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Leading Nottingham law firm Nelsons has promoted eight employees within several of its departments.  

Chartered financial planner Zoe Till has been promoted to investment director, while Gemma Hopper, Sarah Gregory, Emily Rose, Katy Swinbourne and Ella Sheppard have been promoted to senior associate. Additionally, Paula Haverkamp has been promoted to associate and litigation executive and Sophie-Laura Noble to senior marketing executive – collectively these eight women have worked at Nelsons for more than 46 years.  

Investment management specialist Zoe, who has 19 years’ experience in the financial services industry, joined Nelsons in 2018. She said:

“In the four years since I joined the firm, Nelsons has continued to grow and adapt in response to the changing needs of our clients.  We are a truly motivated team that provides comprehensive, high-quality advice and expertise that empowers the clients, trustees and attorneys that we work with.  

“My main priority moving forwards is to continue to bolster our profile in the region and beyond.” 

The promotion comes after a successful year for Zoe, which saw her make it to the final eleven in the ‘Financial Adviser of the Year – Midlands and East Anglia’ category at the Women in Financial Advice Awards.  

Meanwhile, Gemma joined Nelsons’ Court of Protection team in 2019, after qualifying as a solicitor with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in 2016, to specialise in powers of attorney and deputyship appointments. Gemma has recently been awarded the Solicitors for the Elderly Full Accredited Membership for her work in advising on older client law. 

Sarah, who joined the corporate team last year, specialises in acquisitions, mergers and disposals, while Emily, who joined Nelsons in 2014 before qualifying in 2018, advises on medical negligence cases and inquests. 

In the family department, Katy, who joined the firm in 2020, advises on children law matters, including adoption and care proceedings, whereas employment specialist Ella advises businesses and individuals on a wide range employment law and HR matters. She joined Nelsons in 2015 and qualified as a solicitor four years later.  

Paula has been advising on landlord and tenant issues as well as property disputes at Nelsons since 2001 and Sophie-Laura, who joined in 2019, is an integral part of the firm’s marketing team.    

Stewart Vandermark, chief executive at Nelsons, said:

“Zoe, Gemma, Sarah, Emily, Katy, Ella, Paula and Sophie-Laura have all shown great dedication in their respective areas of expertise. The fact we have so many people being promoted in Nottingham is a testament to all their hard work and I’d like to congratulate everyone on their promotions.” 

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Picture: L to R Zoe Till, Ella Sheppard, Katy Swinbourne, Paula Haverkamp, Sarah Gregory, Sophie-Laura Noble, Gemma Hopper

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