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Nick Abell


In his role as Chairman, Nick ensures that everyone at Wright Hassall delivers on the promises which they make to their clients, whether that is a new client or one that the firm has acted for over a number of years.

About Nick

Nick’s legal expertise and background is in real estate. For many years he was part of the leadership and growth of Wright Hassall’s property disciplines. He became a partner as long ago as 1988 and ultimately our senior partner in 2008.

Since his retirement from the partnership at the beginning of 2016, he has remained with the firm as our Chairman whilst also becoming increasingly involved in the business community of Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands.

He is currently acting Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a non-executive director of the U K Battery Industrialisation Centre Ltd, as well as being a trustee of both the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

Nick is client partner for a number of important clients as well as independent client partner for others.

"Wright Hassall LLP’s work is ‘on a par with the big London firms’... The ‘commercially astute’ Nick Abell heads the team"

Legal 500 UK


  • Acted for TUI Travel in the acquisition of its headquarter offices in Coventry including negotiating and agreeing site acquisition, planning, development, leasehold and funding issues.
  • Although the matter proved abortive, represented a developer in connection with the proposed redevelopment of a premiership football club. The deal reached a very advanced stage and involved complicated problems in connection with title, planning and infrastructure provision.
  • Advised on at least half of all of the development and disposals of properties on the Tachbrook Park development, a large commercial estate outside Leamington Spa.

"Wright Hassall LLP’s work is ‘on a par with the big London firms’... The ‘commercially astute’ Nick Abell heads the team"

Legal 500 UK


Nick was articled at Wright Hassall. He qualified in 1982 and spent 4 years with a leading property firm Nabarro Nathanson before being "lured" back to WH in 1986 to create and head a dedicated commercial property team. Nick was made a partner in 1988 and became the firm's senior partner in 2009.


  • Vice Chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP
  • Trustee of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Nick lives just outside Stratford upon Avon and is married with two children. He is a keen (but semi-retired) cricketer, but has a passion for all sports (especially golf). His other big interest is fine wine and could never understand why he ended up as a solicitor rather than joining his late father in the family wine business. Nick also speaks French.

Meet the team

Meet the team
James Polo Richards - Real Estate Solicitor
James Polo-Richards Commercial Development and Investment Partner
Dawn Short - Property Lawyer
Dawn Short Associate
Claire Waring - Development and Securitisation Lawyer
Claire Waring Partner
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