Nelsons Solicitors has expanded its intellectual property (IP) team in Nottingham to seven members after taking on Shelley Litchfield, who has a wealth of experience in non-contentious IP.

Shelley joins Nelsons’ growing IP team made up of Jim Carter, Karen Harrison, Stewart Vandermark, Nick McDonald, Emma Ward, and Laura Wright. Shelley started her career at Nelsons, where she trained and then qualified as a solicitor into the Commercial and Technology team in 2010.

She worked at Nelsons until May last year and then moved to Fraser Brown. She now returns to Nelsons, bringing with her experience in IT, IP, franchising and general commercial law.

Shelley said: ‘I’m really thrilled to be returning to Nelsons. It is where I trained and qualified so I am very familiar with the team and the work ethos.

‘The IP team at Nelsons is large and experienced. We now have seven team members, including myself and Nick who has recently come on board. I will be working on non-contentious matters along with Jim and Karen.

‘I’m looking forward to moving forward and progressing my career. It feels good to be back and I’m looking forward to the challenge of new cases and being very busy.’

Nick McDonald, who has recently joined the team as a partner, is also assisting in developing the firm’s expertise. A former IT consultant before going into law, Nick specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP and IT issues.

He works across commercial litigation and contractual advice.

Jim Carter, who heads Nelsons’ commerce and technology team, said: ‘We are delighted that Shelley has returned to Nelsons. She will help to strengthen the team further and to grow our IP and IT offering to clients all over the East Midlands.’

Nelsons has offices throughout the East Midlands in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.