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!
"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
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.
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.
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.