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.

Nina Francis

Solicitor

Employment

020 3831 2664 Email Nina

Nina specialises in employment law. She qualified in 2007 and advises clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters

Nina advises clients in a variety of sectors. She primarily advises individuals in non-contentious matters (for example advising on Executive Service Agreements and Settlement Agreements including in connection with high level negotiated exits) and a number of contentious matters (for example contractual disputes, unfair dismissals, TUPE matters, and discrimination claims).

 

She also assists SME clients with day-to-day HR queries, dealing with business-wide projects such as restructuring, redundancies and advising on contractual issues such as bonus arrangements and restrictive covenants. She also regularly advises on settlement negotiations.


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.   

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

 

 


Denise Hyde

Support Staff

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 8290 3981 Email Denise

Secretary to James Baird


Joseph Reeves

Partner

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

020 7481 6383 email Joe

Joe is a civil and commercial litigator covering a wide range of practice areas including commercial and contract litigation, property disputes including landlord and tenant litigation, banking and corporate disputes, professional negligence and debt recovery.

Having qualified in 2010, Joe was previously a Partner in a West End Practice and most recently spent time working on a large scale regulatory matter in Dubai.

Joe’s experience includes:-

Property

  • Advising clients facing a possession claim brought by an institutional landlord in respect of premises in Holland Park, including negotiating settlement of the claim
  • Representing a landlord with an extensive London property portfolio in proceedings brought by a Local Authority under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Representing a landlord in a claim for interim rent under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Advising a commercial landlord in a £220,000 dilapidations claim against Kwikfit
  • Advising a commercial landlord in a possession claim over premises let under an expired licence
  • General advice and representation in relation to boundary and right of way disputes, forfeiture, rent recovery, dilapidations and service charge disputes

Contract and Commercial

  • Advising borrowers and personal guarantors in a dispute involving the construction of a private loan agreement, including advising on the enforceability of a penalty clause under the agreement
  • Advising a commercial landlord in a dispute with Npower, including advising on the construction and commencement of an energy supply agreement
  • Successfully securing summary judgment in respect of a contractual claim for a deposit following a buyer’s failure to complete
  • Advising on banking disputes including a set-aside application against HSBC in relation to non-enforceability of a personal guarantee
  • Successfully securing compensation for a commercial entity in a claim against RBS resulting from the mis-sale of an Interest Rate Hedging Product (SWAP)
  • General debt recovery on behalf of commercial clients including professional service providers and SMEs

Civil

  • Successfully acting for an executor and beneficiary in relation to a probate dispute concerning disclosure of estate information, including substantial recovery of costs
  • Advising a beneficiary in an inheritance dispute including successful mediation and settlement of the claim
  • Advising intended beneficiaries in a professional negligence claim against solicitors following failure to finalise a testator’s will
  • Advising a client in respect of a claim in professional negligence against solicitors, arising from complex trust litigation
  • Advising a restaurateur in a professional negligence claim against solicitors following failure to advise on the presence of a planning restriction on commercial premises in Victoria

University

  • Queen Mary University of London, LLB Law
  • College of Law, London Moorgate

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.

 

 


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.


Helen Muzzell

Support Staff

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01483 284567 Email Helen

Helen assists Cara Hughes and Craig Batko at our East Horsley office.


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).

 


Annelise Tyler

Chartered Legal Executive

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

01732 446374 Email Annelise

Annelise qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2013 working in both the Private Client and Litigation departments in Sevenoaks.

Annelise cut her teeth practising personal injury litigation in Legal 500 firms in London. She has since expanded her practice into general litigation and private client work.   With an expertise and particular interest in contested probate and Inheritance Act claims, Annelise has organically developed her practice to  include the preparation of wills, lasting powers of attorney, succession planning and probate.  Annelise also takes on general litigation work and has a strong background in consumer law, contract disputes, neighbour/nuisance disputes and animal law as well as personal injury.

Annelise prides herself on being very approachable and is highly client focused listening carefully to her clients’ concerns, whilst identifying the material issues and giving sound and practical advice to achieve the best and most cost effective outcome in the circumstances.