Teresa Johnston

Solicitor

Construction Dispute Resolution

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 8464 4242 Email Teresa

Teresa works out of our Bromley and London offices. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 and started her career at a defendant insurance litigation firm in London where she was made a Partner, dealing predominantly with high value claimant commercial litigation work.

Teresa has acquired the appropriate expertise to handle complex, high value, domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation. She has also acted for a number of conglomerates, construction companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs. If disputes cannot be resolved, she provides advice upon methods of dispute resolution to include, litigation, adjudication and mediation.

Her specialist areas include:-

  • Contractual disputes
  • Multi-party actions in the High Court
  • Contentious Construction: Adjudications, Mediations
  • Enforcement of Adjudicator’s Decision in the TCC
  • Professional negligence
  • Judicial Reviews
  • Property Litigation, Landlord & Tenant
  • Planning Enquiries
  • Intellectual Property, Trade Mark/Copyright
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Debt Recovery/Insolvency
  • Civil, fraud and asset recovery/tracing
  • Injunctive proceedings
  • Contentious Probate

Advocacy in County Courts, interim applications at the High Court, Queen’s Bench, Commercial Court, Technology & Construction Court, Administration Court and Chancery Division.

Memberships

  • Society of Construction Law
  • TeCSA
  • Adjudication Society
  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

 Notable Cases

 Contentious Construction Law

  • Numerous Adjudications relating to breach of contract, termination of contract, professional negligence, interim payments, delay and disruption, extension of time for completion of the works, defects and final account.
  • Acted for a US/UK security protection and fire conglomerate, in relation to a multi-party claim issued in the Technology and Construction Court following a fire at a retail distribution centre at Magna Park, Leicestershire. Three claims were consolidated claiming losses in excess of £140m. Teresa was the lead Partner with a team of five fee The claim successfully concluded prior to a four-week trial, following a second mediation at CEDR.
  • Acted for the Claimant for breach of contract of a Software Development Agreement. The Claimant retained the Defendant to develop an E-commerce website. The Claimant sought damages in excess of £9m.
  • Acted for three Claimants for misrepresentation and breach of contract in relation to a Sale Agreement entered into with the Defendant who was a housing association. The Claimants’ land was situated within proximity of the Olympic Village, Stratford. Following the Olympics, the land would be used as a residential The claim was issued in the High Court in the sum of £20m.
  • Wakil (t/a Orya Textiles) v Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, 2013 WL 5336550 (2013), the Public Local Inquiry into the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (Shepherds Bush Market Area) Compulsory Purchase Order 2013 & Challenge against the Secretary of State’s Decision to proceed with the CPO despite the Inspector’s Decision

Two reported Judicial Reviews and a two-week Public Planning Inquiry relating to the Shepherd’s Bush Market Compulsory Purchase Order 2013, where several Objectors, the Goldhawk Road Traders. It was held by the Planning Inspector that the CPO Order should not be confirmed. The Inspector found that the guarantees and safeguards were not sufficiently robust to ensure that genuine opportunities existed for the current shopkeepers to continue trading in Goldhawk Road.

  • Acting for a construction client regarding a Worldwide Freezing Injunction issued against him by his former business partner.

Commercial Litigation

  •  Turner v Jacob, 2006 WL 1635020 (2006)

A contentious Probate claim heard over a period of two weeks in the High Court, Chancery Division, relating to an Order for Possession. The Defendant issued a counterclaim and claimed that she was either beneficially entitled to the property under a constructive trust or that the property should be conveyed to her under the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. Teresa acted for the Claimant whose claim was successful.  She was also instructed to enforce the Judgment, where assets were traced to the Republic of Panama.

  • Bakhtiar v Keoshgerian, 2003 WL 23014946 (2003)

Acted for the Claimant in a claim against a firm of solicitors relating to the illegal transfer of Cartier jewels. The retail valuation of the three jewels taken together was said by Cartier’s expert to be worth £3m. After a five-day trial, Judgment was entered against the Second Defendant, a law firm that was vicariously liable for the acts of its employee solicitor.

  • Jaffar v Governor of Brixton Prison, 2003 WL 22826882 (2003)

Acted for the Applicant in an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. The Claimant challenged the Order of the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court that he be committed to await the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, regarding his extradition on five charges of conspiracy to defraud alleged to have been committed between 1987 and 1992, when the Applicant was an officer of Grupo Torras SA owned by the Kuwait Investment Office.

  • Beiersdorf AG v Ramlort Ltd, 2004 WL 229258 (2004)

This was an Application by the Claimants for Summary Judgment in respect of infringement of its trademark. The Claimant manufactured and sold a range of products under the trademark Nivea. The Defendant wished to relabel and sell in the UK. These items were out-of-date stock and sent for destruction by the Claimant. Teresa acted for the Second Defendant at the Summary Judgment hearing where the Claimant’s claim was unsuccessful, as there was an arguable defence.

  • Union Bank (UK) Plc v Pathak, 2006 WL 2402837 (2006)

Teresa acted for the Appellant Bank who appealed against a decision of the Registrar in the Companies Court to set aside a Statutory Demand. The Respondent Debtor was the Director of a company, which had obtained a Letter of Credit from the Bank. The Respondent Debtor applied to set aside the demand under the Insolvency Rules 1986 r.6.5(4)(a) ,(b) and (d) which at first instance was successful. The Bank’s Appeal at the House of Lords was allowed.

  • Teresa has acted on behalf of a number of Claimants in bringing professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, engineers and designers.
  • Acted for a leading worldwide manufacturer of electronic computer goods in relation to the seizure of counterfeit goods at UK airports. Preparing Letter of Claim, In the absence of an Undertaking, Injunctive proceedings were issued against the Defendant in the High
  • Judicial Review proceedings against a Local Authority relating to a planning decision, which resulted in the removal of the client’s advertising hoarding. An Interlocutory Injunction was obtained as a protective measure, whilst the Judicial Review claim was heard in the Administration Court. The client would have been subject to a claim for breach of contract and significant
  • Teresa has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in Civil Fraud relating to breaches of the Bribery Act and VAT Carousel Fraud where injunctive proceedings were issued to include Worldwide Freezing Injunctions.
  • Teresa has acted for a number of clients in relation to a Partnership disputes. An example included Partners at a firm of solicitors where a dispute arose as to their respective financial entitlements arising out of the dissolution of the
  • Teresa was formerly on the Solicitors Panel of the British Railways Board and under took all their property litigation matters.

Teresa also assisted with the working draft of a Jordans publication entitled: Local Authority Liability (1st Edition).

 


Duaa Izzidien

Solicitor

Commercial Property

Residential Conveyancing

020 8295 1989 Email Duaa

Having run her own property development and rental business prior to joining the profession, Duaa has some insight into clients’ commercial and business needs. She is therefore particularly mindful of the need to ensure that she acts promptly and always keep clients, and agents, well informed at every stage of any transaction.

Duaa works across our Chislehurst and Sevenoaks offices. She is experienced in dealing with a broad range of commercial property transactions including commercial acquisitions, plot acquisitions and sales, commercial leases and option agreements. She also has extensive experience in dealing with the full range of residential conveyancing  matters including freehold, leasehold, shared ownership, new build and re-mortgages.  Duaa has particular expertise in dealing with Transfers of Equity and Equity Release.  She has over 10 years’ experience as a landlord herself and 15 years lecturing in law and went on to qualify as a property solicitor in 2015, bringing her hugely valuable experience to her role at Wellers Reece-Jones.

Duaa has acted for a wide range of clients, including private individuals, multinational corporations, managing and letting agents, property developers, landlords, tenants and even the occasional celebrity.

 Outside of work Duaa enjoys painting.

 


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.


Testimonial

...You have been a breath of fresh air. Clear, accountable and pragmatic.
Thank you. I honestly feel if you hadn’t have stepped in, I would still be negotiating with my ex-wife.

Jeanette Awadzi

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 8295 1989 Email Jeanette

Jeanette has over 10 years’ experience working as a solicitor in residential conveyancing and she deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing transactions for a wide range of client in relation to buying and selling of freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, pre-auction advice, transfer of equity, equity release, right to buy and help to buy transactions.

Following completion of the LPC, Jeanette joined a firm of solicitors in Greenwich as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 2008. She was then employed by a larger firm in South East London, specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing and working with various offices around the UK. Jeanette joined the conveyancing department at Wellers in July 2019.

Jeanette has acted on a wide range of matters and property types in Chislehurst and nearby areas. She believes in providing a high quality service, building relationships with clients and taking the time to understand their needs. She endeavours to make the process as stress-free as possible.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys swimming and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 


Testimonial

“Many thanks for handling our conveyancing recently. You made what could have been an extremely stressful time bearable. From our first meeting to completion we felt confident and happy”

“We really appreciate all your hard work & support. You made the whole ordeal bearable. We are truly grateful for everything you have done us”

Luke Roberts

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 7481 6392 Email Luke

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


Frances Webster

Solicitor

Parish Council services

01372 750 118 Email Frances

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.

 

 


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.


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


Sally Andrews

Solicitor

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01732 446362 Email

Sally is a Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Wellers Reece-Jones in Sevenoaks


Ursula Puch

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 8290 3984 Email Ursula

Ursula is a property solicitor based in our Bromley office.


Susan Heads

Solicitor

Commercial Property

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Residential Conveyancing

020 8295 1989 Email Susan

Consultant - Commercial & Residential Property

Susan has over 40 years’ experience working in the legal profession, working initially for a large firm of Solicitors in Fleet Street, studying in her spare time to qualify as a Legal Executive. She qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and ran her own practice for 20 years before merging with Wellers in 2016. She has wide experience in all aspects of residential property law, and general commercial contract and property disputes, she strives to provide a personal service and to build relationships with clients, a lot of whom she has worked with for many years. Susan is our Client Care Manager and oversees the firm’s Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, accreditation. 

In her spare time Susan enjoys cycling, walking and bell ringing, and is a Church of England Licenced Lay Minister.