Mariam Baraki

Solicitor

Charity

Parish Council services

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01372 750109 Email Mariam

Mariam is a solicitor and a key member of the Parish Council advice team, based in our Surrey offices.

With a broad base of legal experience, Mariam is also able to advise on property, charity law and private client matters, including Wills, Powers of Attorney and probate.


Chiamaka Okeke

Solicitor

Residential Conveyancing

01732 441342 Email Chiamaka

Chiamaka is a property solicitor working for the residential property team in Sevenoaks.


Lorraine Toal

Partner

Divorce

Family

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

+44 (0)208 290 7956 (DDI) Please email me

Partner, senior solicitor, head of family and litigation, collaborative lawyer, family law accredited specialist

Lorraine is Head of the Family Law and Litigation Departments at Wellers Law Group.  She has many years’ experience in Family law having qualified in 2004 and previously been responsible for developing the Family department of a well-known firm in Surrey where she was made a Partner and assisted in the opening of a second office in West Sussex.

In search of a “new challenge” and wishing to work closer to home, Lorraine joined Wellers as Head of Department.   She has much experience of the following: cohabitation; separation; divorce; civil partnerships; children; finances (ancillary relief) and consent orders and is a member of Resolution, which aims to aid the constructive resolution of matrimonial disputes. Lorraine is also a trained collaborative lawyer where couples prefer to resolve matrimonial issues among themselves with the help of trained professionals without going to court. She is also a Law Society accredited Specialist in Family Law.

In her spare time, Lorraine is a keen supporter of Crystal Palace Football Club and she says that as a result she “has a very good sense of humour”!

Reported Cases

Lorraine represented the son who was an intervenor in his father and step-mother’s divorce where the step-mother accused the father of dissipating assets prior to their divorce.  The title/reference to the case is:

FB v IB [2014] EWHC 759 (Fam)

Lorraine represented the wife in a much talked about case before Mr Justice Moor whereby the wife argued that she should be entitled to more than 50% of the matrimonial asset pot due to the Husband’s alleged wanton dissipation of assets.  The title/reference to the case is:

MAP v MFP [2015] EWHC 627 (Fam)

“You have been a big part of my life over the last year and you have kept me going! Again, grateful thanks…”.––Julie

“Family Law Solicitor Lorraine Toal helped me through a difficult divorce, she kept me informed at all times and was a comfort during a time of stress. Her advice on all matters was accurate and I felt I was in good hands”


Testimonial

The service that we received from Family Law Solicitor Lorraine Toal, was exceptional. She kept us informed at all times, contacted us promptly in all instances, her advice and recommendations to the various circumstances was helpful and reliable. She conducted the matter efficiently and swiftly

I have had the pleasure of being represented by Wellers Family law and particularly Lorraine and Quang… I have always found them only interested in acting on my behalf and know the law inside out which has resulted yet again in achieving the desired result.

Divorces and child cases are often very emotional and the games that get played are often more a distraction than fact but these guys wade through the smoke and mirrors to present facts of the case. Believe in how they approach things and you will get the desired results.

––Delroy Robinson & Maureen Braithwaite

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).


Kate Pipe

Solicitor

Charity

020 3831 2666 Email Kate

Kate was admitted as a solicitor in Canada in 2017 and has over four years’ experience advising charities and social sector clients on a wide range of legal matters including in relation to establishment and incorporation, governance practices, fundraising, mergers, restructures, regulation, and compliance.

Before joining Wellers, Kate worked as a lawyer in a top-tier charity practice in Sydney, Australia where she advised a number of household name charities on various aspects of their operations.

Kate is the co-author of the ‘Community Organisations’ chapter of The Law Handbook: Your practical Guide of the law in NSW (15th ed).

In her spare time Kate enjoys yoga, spinning classes and travelling.


Parmjit Bhogal

Partner

Company & Commercial Law

Data Protection

Governance Audits

Healthcare Sector

020 7481 6395 Email

Parmjit qualified as a solicitor in 2003 after completing his studies at University College, London and Queen Mary College, London. He joined Wellers Law Group in 2015.

Parmjit has wide ranging experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer especially in the technology and healthcare fields. He regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions transactions, management buy-outs, venture capital/private equity transactions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.

He is also widely experienced in dealing with day to day commercial issues faced by companies, such as trade mark and brand protection, advising on terms of business and Companies Act compliance matters. He acts for a range of business clients including individuals, partnerships, start ups and SMEs that operate in a number of business sectors.


Testimonial

Sale of dental practice

“I first made use of Parmjit services in 2012 to buy into a partnership in a Dental Practice. In 2016 I used him again to buy out my business Partner and in 2021 to sell my Dental Practice. I think the fact that I used him three time speaks for itself. He is professional helpful and always looked out for my best interest. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to the sale of a Dental Practice and I cannot recommend him highly enough. “


Sale of dental practice

I recently sold my dental practice with the help of Parm acting on my behalf. He was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process, always responding to any query promptly. I would thoroughly recommend his services.

Ms Kim P, West Midlands
September 2021

Sale of assets of ophthalmology business

Parmjit Bhogal has advised me on the sale of my company goodwill. This sale occurred post liquidation and with the backdrop of the Corona virus epidemic. Even in such circumstances, Parmjit provided a wonderful service with acute advice on various aspects of the sale. He was always available to discuss developments, explained the legal aspects in easily understood terms and he completed the agreement promptly. I can highly recommend his services.

Dr Fiona O, London


Sale of dental practice

Parmjit advised me on the sale of my dental practice.

The process was very convoluted and can test the patience of even the Dalai Lama. However, throughout the entire process I was always impressed with Parmjit’s professionalism.

He worked tirelessly to keep matters on track and has an incredible ability to notice small details.

He was available at a convenient time for me; especially around my clinics which allowed for detailed discussions to take place over the phone and face to face when needed.

He interacted speedily with all the other parties involved and would regularly keep me appraised of developments. He gave me sound advice when needed including going against the grain if it was in my interests.

In summary, I don’t think there is another lawyer I would chose if I had to do the process again and can whole heartedly recommend Parmjit to help with all matters related to Dental Practice Sales.”

Dr Max R, London

Sale of property holding company

We were looking for a company solicitor to handle our company sale and out of 3 tenders, Wellers came out in the middle on price, and we chose them for their central London position.

From the start of the sale, Parmjit Bhogal handled the sale for us and did an excellent job. The buyers were quite tricky from time to time, but he handled them expertly and managed to bring the deal to a successful conclusion.

Bravo Parmjit and thank you for your unstinting guidance and help.

Mr Chris B, London

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.

 


Paul Martin

Partner

Business

Charity

Chinese Investment

International

Legal services for Chinese clients

020 7481 6381 Email Paul

Partner - Commercial & Charity Law

Paul is Head of the firm’s Charity Department. He joined the firm in 1978 and has specialised in Charity Law for over 30 years.

Paul travels widely and has a client base of both national and international not-for-profit organisations. He has had considerable experience in representing various overseas foundations in their activities in the UK, as well as UK charities in their work in Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Australia, USA and the Middle East.

Paul’s specialisation is designing and implementing innovative enabling structures for not-for-profits and charities.

Paul is the Author of Faith, Hope & Charity, the A to Z of governing a charitable organisation (see link to video below). He is a director of two international charities.

Paul’s favourite client is a rather well-known purple dinosaur who, Paul says, tended to sing his instructions rather than send e-mails!

In his free time he has renovated a French farmhouse and enjoys gardening – but only if he can eat the resulting produce!

Faith, Hope & Charity, the A to Z of governing a charitable organisation


Testimonial

"Paul Martin has been the external legal advisor to The Langley Park School for Boys Academy Trust during the school's £35 million redevelopment project. During this period his advice has been on diverse issues including property law, development contracts, negotiations for easements and rights-of-way, Charity formation and administration in joint venture and management agreements. In addition, Paul's colleagues at Wellers have advised on litigation and employment issues.

We have been impressed with the excellent and personal service that has come from the firm, and have been pleased to have their complete service at our disposal during this exciting yet demanding time of change for the school."

- The Langley Park School fopr Boys Academy Trust

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.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for your legal advice, time and efforts. I have been very satisfied with the service I received from you, I really appreciate everything.

Rosalind Webster

Partner

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Employment

Employment Disputes

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 8464 4242 Email Rosalind

Rosalind is a Senior Litigation Solicitor who qualified in 1989 and who is based at our Bromley Office.

Rosalind spent the first 10 years of her legal career at the “Magic Circle” City firm Allen & Overy where she was a solicitor in their Litigation Department dealing with large financial and contractual disputes. Following a year at another City firm, Baker & McKenzie, Rosalind decided to move out of the City to a more local firm where she would be advising individuals and small & medium-sized businesses and where her advice would make a real difference.

Rosalind spent the next 18 years at Dodd Lewis (formerly James & Charles Dodd) where she became a Partner and ran the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She is now an expert in most areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, including Employment law and disputes and residential and commercial tenancies, helping clients with all their various problems and prides herself on bringing clients her City experience at a local price.

She will always consider all ways to avoid a dispute where possible but will then be a tough and tenacious litigator for her clients. In 2017, Rosalind joined Wellers and it is confirmation of her rapport with clients that so many of them also decided to follow her to Wellers.

Rosalind has built up an impressive CV in all aspects of Contentious Probate disputes and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”). She works closely with her colleagues in the Private Client department to bring her clients a seamless service of advice and assistance at what is often a sad and difficult time, whether helping resist challenges to the Will or rules of Intestacy or bringing those same challenges.

Here are just a few typical examples of where Rosalind has been able to help clients in difficult situations:

  • Barnes –v- Phillips [2015] EWCA Civ 1056 – Acting for a client in a case pursuant to ToLATA 1996 where the Court of Appeal upheld the lower Judge’s decision that the client’s beneficial interest in the property had been increased from 50% to 85% after Mr Barnes had moved out
  • Acting for a client who lost her business and also her home when another firm of solicitors failed to protect her right to a new commercial tenancy and obtaining significant compensation for her.
  • Acting for a client whose father had been illiterate and proving that the Will he signed cannot have been valid and ensuring that she was paid her rightful share of his estate.
  • Acting for a minor child and his mother who had been effectively left out of his father’s Will and ensuring that at Trial he received a significant share of his late father’s estate.
  • Acting for a client whose father had been unduly influenced to “give” his only property to the client’s sister, successfully overturning that “gift” and resolving the division of the father’s estate after his death without the need for a Court trial.
  • Acting for a client claiming that his mother had promised to leave him half her estate if he carried out various work and successfully resolving his claim after his mother disinherited him.
  • Acting for the widow of a deceased who had essentially been written out of his Will and successfully obtaining half his estate for her at Trial.