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Jacqui Callan


Jacqui 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, multi-handed money laundering cases, sham marriages, customs and excise, murder, drugs, fitness to plead and sexual offences.

Jacqui joined Richard Nelson LLP in January 2016 and has since concentrated on defending regulatory matters as well as serious and complex cases before the Crown Court; both privately funded and legally aided where applicable. Her work at Richard Nelson LLP 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.



What Others Say

It’s no exaggeration to say that you have both saved my life over the past 2 years and ultimately this week. You have been nothing but respectful, caring and down to earth throughout the entire process. From the small things like not over-contacting me when you could sense I just wanted to bury it until this date came to inviting us to court earlier each morning just to see if I/we were okay. You have walked us through each step in a way that we could understand and at a pace we felt comfortable. This entire experience has been literal hell for me and my family but you have made it a million times easier than it could have possibly been. It’s a shame that you couldn’t have been there today for the result, but I assume you’re off to save another’s life! From the bottom of my heart I cannot put into words just how grateful we all are, I just wish we could thank you in person. Thank you for putting up with my mum and dad no doubt constantly calling and emailing for reassurance of which you delivered in spades with every single call. I will never forget what you’ve done for me and my family and I will not hesitate for a second in recommending your amazing company to anyone who needs your help in the future.

A client

Jacqui Callan (partner) and Richard Etherington (associate) typify the excellence offered by the firm, going above and beyond a client’s expectations.

Legal 500 2021

'A first class service to lay and professional clients alike.’

‘The firm deals with complex technical cases professionally and with a personal touch. The criminal law solicitors work outside normal hours to meet needs of professional clients and have the ability to offer joint working with their regulatory team.’

Legal 500 2021

Having instructed Richard Nelson LLP to represent my son in his defence, Jacqui & Philip (Barrister) have been outstanding in their representation & got us a great result, can’t thank them enough!

Philip S

Jacqui was amazing, reassuring and I felt at ease with her confidence and attitude. I would use her every time (if needed!) and recommend her highly. I never felt worried - she always made me feel really relaxed with her presence on the case.

Jessica B

I first contacted your firm in early 2018 while I was finishing a custodial sentence, when it became clear that I was subject to a further police investigation. Jacqui met with me at short notice and quickly identified the strengths and weaknesses of my case, assisting me through a round of challenging police interviews.

When I was subsequently charged, Jacqui had complete grasp of what was a complex situation surrounding the circumstances of the offending. She was able to provide pragmatic advice and later representation that was invaluable in securing the best possible result.

I’m so glad I chose to go down the Solicitor Advocate route. The value in being represented by someone who took the time to get to know every last detail of the case, from interviews and case preparation through to the representation in Crown Court, was undoubtedly huge.

As a result of the representation provided by Richard Nelson LLP, I received an excellent result which far exceeded my expectations and I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of your team. I commend Jacqui and indeed your firm as a whole.

Mr E

Jacqui has championed the cause of mentally ill offenders and her instructions are always focussed on the right issues. Her knowledge of the medico-legal aspects of cases is very helpful in addressing the right issues related to the case

A Psychiatrist

I have used Jacqui Callan for many years and can say that she has always put her clients first. She is very professional and always goes that extra distance to fight for her clients.

A client

I am just emailing to thank Richard Nelson LLP and particularly Criminal solicitor Jacqui Callan at your Nottingham branch for excellent work in successfully defending my case in December. Jacqui is a credit to your firm and the legal profession.

From the moment she first took my case on I felt in good, professional hands with a solicitor who is positive and always polite. Her experience is clear to see and the advice given makes one feel reassured. Which is very important to innocent people trying to negotiate the intricate web that is the British legal system.

A client

Jacqui was fantastic. I feel Jacqui went above and beyond, even travelling to Derby to interview witnesses to then coming back again to sit in on interviews. Jacqui made me feel my case was in the best hands and evidently, it was. Thank you for everything.

A client

I would like to thank you for taking on my case and being so understanding and patient when I was constantly emailing things to you. I thank you for your consummate professionalism, your empathy, and your service which was second to none and I owe you and your firm a debt of gratitude.

A client

Jacqui Callan is greatly experienced in dealing with sexual offence work. Good judgement and realistic advice. Richard Etherington is patient, great client manner. Solid police station advice.

Legal 500, 2021

Jacqui Callan is thoroughly prepared, a master of the facts of any case and incredibly well informed. Richard Etherington is a pleasure to work with, a great member of any team. A real star.

Legal 500, 2021

Jacqui Callan’s clients frequently praise her personable approach – she takes the time to attentively explain complex issues. Richard Etherington’s no-nonsense yet ‘never say die’ approach to litigation coupled with immaculate trial preparation wins the respect of his clients and fellow lawyers alike.

Legal 500, 2021

Jacqui Callan knows her cases inside out – a first rate lawyer; first rate on client care and diligence. Richard Etherington is a conscientious, hardworking lawyer who will go far. His manner with clients is both firm and understanding. Both reflect the ethos of the firm and the firm stands out due to the quality of the staff and their engagement with clients.

Legal 500, 2021