Helen Warren

Solicitor

Family

020 8290 3985 Email Helen

Helen has been a solicitor specialising in family law for over 18 years. She was a Partner at her previous firm for 11 years before joining Wellers solicitors in July 2019. Helen studied Law with German Law at King's College University of London and Passau University Germany, obtaining both an LLB (Hons) and a Diploma in German Law in 1997. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law London in 1998 and is a member of Resolution, the Law Society's Family Law Accreditation Scheme and Bromley and District Law Society's Committee.

Helen helps clients with all aspects of family law – divorce and separation, cohabitation, civil partnerships, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, financial matters (e.g. property, pensions, shares, business assets, inherited wealth), domestic violence and children issues.  With regard to children, she has covered both public and private children law cases including relocation, child abduction, child arrangement orders and prohibited steps orders.

Helen has a friendly and approachable manner.  Whilst sympathetic to a client’s needs, she is always honest and realistic about the likely outcome.  Helen will always try through negotiation and mediation to reach a fair settlement but if this fails, she aims to achieve very good results at Court.
Helen’s interests out of work include travel, theatre and cinema.


Richard Cunningham

Head of Surrey Operations

Solicitor

Commercial Property

Residential Conveyancing

01372 750100 email Richard

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

01372 750103 Email Asma

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

020 7481 6394 Email Peter

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

01732 446360 Email Christopher

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

020 8290 7996 Email Leon

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

020 8290 7955 Email Gordon

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


Ingrid McCleave

Solicitor

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

020 8290 7998 Email Ingrid

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.

 


Jonathan Tyler

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

01732 457575 Email Jonathan

Jonathan has vast experience of commercial litigation, particularly involving property. He acts for commercial landlords and tenants, businesses and individuals. He also has considerable expertise and experience in professional negligence work with focus again on the property industry.

He has been involved in group action litigation and large property damage cases with particular expertise in flooding claims.
He marries a client-focused and pragmatic approach with a real understanding of when to litigate. He is always ready take a robust approach at the right time but also recognises that sometimes alternative dispute resolution can be more appropriate.
Having been a partner for nearly 20 years at a London West End Legal 500 firm, he brings a wealth of litigation experience to Wellers Reece-Jones. He values his clients and their loyalty, takes time to understand their needs and makes no assumptions about their objectives. He recognises the importance of practical and commercial advice and providing cost-effective solutions to dispute resolution


Zoe Nichols

Solicitor

Divorce

Family

01732 457 575 Email Zoe

Zöe is a senior Family Law solicitor based in the Sevenoaks office.

She has a Wealth of experience in all areas of family law to include divorce and separation, financial matters relating to relationship breakdown (including high net worth matters), disputes between cohabitees (encompassing Trusts of Land claims), and private children matters.  She also has experience drafting and advising on pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, as well as drafting financial agreements. Prior to joining Wellers in October 2018, Zöe ran her own practice in Surrey for 12 years.

Outside of work, Zöe is a keen fencer.


Ursula Puch

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 8290 3984 Email Ursula

Ursula is a property solicitor based in our Bromley office.