Cara Hughes is our leading Private Client solicitor, based in our Horsley office. She has over four years’ experience in this field of work. The key to her success has been taking the time to listen to clients’ real concerns and not presuming to know what they need until a matter has been fully discussed.
Cara is a specialist in this area and is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and achieved a distinction in studying the STEP Diploma. She has spent the last few years working at another legal firm in Surrey before joining Wellers Hedleys and prior to that was an in-house lawyer in the legal department of an accountancy firm addressing a wide range of legal requirements for their clients.
Cara has previously held a voluntary position as trustee for a local charity and currently sits on the Board of Surrey Solicitors for the Elderly.
Joe is a civil and commercial litigator covering a wide range of practice areas including commercial and contract litigation, property disputes including landlord and tenant litigation, banking and corporate disputes, professional negligence and debt recovery.
Having qualified in 2010, Joe was previously a Partner in a West End Practice and most recently spent time working on a large scale regulatory matter in Dubai.
Joe’s experience includes:-
- Advising clients facing a possession claim brought by an institutional landlord in respect of premises in Holland Park, including negotiating settlement of the claim
- Representing a landlord with an extensive London property portfolio in proceedings brought by a Local Authority under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
- Representing a landlord in a claim for interim rent under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
- Advising a commercial landlord in a £220,000 dilapidations claim against Kwikfit
- Advising a commercial landlord in a possession claim over premises let under an expired licence
- General advice and representation in relation to boundary and right of way disputes, forfeiture, rent recovery, dilapidations and service charge disputes
Contract and Commercial
- Advising borrowers and personal guarantors in a dispute involving the construction of a private loan agreement, including advising on the enforceability of a penalty clause under the agreement
- Advising a commercial landlord in a dispute with Npower, including advising on the construction and commencement of an energy supply agreement
- Successfully securing summary judgment in respect of a contractual claim for a deposit following a buyer’s failure to complete
- Advising on banking disputes including a set-aside application against HSBC in relation to non-enforceability of a personal guarantee
- Successfully securing compensation for a commercial entity in a claim against RBS resulting from the mis-sale of an Interest Rate Hedging Product (SWAP)
- General debt recovery on behalf of commercial clients including professional service providers and SMEs
- Successfully acting for an executor and beneficiary in relation to a probate dispute concerning disclosure of estate information, including substantial recovery of costs
- Advising a beneficiary in an inheritance dispute including successful mediation and settlement of the claim
- Advising intended beneficiaries in a professional negligence claim against solicitors following failure to finalise a testator’s will
- Advising a client in respect of a claim in professional negligence against solicitors, arising from complex trust litigation
- Advising a restaurateur in a professional negligence claim against solicitors following failure to advise on the presence of a planning restriction on commercial premises in Victoria
- Queen Mary University of London, LLB Law
- College of Law, London Moorgate
As a member of Resolution Louise takes a constructive approach to assisting her clients in bringing their marriage or relationship to a legal conclusion. She encourages an amicable approach to resolving disputes, recommending alternative ways of dealing with a matter such as mediation, collaborative law or arbitration, whist drawing on her significant litigation experience where necessary.
Throughout her career Louise has undertaken all aspects of Family Law including divorce, resolving the financial aspects arising from divorce, to include complex and significant assets as well as advising cohabiting couples on relationship breakdown regarding the ownership of property as well as financial provision for any children of the family. She also advises on pre and post marriage agreements and separation agreements for a variety of clients.
In terms of Louise’s private children work this includes: child arrangement orders, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders. She has experience of complex children cases to include issues of harm, children with complex needs and where there are allegations of domestic violence. She is also experienced in cases involving removal from the jurisdiction as well as cases of internal relocation.
On qualification Louise undertook private client work, including Wills, administration of estates and Powers of Attorney and in recent years has continued to conduct this work alongside and in conjunction with her family work. Combining these two legal disciplines means that Louise can bring clients a more complete service.
Louise prides herself on supporting her client’s through their legal journey which has resulted in recommendations and referrals from her clients and contacts.
Richard leads our Wellers Hedleys team across our three Surrey offices. He has over ten years’ experience specialising in all aspects of property law including:
- Sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold land
- Option agreements
- Secured lending
- Residential and commercial leases
- Lease extensions
- Transfers of equity
- Equity release
- Shared Ownership
- Declarations of trust
Richard has acted for private individuals (both domestic and foreign-based), high profile sport and entertainment professionals and property developers as well as managing the property portfolios of a number of his commercial clients.
Prior to joining Wellers, Richard headed up two award-winning legal teams and has been instrumental in their ongoing growth and continuing success.
Having qualified in London, Richard is based in Surrey and has a detailed knowledge of the local area which adds useful context to his advice. He is known for his personable and pragmatic approach to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients quickly and efficiently.
Sangeeta qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined the Wellers team in June 2018 as Head of Private Client services in our London Office.
Her specialisms include wills, probate and contentions probate and trusts. She also advices extensively in estate planning, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection work.
Sangeeta is also a Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) and a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioner (STEP) and sits as a member on the STEP Member’s Committee. She is also asked to regularly to speak and present on her specialist topics at various engagements.
In her spare time, Sangeeta is a regular volunteer within her local community and enjoys spending time with her family.
Peter is an experienced Charity Solicitor working alongside the Head of Department Paul Martin at our London office.
Peter advises charities on a wide range of legal matters including the establishment of and incorporation of charities, constitutional amendments, mergers, charity governance and powers contained in the Charities Acts. Peter has previously advised on academy conversions, complex first registrations of charity land, permanent endowment issues and most recently the takeover of a School.
Peter is a Trustee of four grant making charities and a member of the Charity Law Association.
In his spare time he enjoys cooking, running and watching Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Alice is a commercial and civil litigator with over 12 years’ experience in the City of London. She has a broad practice which includes commercial litigation, insolvency, fraud and church and charity disputes.
Case highlights include:-
- Acting for representatives of a consortium of over 150 shareholders with regard to the recovery of losses in relation to a PLC in administration
- Advising a financial services company on insurance coverage issues in relation to claims made in respect of unregulated collective investment schemes
- Settling a claim referred to arbitration in Sri Lanka
- Acting in Part 8 charity proceedings in the High Court Chancery Division involving committal proceedings against a number of Defendants
- Obtaining an injunction on behalf of a church to prevent access to the premises and advising a church in a dispute with its network
- Representing a Defendant in a 16 week trial in the Commercial Court in a claim brought by 500 Claimants against the providers of investment schemes for (amongst other matters) dishonest assistance and breach of trust
- Representing a Claimant in relation to a multi-million pound fraud involving the alleged dumping of waste materials
- Obtaining a freezing order against an employee who had allegedly misappropriated monies from the company’s bank account
- Advising a Russian client seeking advice after his bankruptcy had been discharged on the effect of a freezing order obtained prior to the bankruptcy
- Obtaining a judgment for damages in a high profile claim brought pursuant to the Protection from Harassment Act
- Acting for a high profile client in bringing a claim against the police for wrongful arrest
- Securing a settlement for a director defending a claim brought for misfeasance pursuant to s212 Insolvency Act 1986 and numerous other insolvency cases
- Representing a New Zealand client at a Privy Council hearing concerning Maori land rig•hts
- Acting for Claimants in a class action against the UK government in one of the first cases brought under the Human Rights Act.
- London Solicitors Litigation Association
- Lawyers Christian Fellowship
Press and publications
- “Making recoveries in bankruptcy situations” – Business Money, March 2010
- “Nearly free speech” – an article looking at lessons to be learned on privilege following the judgment in Mayer –v- Hoar , Commercial Litigation Journal, September/October 2012
I found Alice Anderson to be diligent, thorough and compassionate in all our dealings with her. She's a diamond.
Leon advises clients in the UK and other jurisdictions on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters (including banking and finance, takeovers and M&A), often in the context of dispute resolution. He has over 20 years’ experience in England and Wales as well as other jurisdictions. In that time, he has acted in matters at the highest level concerning the following areas of law: contracts, company law/shareholders’ rights and obligations, partnerships, professional negligence, banking, defamation/reputation management, product liability and construction.
In addition to his competence across a wide range of practice areas, Leon is an expert in Sale of Goods Law (relating to both business to business transactions, and business to consumer transactions) with more than 15 years’ experience in advising corporations in this area of the law; and he is a specialist in the duties of trustees-in-bankruptcy. He acted for the claimants in Oraki & Oraki v Bramston and Defty  EWHC 2982 before Nicholas Strauss QC and Oraki & Oraki v Bramston and Defty  EWCA Civ 403 before the Court of Appeal, which established for the first time that a bankrupt may have a personal cause of action against a trustee-in-bankruptcy in common law (e.g. in negligence, based on personal loss), and thus such a claim may be brought outside the scope (and limitations) of the Insolvency Act 1986.
Notable litigation matters also include Seaga v Harper (No 2)  UKPC 26 in which Leon successfully appeared before the Privy Council for a former Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Leon acts for a wide variety of clients, ranging of from listed companies and very high net worth individuals to modest owner managed SMEs. He is also equally comfortable acting for either insolvency practitioners, creditors, debtors or bankrupts in personal insolvency matters.
Leon’s advice is also sought in connection with political and other risks associated with foreign direct investment and largescale projects in developing countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean.
Leon also has a strong sense of social responsibility and has been involved in a number of worthwhile efforts such as persuading the relevant authorities to reduce Air Passenger Duty to the Caribbean so that it matched, rather than exceeded, other similarly distant destinations; and advocating for the increase in the bankruptcy threshold from £750 to £5,000 in 2015 in order to prevent vulnerable persons being made bankrupt for relatively small liabilities, such as Council Tax. He recently advised on the compensation scheme
Sally is a Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Wellers Reece-Jones in Sevenoaks
Ingrid is Head of Private Client services at Wellers, bringing with her extensive experience and knowledge of taxation and trust law.
After completing her LLB (Hons) in Business Law at Guildhall University where she studied company law, taxation and related subjects, Ingrid studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in 1995, specialising in European Competition Law and International Trade.
Ingrid’s first position was at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edinburgh where she worked as a corporate tax senior in the Corporate Tax and Life Insurance Tax Department of the Financial Services Division as a tax advisor for large banks and insurance companies. This involved working as part of a team of three looking at tax planning strategies for multi-national insurance companies, leading often to international corporate restructuring for tax purposes. Ingrid was initially recruited to prepare a report to be disclosed during a tax investigation by the Revenue involving the tax treatment under the pre anti avoidance legislation of a box option, which was the underlying investment for the insurance companies guaranteed income bond.
Ingrid was then asked to join Arthur Andersen (the 4th largest accountancy firm worldwide at the time) where she managed the tax compliance for a portfolio of clients which included a number of investment companies and a Japanese bank with branches in England.
During her period at Arthur Andersen she co-wrote the Tax Guide to Europe, an internal publication that was sent to Andersen’s clients. This involved writing a chapter on each European country, summarising the corporate tax, income tax, indirect tax and capital taxes of each country.
Ingrid then transferred to Treasury within Andersen’s (due to her prior experience of derivative instruments) where she worked as part of a team designing derivative products which banks and insurance companies used as the underlying investments for the products they sold their clients.
Ingrid then moved to Numerica (the 15th largest UK accountancy firm at the time) as a Tax Manager focusing on owner managed businesses. There she was Head of Corporate Tax Planning and Stamp Duty. She also continued working in International Tax drafting reports for overseas clients with business interest in the UK. This involved proactive tax planning on behalf of the individual and the company, often involving international relocation and restructuring.
In 2004 Ingrid converted to become a solicitor and has worked predominantly in law firms after a short spell lecturing Law at Brighton University. During her career as a solicitor Ingrid has worked as a Senior Associate and Head of Tax and Private Client in a Legal 500 firm in Central London.
Ingrid regularly lectures on Trust and Taxation and Business Succession courses for the Society of Will Writers and The Association of Accountants as well as to a number of group of financial advisers.
Ingrid initially studied piano and composition at Trinity College of Music in London and then went on to teach piano and woodwind at Eastbourne College and until recently, whilst living in Edinburgh, Ingrid gave regular piano recitals at the Edinburgh Society for Musicians.
Parmjit qualified as a solicitor in 2003 after completing his studies at University College, London and Queen Mary College, London. He joined Wellers Law Group in 2015.
Parmjit has wide ranging experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer especially in the technology and healthcare fields. He regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions transactions, management buy-outs, venture capital/private equity transactions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.
He is also widely experienced in dealing with day to day commercial issues faced by companies, such as trade mark and brand protection, advising on terms of business and Companies Act compliance matters. He acts for a range of business clients including individuals, partnerships, start ups and SMEs that operate in a number of business sectors.