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

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.

Sarah Stevens

Support Staff

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

01372 750106 Email Sarah

Sarah is secretary to the Litigation team at our main Surrey office.


Loraine Hayes

Support Staff

Personal Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Power of Attorney, Wills, Trusts & Estate

Loraine is secretary to Philip Jackson and Sally Andrews at our Sevenoaks office.


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.