Neil Sandy joined Wellers as CEO in 2016, having known the practice partners and been a client of the firm for a number of years.
Neil has an investment and banking background and worked in a number of senior positions with Barclays Wealth until 2006. Neil built up and sold a well-known City-based asset manager to the independent founder of Best Invest in 2014.
Neil is also the CEO of Wellers Impact, an FCA authorised investment business that works with global charities and businesses to help them unlock their real estate and other assets. This investment management business aims to deliver a fair return to investors and deliver a transformational social outcome, an investment class known as Impact Investing. The investment team is currently delivering on a 16 storey commercial building project partnering with CMS Africa, an NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya and has over $1bn of projects available for development in its pipeline.
Neil is the Chair of Trustees for Five Talents UK, www.fivetalents.org.uk, the Church of England’s microfinance charity which regularly takes him to East Africa. Neil is also a trustee of GivingWorks, www.givingworks.org.uk, a charity which supports businesses and individuals to be philanthropic and a director and trustee of Resco www.resco.co.uk, a social impact business based in Hounslow that helps the long-term unemployed access work experience and mentoring to help participants to re-build their confidence and in time, gain employment.
Guy Ruddle is an investment structurer and analyst, and a Director of Wellers Impact which specialises in social impact investments.
Guy is a qualified accountant with more than twelve years of experience within the financial services sector. He trained with Deloitte in South Africa, Australia and Ireland. He then spent over six years at Man Group PLC in London managing their Structured Products Valuation Team followed by three years with Morgan Stanley in London helping to set up a Global Financial Resources Team within the Equities Division. He spent the last three years at Truestone Impact Investment Management Ltd where he was the Senior Investment Analyst, a member of the Investment Management Committee and assisted the CEO on the sale of the financial advisory part of the business.
Guy is also a Director of Wellers Impact, an FCA authorised investment business that works with global charities and businesses to help them unlock their real estate and other assets. This investment management business aims to deliver a fair return to investors and deliver a transformational social outcome, an investment class known as Impact Investing. The investment team is currently delivering on a 16 storey commercial building project partnering with CMS Africa, an NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya and has over $1bn of projects available for development in its pipeline.
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 provides administrative and secretarial support to our litigation and immigration departments in our Bromley office.
Carol is Secretary to Craig Batko in the litigation department at our main Surrey office.
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:-
- 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
- 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
- Queen Mary University of London, LLB Law
- College of Law, London Moorgate
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 is Head of Litigation for our Sevenoaks office and has a vast amount of 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.
Tegen is a Trainee Solicitor currently undertaking her first seat within the Private Client department under the supervision of Ingrid McCleave. Tegen started at Wellers Law Group in October 2021 as a Paralegal within the Litigation department but has since progressed to a Trainee Solicitor in November 2022 and will qualify in May 2023.
Tegen assists Ingrid with the day-to-day running of files, drafting Inheritance Tax Forms, Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney’s, Deeds of Variation and regularly attends Ingrid at client meetings. She is continuously learning in this seat and enjoys complex matters. She is focused on understanding the client’s wants and needs to be able to progress matters in a timely manner.
Tegen studied at The University of Brighton and graduated in 2017 achieving a 2:1 in Law with Criminology, she then started studying her LPC and Masters at the University of Law Guildford whilst working full time as a Paralegal. She graduated in 2020 with a High Commendation.
Andreas is a highly competent Legal Consultant and Qualified Foreign Lawyer. He is qualified to handle matters across commercial litigation, international law and international arbitration. As Andreas is multilingual, speaking English, Greek, French and German, he can help a wide scope of clients with their litigation needs.
In terms of commercial litigation, Andreas has extensive experience dealing with matters such as directors’ liabilities, commercial contract disputes, insolvency proceedings and commercial debt.