Ursula Puch

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

020 8290 3984 Email Ursula

Ursula is a property solicitor based in our Bromley office.


Louise Pearce

Solicitor

Divorce

Family

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01372 750117 email Louise

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.


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.


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

 

 


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.


Ingrid McCleave

Solicitor

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

Wellers Wealth Tax and Law

020 8290 7998 Email Ingrid

Ingrid is Head of Wellers Wealth, a private client and tax advisory service at Wellers, bringing with her extensive experience and knowledge of taxation and trust law. Wellers Wealth provides an invaluable service to business owners/directors and high net worth individuals and their advisers.

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.

 


Karron Foot

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 8290 7950 Email Karron

Karron is a solicitor with 18 years of experience dealing with a wide variety of civil litigation, commercial litigation, debt recovery and employment matters.

She deals with a broad range of property disputes, included residential landlord and tenant matters, commercial lease disputes, property ownership disputes and boundary disputes.  She also deals with a wide variety of contract disputes including building disputes.  Her employment work includes advising on numerous settlement agreements, dealing with unfair dismissal and discrimination claims and advising on restrictive covenants as well as drafting employment contracts and staff policies.  She also has plenty of experience in dealing with probate disputes and inheritance act claims, as well as various professional negligence claims.

Karron will always aim to take a pragmatic view and deal with matters in a cost effective manner, with the vast majority of her cases being settled without the stress and expense of a full trial.


Christine Eves

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

01372 750 100 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.


Craig Batko

Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

01372 750 102 Email Craig

Please be aware that Craig's name has recently been used on a fax phishing exercise, primarily targeting firms in the USA. If you have received a fax purporting to be from Craig, please ignore it. It is not from Wellers Law Group.

Craig qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and was a partner at his previous firm. He joined the litigation department at Wellers Hedleys at their Butler House offices in Great Bookham in September 2018.

Craig largely specialises in property related disputes and property litigation, particularly commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, business tenancy renewals and oppositions under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidation claims, possession claims, the acquisition and protection of rights over land such as prescriptive easements, other disputes relating to easements, the enforcement and discharge of freehold covenants, adverse possession, disputes over boundaries, trespass and nuisance. Craig appears in the County Court for possession claims and other chambers advocacy.

Craig’s other practice areas include trusts of land and co-ownership disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, contractual disputes, consumer law, licensing, debt recovery, judgment enforcement proceedings and some insolvency work.

 

 


Mariam Baraki

Solicitor

Parish Council services

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01372 750109 Email Mariam

Mariam is a solicitor who works in the Parish Council advice team in our Surrey offices.


Manveen Padda

Solicitor

Divorce

Family

020 7481 6393 Email Manveen

Manveen is an experienced Family Law solicitor who works in our London City office. Since qualifying in 2004 Manveen has practiced solely in Family Law. She is an accredited specialist in finance and children issues, having conducted many cases of considerable wealth, cross jurisdictional issues and complex financial and children arrangements.

Manveen has dealt with cases involving all levels of wealth (high, medium and low) often achieving favourable outcomes for her clients. This has involved dealing with assets involving either one property or a large property portfolio, pensions, international assets, companies and business assets. Often these cases involve issues of non-disclosure, non-compliance and attempts to dissipate assets. Manveen will leave no stone unturned and as and when necessary she will advise on the appropriate remedies available to her clients to ensure the most positive outcome. Through her work in Family Law Manveen has filed applications for freezing orders concerning assets and accounts, obtained cost orders for chronic failures by the opponent and issued applications for enforcement remedies to implement orders.

Manveen also has experience of assisting clients with preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

In Children matters Manveen has represented parents in Children Arrangement Disputes including contact and residence as well as abduction, relocation and also enforcement remedies for failing to adhere to the terms of court orders with penalties to the opponent to undertake unpaid work.

In addition to the above Manveen will deal with other wider areas of family Law such as cohabitation disputes, Separation and Appeals to a higher court. Manveen has a reported case from the Court of Appeal on cohabitation (Slater v Condappa [2012] EWCA Civ 1506).