Nelson James

Leading Scottish Sheriff Officers and Messenger-at-arms.

Nelson James LLP, Messengers at arms and Sheriff Officers provide nationwide legal 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. We provide a prompt and reliable service at all times.

About us

Our philosophy is to combine expertise and efficiency in order to deliver excellence.

Nelson James was established in Livingston on 1st May 2003 as a service legal provider in West Lothian, however with offices now in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow we are proud to offer a reliable and prompt countrywide 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. We are also up to date with cutting edge technology and the latest mobile devices that allow us to work efficiently and resourcefully in order to obtain the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Our highly qualified and trusted team have twenty years’ experience in the industry so our expertise is second to none.

In March 2016, Nelson James retained our "Silver" Investors in People accreditation and March 2018 we achieved "Gold" Investors in Young People accreditation, which is testament to our commitment in developing our staff to enhance our business strategies.


Citation and Enforcement

As Messengers at Arms and Sheriff Officers, citation and enforcement is at the core of our business practice. We strive on providing 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 possible outcome.

Tracing and Investigations

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

Working in conjunction with our tracing and investigation team, we verify much of the information obtained by personally attending properties. Our field agents can carry our “Pre-sue Analysis Reports” in order to obtain vital information prior to court action.

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
Email: enquiries@nelsonjames

Privacy Policy

Who are we?

Nelson James LLP is a limited liability partnership with our registered office at Suite 3, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF. We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office under registration reference Z2642436.

How we use your information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) states that we are only allowed to use personal information if we have at least one of the following reasons:

  • Consent
  • When it is in our legitimate interest
  • To fulfil a contract.
  • When it is our legal obligation.
Your individual rights

Under the GDPR your rights are as follows.

  • the right to be informed;
  • the right of access;
  • the right to rectification;
  • the right to erasure;
  • the right to restrict processing;
  • the right to data portability;
  • the right to object; and
  • the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

How do we share your information with and why?

We may disclose your personal data to our instructing clients, authorised 3 rd party agents acting on our behalf, only where we have a legitimate interest or a legal obligation to do so. We may also be legally required to provide certain information to Police Scotland for the purpose of crime prevention. We can confirm we would require a written request from Police Scotland prior to disclosing any information.

How long will we retain your personal information?

We will keep your personal information in line with our Data Retention Policy as good practice.

These retention periods depend on the nature of the information (for example, information held on employees differs to that in which we hold on a client’s file), and are subject to change

If you have any questions in this regard, please contact us on the below information.

Let us know if your personal information is incorrect

If you become aware that any of the information which we hold about you is out of date or otherwise inaccurate, then please make contact by email or write to Data Protection Officer, Suite 3, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF.

What if you want us to stop using your personal information?

You have the right to object to our use of your personal information, or to ask us to delete, remove, or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it. Please note there may be legal obligations in which we require to retain your information and we may not action your request on this basis.

How do you obtain a copy of your information?

You can make a Subject Access Request in writing to the Data Protection Officer, Nelson James LLP, Suite 3, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF. We may request additional information from you in advance of disclosing any details to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations.

Internet cookies

We use analytical cookies to track site usage and trends. A cookie is a small data file, downloaded to a device when a user accesses a certain website. You can remove or block cookies using settings in your internet browser, but in some cases doing so may impact your ability to use our website. For more information about cookies you can visit . We do not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.

How to make a complaint

Please submit any complaint in writing to the Data Protection Officer, Suite 3, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF or via email