Jacqui Callan



Jacqui is a Partner and heads our criminal defence team, having joined the firm in 2016. With over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system, she has a proven track record in the field. Jacqui holds the distinction of being one of the first defence Higher Court Advocates on the Leicester circuit and is known for her confident and persuasive advocacy skills.

Jacqui’s expertise encompasses defending a wide range of criminal allegations, with particular expertise in defending serious sexual allegations, including rape, historic sexual abuse and indecent images. She is also experienced in defending murder cases, drug-related offences, motoring and regulatory matters.

Jacqui is highly regarded in UK legal rankings. Jacqui’s team is ranked in Chambers 2024 for Crime, East Midlands in Band 1, which is a testament to the team’s exceptional abilities and achievements. In addition, Jacqui is ranked by Chambers 2024 for Crime as an individual, which is particularly impressive given she is the only criminal defence solicitor in the East Midlands to achieve this recognition.

In the Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024 rankings, Jacqui’s team is again recognised, in addition to which Jacqui is categorised as a ‘leading individual’ for criminal defence. The review notes: “Jacqui Callan is the stand-out individual. Her experience in criminal defence is unmatchable. She also has a great support team.”

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

    Have you been accused of being in possession of indecent images of children? Richard Nelson's indecent images solicitors are here to help.

  • 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

    If you have been falsely accused of historic sexual offences then contact Richard Nelson LLP's defence lawyers today for representation.

  • 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


  • Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • The Law Society

Working in a busy team dedicated to whatever task is thrown at us day or night makes life at Richard Nelson LLP fulfilling and challenging

Jacqui Callan

Jacqui is very good in what she shares with counsel and is quite focused and direct

Chambers Ranked UK 2024
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