improved, high-quality working environment.

Nelsons has also secured the National Law Society's law management quality mark, Lexcel, for the eleventh year running - an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal teams.