Jacqui Callan



Jacqui is a Partner and heads up our criminal defence team. She has worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 25 years. Her experience includes being the Director for Crime at one of the biggest criminal defence firms in the UK. She was one of the first defence Higher Court Advocates on the Leicester circuit and is a confident advocate.

Jacqui has experience with defending all aspects of criminal defence work, including, defending sexual offences, sham marriages, murder, drugs and fitness to plead matters.

Jacqui joined Richard Nelson LLP in 2016 and has concentrated on defending privately funded sexual offences and regulatory matters before the Magistrates and Crown Court.  Her work in sexual offences, in particular, possession of indecent images, has been particularly noteworthy with her recently defending in a case that involved the possession of over 17,000 indecent images.

Jacqui’s work in criminal law was recognised in the Legal 500 2021, where her work was said to ‘typify the excellence of the firm.’ Her specialism in sexual offence cases was also recognised.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Trading Standards Investigations

    We represent businesses who are being investigated by Trading Standards, including matters serious enough to be contested in the Crown Court.

  • Road Traffic Solicitors

    Richard Nelson LLP’s specialist team is here to minimise the impact that road traffic offences can have on our clients’ private and professional lives.

  • Fitness to Plead

    Our criminal defence solicitors have an excellent reputation for defending individuals who find themselves in fitness to plead hearings, which includes representation at the earliest possible occasion.

  • Military Solicitors

    Our criminal defence solicitors can represent members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at all stages of the Service Justice System, with specialist knowledge of military investigations.

  • Criminal Defence for Military Servicepersons

    Our specialist solicitors can represent you in interviews conducted by the service police and remain by your side until an outcome can be reached.

  • Court Martial Solicitors

    We provide representation for servicepeople who have been charged with a service offence and summoned to one of the permanent Military Courts Centres.

  • Student Misconduct Inquiries

    We advise and represent students facing their university’s disciplinary processes with the goal of allowing you to continue your education and safeguard your future.

  • Health and Safety Investigations

    We defend businesses who are under investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, including the most serious workplace accidents and incidents.

  • Fire Safety Investigations

    If you are subject to a fire safety investigation or if you have been subject to any form of enforcement action, or regulatory solicitors can help.

  • Possession of Indecent Images of Children

    Our indecent images solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of sexual offences.

  • Sexual Offences

    Richard Nelson LLP’s team has experience in a range of cases, including historic sexual offences, rape allegation and possession of indecent images.

  • False Rape Allegations

    Our rape defence lawyers will listen to you without judgement and will support you through this process from start to finish. We passionately believe that everyone has the right to a fair trial and we will fight to ensure that a Court hears what our clients have to say.

  • Historic Sexual Offences

    It is not just famous people who have to face allegations of historic sexual offences, anyone can be falsely accused of historic sexual offences. If this applies to you then Richard Nelson LLP’s historic sexual offence solicitors can assist you with expert advice and experienced representation; contact us today.

  • Fraud Defence

    We are one of the leading firms in England and Wales for fraud defence, specialising in serious fraud, but with a strong track record in smaller matters, too.

  • Restraint Orders

    Our experienced defence lawyers advise on the legality of restraint orders and challenge them where appropriate.

  • Confiscation Orders

    We have a successful track record in representing clients with confiscation proceedings, many of which have involved multi-million pound figures.

  • BEIS Investigations

    Our solicitors are experienced in defending criminal investigations brought by the BEIS, including advice when invited to a formal interview under caution.

  • Money Laundering

    Our regulatory solicitors have been advising businesses and individuals in money laundering issues for years, and also provide training to accountants and other lawyers on money laundering defence and compliance.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • The Law Society

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Jacqui Callan

That devastating moment arrived when my family needed legal representation. We had no idea where to go or who to turn to. We started researching and making a few calls. We are so pleased that this led us to Richard Nelson Solicitors. From the very first telephone conversation with Jacqui... Callan the decision was made. Her empathy, knowledge, calmness and support was evident from the outset. Jacqui, Shannon Keenan (legal assistant) and Mr Phil Gibbs (our Barrister) maintained regular contact with us in the following months, proactively ensuring we were all fully aware of what was happening. Always available despite heavy workloads, always reassuring, always professional. During the court proceedings (the worst 10 days of our lives) Phil, Jacqui & Shannon were ever-present maintaining a calm, competent and personable approach. They all took time to explain every element of the proceedings in an honest and methodical manner ensuring that despite our obvious stress we understood everything. Their approach assisted us with the emotions of the situation. Mr Gibbs impressively articulated our case signifying his knowledge of the facts, his cross-examination was firm but fair, demonstrating again his empathy and understanding of the situation for both parties involved. Truth and justice prevailed when the verdict was announced and we were successful. The whole team lived, ate and slept our case with us. I cannot explain in words how grateful we are to them all. We owe them everything. If you are reading this, as I did other reviews because you are lost and do not know where to turn for legal advice, I would without hesitation recommend this firm.

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