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.


James Manning

Senior Solicitor

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

02074816399 Email James

James was admitted as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007 and as a Solicitor in 2018. He works out of our London and Kent offices. Prior to joining Wellers Law Group, he was an Associate Director at a Local Authority ABS law firm, a Senior Associate at a Legal 500 rated commercial law firm and a Large Loss Partner at a national insurance law firm. He has also been seconded to several major UK and global insurers, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, John Lewis Partnership and two London Councils.

James has 20 years’ experience of advising and defending insurers, local authorities, local authority organisations, not-for-profit organisations, corporate clients and high net worth individuals in pre-litigated and litigated claims. He is frequently commended by clients for his ability to distil complex legal issues and give commercially focused, practical legal advice. He understands that litigation is a last resort and is experienced in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including commercial negotiation, mediation and joint settlement meetings.

With 20 years’ experience within the insurance and local authority sectors, he has a unique understanding of claims and reserving philosophies, and organisational and political risk appetite. His specialisms include:

Local Authority and Public Sector

He has been frequently instructed by local authorities and public sector organisations to advise on a full gamut of disputes, including:

• Commercial contract disputes
• Insolvency
• Debt recovery
• Judicial Review
• Injunctive proceedings
• Insurance policy coverage disputes
• Highway tripping claims
• Accidents at work
• Occupiers’ Liability
• Motor
• Housing Disrepair
• Human Rights Act
• Officials Indemnity

Data Protection, Privacy and Information Law

For the past 4 years, he has had a thriving data protection, privacy and information law practice, and has been advising local authorities and public sector organisations on regulatory issues and defending privacy claims arising from:

• Contravention of the GDPR
• Contravention of the UK GDPR
• Breach of the Data Protection Act 1998/2018
• Misuse of private information.
• Breach of the Human Rights Act 1998

Casualty and Motor Insurance

He has a wealth of experience in managing public liability, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and motor claims. He specialises in chronic pain litigation (including chronic pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia), complex orthopaedic, psychiatric and psychological injuries, and work-related upper limb disorders.

Financial Services/Professional Indemnity

He has acted for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and managed high value recovery claims against financial services firms that had been declared in default under COMP rules and their professional indemnity insurers, by way of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Acts 1930 and 2010. He has restored dissolved companies to the Register of Companies in accordance with the GLD’s Company Restoration Guide.

He has a good knowledge and understanding of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (including My FSCS Claim Online, Protection Checker and Failed Firm) and the FCA’s Conduct of Business Sourcebook in the context of contentious financial services litigation.

Notable Cases

• Acted on behalf of the Defendant charity in the seminal case of Burrett v Mencap Ltd [2014] EW Misc B50 (CC), the leading authority on the costs consequence of accepting a Defendant’s Part 36 offer where, after the relevant period has expired, the terms of the offer were changed to make it less advantageous to the Claimant.

• Acted for the Defendant employer in The Inquest touching the death of Nathan Greenway.

• In-house Legal Assistant for HCA International Limited in The Inquest touching the death of Laura Touche.

• Acted for Kent Commercial Services in connection with a high profile ransomware attack and have been retained to defend breach of privacy claims brought by affected KCS employees and clients.

• Acted for a non-for-profit financial services organisation in a multi-jurisdiction phishing claim in which a criminal enterprise, purporting to be the non-for-profit financial services organisation, sent phishing emails to Italian nationals requesting that they deposit money into a cryptocurrency account to secure the release of ‘compensation’ that had been recovered from an unregulated Forex broker.

• Acted for a Local Authority Business Investment Fund and successfully recovered substantial sums from borrowers that had default on their secured loans.

• Acted for an insurer in a high value, complex chronic pain syndrome claim. Issued an application for specific disclosure and inspection of the Claimant’s electronic documents, which resulted in the Claimant accepting a settlement offer that represented 10% of the pleaded value of her claim.


Tegen Whitford

Paralegal

Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

01732 457575 Email Tegen

Tegen is a Paralegal assisting Jonathan Tyler in the Litigation department at our Sevenoaks office, she provides support for clients, including drafting and completing documentation, arranging and diarising court dates.  Tegen studied full time at The University of Brighton and graduated in 2017 achieving 2:1 in Law with Criminology, shortly after she started her LPC part time at The University of Law Guildford, combining study with working full time as a Paralegal and graduated in 2020 with a High Commendation.  Her background is in Personal Injury, as a whole, but she also ran my own case load for MIB and CICA claims.  Tegen’s last role was a Training Solicitor within multiple areas of law including various litigation matters.

Tegen enjoys meeting and speaking with clients and being able to work within the litigation team to achieve successful outcomes for them.


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

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


Wendy Smith

Support Staff

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

Residential Conveyancing

020 8467 5544 Email Wendy

Wendy is secretary to Susan Heads in our Chislehurst office.


Carol Edridge

Support Staff

Family

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

01372 750 100 Email Carol

Carol is Secretary to Philip Jackson at our main Surrey office.


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.