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.

 

 


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.


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

 

 


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


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.

 


Ursula Puch

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 8290 3984 Email Ursula

Ursula is a property solicitor based in our Bromley office.


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.


Aarti Gangaramani

Solicitor

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

020 7481 6386 Email Aarti

Aarti is a Private Client solicitor based out of the London office.

Having qualified in 2017, Aarti has developed a wealth of knowledge and specialises in the preparation of wills and succession planning, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and probate work including contentious probate.  Aarti also specialises in estate administration where there is a cross-border element, having previously successfully completed the re-sealing of a Malaysian Grant of Probate and a Dutch Grant of Probate.

In her spare time, Aarti is an ‘Access to Practice’ Mentor through BPP Law School, mentoring current law school students.  As well as this she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Christine Eves

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

01372 750 115 Email Christine

Christine is a senior solicitor in the Residential Property Team based in our Bookham High Street office.

Since qualifying in 2009 Christine has developed a pragmatic and helpful approach to all aspects of residential property transactions including, freehold and leasehold purchases, formal and informal lease extensions, re-mortgages, equity release, transfers of equity, shared ownerships and Help to Buy. Christine prides herself on her ability to work proactively to ensure she achieves practical solutions for her clients quickly and efficiently.


Patricia Wollington

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 7481 6390 Email Patricia

Patricia is a Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor practising commercial and civil litigation and based in our central London office. She qualified in 2002 and began her career in commercial litigation particularly focusing on debt recovery, insolvency and commercial disputes, including commercial contract disputes and negligence claims.

Patricia also worked for the Consumer’s Association, where she advised small businesses and consumers on a variety of legal matters including: residential landlord and tenant disputes; consumer transactions involving finance and supply contracts; building disputes; holiday disputes; negligence claims and neighbour disputes. During her career in private practice she has also advised on TOLATA claims and successfully obtained and enforced many possession claims including the removal of squatters. She also enjoys advising on contested probate matters and has recently worked on several cases seeking claims for account, breach of fiduciary duty and removal and replacement of trustees.

Patricia is an active listener and strives to build excellent client relationships by giving realistic and pragmatic advice and support to her clients. In her free time Patricia loves to go to the theatre, art exhibitions and to travel.