Nelson James

Leading Scottish Sheriff Officers and Messenger-at-arms.

Nelson James provides legal and property services to both the private and public sectors.

We are experts in the field of citation and enforcement in Scotland and work with the country’s largest civil and criminal law firms.

We trace, investigate, cite and enforce warrants on behalf of our clients.

But we are more than just Sheriff Officers and Messengers-at-Arms.

We offer a complete corporate property maintenance and development service across the country.

We also provide independent inventories to the letting industry, private landlords and tenants – as well as a tenant ‘check-in and check-out’ service.

Our national team of multi-skilled tradesmen can also provide property development and improvement services, offering a one-stop shop for landlords, businesses and individuals looking for professional property support.

About us

Our philosophy is to combine expertise and efficiency.

With more than twenty years of experience as Messengers-At-Arms and Sheriff Officers, our philosophy is ‘to combine expertise and efficiency in order to deliver excellence’.

Our clients span the legal, commercial, private and public sectors. They know that when they place their instructions with us, the job always gets done.

The team at Nelson James offers exceptional service to the legal, commercial, private and public sectors. With more than 20 years of experience as Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff’s Officers, our philosophy is “expertise and efficiency”.

Nelson James was established in Livingston in 2003 as a full service legal provider for debt recovery and judgement enforcement. Now with a second office in Aberdeen, we offer a committed and country-wide service.

Our clients are at the centre of everything we do and we pride ourselves on a strong work ethic, clear communications and a methodical approach to our services. Our highly qualified and trusted team has more than 20 years in the business so our expertise is second to none, yet we’re also completely up to date with cutting edge technology and the latest in mobile devices that allow us to work efficiently and resourcefully in order to obtain the best possible outcomes for our clients.


Citation and Enforcement

Nelson James

As Messengers at Arms and Sheriff Officers, Citation and Enforcement is at the core of our business practice. We strive to provide clients with the most efficient, cost effective results, and treat each individual case upon its own merits, working in partnership with our clients to ensure the correct course of action is taken to provide the best outcome.

Tracing and Investigations

Nelson James

We carry out tracing and investigations as part of our daily methodology in enforcement of debts and service of citations. It can be seen as a key element of the diligence process but can also be used to locate former tenants, beneficiaries and witnesses.

Field Agency

Nelson James

Working in conjunction with our tracing and investigation department, NJ Field Agency can verify much of the information obtained by personally visiting properties.

Contact us

Our regional hub allows us to cover the whole of Scotland.


Ochil House
EH54 6QF
DX: 554 000 LIVINGSTON 8
Tel: 01506 429988


9 Bon-Accord Crescent
AB11 6DN
Tel: 01224 337454


12 South Charlotte Street
DX: 554 000 LIVINGSTON 8
Tel: 0131 202 1159


38 Queen Street
G1 3DX
DX: 554 000 LIVINGSTON 8
Tel: 0141 212 0337