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Who we are

At Actons Solicitors, we are very proud to be one of the leading independent law firms in Nottingham. Having been based in Nottingham for over 200 years, our long-standing reputation is based not only on providing top quality legal advice - but on developing long term, mutually beneficial relationships.


What we do

We try not to sit on the fence. We've built a team of down-to-earth lawyers, who know that at the heart of providing you with exceptional service is listening and understanding what you want to achieve.


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Chairman's welcome

I am very proud that Actons is a leading independent law firm in Nottingham.  

We spend time listening and getting to know our clients.  This makes our job much more enjoyable and helps you achieve your goals.

Based on that time spent getting to know you, our aim is to become your trusted advisor – whether that’s for your business or in a personal context.

Actons will continue to grow, whilst remaining a strong, independent law firm that builds long term relationships with our clients.  For you, that means you’ll continue to have access to the best advice, directly from some of the best lawyers.

I’m often asked what’s behind our ongoing success.  It’s got to be our strong, enthusiastic team who enjoy helping our clients, and making a difference.

Nicky Calthrop-Owen

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Business protection: can I really stop an ex-employee working for a competitor?

I've had a number of new clients, whose key employees are leaving them, say to me recently "but I can't stop them working for a competitor, can I?" Often the answer is no.  But not beca...


The meaning of “establishment” in the Woolworths cases

European Court of Justice decides meaning of “establishment” in Woolworths collective redundancy cases. We previously reported (available here) on Advocate General Wahl’s opinion ...


New president for Nottingham City Business Club

Nic Elliott, a director of Nottingham law firm, Actons, has been elected as the new president of the Nottingham City Business Club (NCBC) following the club’s recent AGM. Jonathan E...


Actons beat the Three Peaks and smash fundraising target

We did it!!  On Saturday 9 May 2015, our energetic team of walkers took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise funds for Framework Housing Association. In spite of atrocious conditions o...


How can we help you?

What do you want to achieve? That's where we start.

Our teams of specialist solicitors will then be able to advise you with the sole intention of delivering positive results - every time.


"The responses are ‘swift and clear' at Actons’ corporate department, which, in 2013, was active on a range of regional SMEs and owner-managed businesses. It advised on the MBO of a specialist aluminium bending business, and separately acted on the sale of a national courier business for £1m. Simon Dakin is ‘always ahead of the game', ‘contactable at all times' and provides ‘very commercial advice."

The Legal 500 2014

"Well reputed for its work on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious restructurings and insolvencies. Acts for insolvency practitioners in corporate and personal insolvency situations. Able to handle insolvency situations with cross-border aspects."

Chambers & Partners 2015

“The key area where they add value is their operational focus and practical approach. They have a superb ability to provide commercial solutions based on a real understanding of our business objectives. I have no hesitation in recommending Nic and the other members of the employment team at Actons.”

Paul Broderick, Director of HR, Bathstore.com

"Actons has ‘one of the strongest insolvency teams in the Nottingham area' with ‘strong technical knowledge' across the range of matters. It acts for major insolvency practitioners in the region, such as Bates Weston, KPMG, BDO and Baker Tilly."

The Legal 500 2014

“I have absolute confidence in the advice of Claire and the other members of the employment team at Actons.”

Kate Price, Head of HR, Hillarys Blinds