Richard Nelson

Senior Partner


Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1975, before joining Freeth Cartwright & Sketchley where he became a Partner in 1980. He went on to form Nelsons in 1983, which, as Senior Partner, he helped build up to become one of the largest 50 firms in the country. Then in 2003, he left Nelsons to establish Richard Nelson LLP. He has a lot of hands-on business experience, not only by establishing his own successful firms but also by holding a number of non-executive directorships.

Richard has built up the firm’s national reputation for regulatory investigations, fraud defence and professional disciplinary work by dealing with some of the largest cases presented in Court during his career. The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners have ranked Richard and described him as ‘inspirational’ and ‘one of the best fraud lawyers with a truly national profile’.

Richard is a highly regarded regulatory lawyer with particular expertise in representing other solicitors in SRA investigations and before the SDT, where he specialises in defending allegations of misconduct. He also advises solicitors on issues such as compliance, interventions and practice closures. Richard is a Past President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • SRA Solicitors

    We have specialist solicitors experienced in working with other lawyers who are involved in SRA disciplinary proceedings including representation before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

  • 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.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • Lawyers Defence Group
  • Solicitors Assistance Scheme
  • Law Society
  • Secretary of the Serious Fraud Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Nottinghamshire Law Society
  • North West Fraud Forum

The firm carries out a range of work types for clients all over the UK. All the key processes required by Lexcel are working very well.

Richard Nelson

Richard is extremely experienced and a superb advocate.

Chambers Ranked UK 2024
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