Diana Riedl

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

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Diana is a Solicitor in the Residential Property Department based in our Bookham High Street Office. She qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

Diana is originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire, although she spent ten years living on the south coast and is now based in Surbiton.

Diana handles all aspects of residential property transactions including residential and leasehold purchases and sales, transfer of equities, shared ownership, Help to Buy, lease extensions and enfranchisement, option agreements, plot sales and complex Land Registry queries. Diana takes pride in providing her clients with a first class service and goes above and beyond the call of duty in order to ensure that, as far as is possible, her clients are insulated from the stresses and strains that are associated with property transactions.


Joseph Reeves

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Data Protection

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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:-

Property

  • 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

Civil

  • 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

University

  • Queen Mary University of London, LLB Law
  • College of Law, London Moorgate

Luke Roberts

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

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Luke is a Property solicitor based in our London City office.


Louise Pearce

Solicitor

Divorce

Family

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

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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.


Frances Webster

Solicitor

Parish Council services

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Frances is a solicitor in the Town and Parish Council department. Frances is based at the Butler House office in Great Bookham and also works remotely from Leicestershire providing a local contact for clients in the Midlands and further north.

Having worked professionally within the local council sector for over six years, Frances has a practical understanding of the legal issues encountered by Town, Parish and Community Councils and the unique regulatory environment in which they operate. In her previous role Frances managed the Advice and Training service for a County Association and she now continues to work closely with several County Associations and Town and Parish Councils across the country to provide specialist legal advice and training.

 

 


Richard Cunningham

Head of Surrey Operations

Solicitor

Commercial Property

Residential Conveyancing

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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
  • Development
  • Option agreements
  • Secured lending
  • Residential and commercial leases
  • Lease extensions
  • Enfranchisement
  • 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.


Asma Shamim

Solicitor

Commercial Property

Parish Council services

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Asma is a solicitor in the Commercial Property team specialising in transactional property work.

Asma advises investors, developers, business occupiers, Parish Councils and individuals on a variety of commercial property transactions including acquisitions, disposals, negotiation of business leases and portfolio management. Asma is both proactive and pragmatic in her approach, achieving creative solutions and outstanding results for her clients.

Asma graduated in Law from City University in London and studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford.

Asma previously had over 10 years’ experience at City law firm, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP working in the Commercial Property team.

In her free time Asma enjoys travel abroad, reading and spending time with her family.


Peter Spencer

Solicitor

Academies

Charity

Faith-based Organisations

Governance Audits

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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.

 

 


Christopher Davies

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has developed a broad litigation practice advising both private and commercial clients.

His practice encompasses a range of contentious work including Inheritance Act disputes, contentious probate, property litigation, commercial litigation, landlord & tenant (including a proven track record in recovering possession of residential property for landlords), TOLATA disputes, debt recovery, enforcement of judgments, and construction & engineering disputes.

He is experienced in both High Court and County Court proceedings and is a strong advocate of mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution.

His notable cases include Hand –v- George [2017] EWHC 533 (Ch) in which the High Court upheld the right of adopted grandchildren to inherit under a 1946 will trust which did not include them within a class of beneficiaries because of the statutory definition of ‘children’ in force at the date of the will.

Chris worked in outside industry before becoming a solicitor and brings a commercial outlook to his current work. He is approachable, personable and thorough. He covers both the Sevenoaks and Chislehurst offices.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys cycling and watching football.


Leon Hines

Solicitor

Company & Commercial Law

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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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 [2014] EWHC 2982 before Nicholas Strauss QC and Oraki & Oraki v Bramston and Defty [2017] 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) [2009] 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

 

 


Gordon Johnson

Solicitor

Divorce

Family

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Gordon has many years of experience in all areas of family law, having qualified in 2002. In particular he can guide and advise in cases concerning, divorce, finances, children, domestic violence, cohabitation disputes and pre/post nuptial agreements.


Gordon joined Wellers, having previously headed the family law department of another firm of Kent solicitors and is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Panel and a Resolution trained Mediator.

In his spare time, Gordon enjoys spending time with his family, socialising with friends, the cinema and theatre and is also learning to play the ukulele
Reported cases:
Re D (Leave to oppose making of an adoption order) 2013 EWCA Civ 1480-1