Derby lawyer returns to city to head up team
Specialist divorce lawyer Layla Babadi has moved from Nelsons’ Nottingham office to lead its family team that advises on divorce and separation in Derby.
Senior associate and solicitor Babadi, who qualified as a solicitor in 2005, specialises in divorce and separation, and is an expert in international divorce law. She previously worked with Derby-based Moody and Woolley, which was established in the city in 1846, until it was acquired by Nelsons in 2015.
Babadi moved to the firm’s Nottingham office in 2017 to continue her work and support the growing team in the city. As part of her return to the firm’s Derby office, in Lodge Lane, Layla will be responsible for overseeing and developing the divorce and separation team.
She said: “Over the years, the family team in Derby has done an excellent job building up a very strong presence and profile both locally and regionally. I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to lead the divorce and separation side of the department – where I will be responsible for ensuring our clients continue to receive the personal service and high-quality advice for which Nelsons is renowned – and to be moving back to the city where I started my legal career.
“Family law is very broad and, as part of my priorities in Derby, I’m wanting to continue to develop the divorce and separation team and their specialisms, helping to further cement our reputation and knowledge and boost our offering in the city.”
Stewart Vandermark, chief executive at Nelsons, added: “Since joining us from Moody and Woolley in 2015, Layla has brought a wealth of experience and her specialism in both high value and international divorce law has become an integral part of our service offering to clients. I look forward to seeing the team in Derby grow in terms of its strength and specialisms with Layla at the helm.”