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.


Shaheen Ahmed

Support Staff

Company & Commercial Law

020 7481 6385 Email Shaheen

Secretary to Jennifer O'Brien in our London City office.


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.


Guy Ruddle

Investment Consultant

Investment and Capital Raising

Investment Structuring and Capital Raising

07775 973 054 Email Guy

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.


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.


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

Sara Adams

Legal Secretary

Commercial Property

Residential Conveyancing

020 8290 7986 Email Sara

Sara is a commercial and residential conveyancing secretary, assisting John McLarney in our Bromley office


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.

 

 


Parmjit Bhogal

Partner

Company & Commercial Law

Data Protection

Governance Audits

Healthcare Sector

020 7481 6395 Email

Parmjit qualified as a solicitor in 2003 after completing his studies at University College, London and Queen Mary College, London. He joined Wellers Law Group in 2015.

Parmjit has wide ranging experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer especially in the technology and healthcare fields. He regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions transactions, management buy-outs, venture capital/private equity transactions, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.

He is also widely experienced in dealing with day to day commercial issues faced by companies, such as trade mark and brand protection, advising on terms of business and Companies Act compliance matters. He acts for a range of business clients including individuals, partnerships, start ups and SMEs that operate in a number of business sectors.


Testimonial

Sale of dental practice

“I first made use of Parmjit services in 2012 to buy into a partnership in a Dental Practice. In 2016 I used him again to buy out my business Partner and in 2021 to sell my Dental Practice. I think the fact that I used him three time speaks for itself. He is professional helpful and always looked out for my best interest. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to the sale of a Dental Practice and I cannot recommend him highly enough. “


Sale of dental practice

I recently sold my dental practice with the help of Parm acting on my behalf. He was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process, always responding to any query promptly. I would thoroughly recommend his services.

Ms Kim P, West Midlands
September 2021

Sale of assets of ophthalmology business

Parmjit Bhogal has advised me on the sale of my company goodwill. This sale occurred post liquidation and with the backdrop of the Corona virus epidemic. Even in such circumstances, Parmjit provided a wonderful service with acute advice on various aspects of the sale. He was always available to discuss developments, explained the legal aspects in easily understood terms and he completed the agreement promptly. I can highly recommend his services.

Dr Fiona O, London


Sale of dental practice

Parmjit advised me on the sale of my dental practice.

The process was very convoluted and can test the patience of even the Dalai Lama. However, throughout the entire process I was always impressed with Parmjit’s professionalism.

He worked tirelessly to keep matters on track and has an incredible ability to notice small details.

He was available at a convenient time for me; especially around my clinics which allowed for detailed discussions to take place over the phone and face to face when needed.

He interacted speedily with all the other parties involved and would regularly keep me appraised of developments. He gave me sound advice when needed including going against the grain if it was in my interests.

In summary, I don’t think there is another lawyer I would chose if I had to do the process again and can whole heartedly recommend Parmjit to help with all matters related to Dental Practice Sales.”

Dr Max R, London

Sale of property holding company

We were looking for a company solicitor to handle our company sale and out of 3 tenders, Wellers came out in the middle on price, and we chose them for their central London position.

From the start of the sale, Parmjit Bhogal handled the sale for us and did an excellent job. The buyers were quite tricky from time to time, but he handled them expertly and managed to bring the deal to a successful conclusion.

Bravo Parmjit and thank you for your unstinting guidance and help.

Mr Chris B, London

Julija Kazlauskaite

Trainee Solicitor

Commercial Property

020 7481 6391 Email Julija

Julija is a Trainee Solicitor who is currently training in the Commercial Property department and is supervised by Nina Rajani, a Partner and the Head of Property in the London City office.

Julija graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2018, during which she received the prestigious “Leeds Law School Prize Awarded for the Best Overall Performance” for the final year of her undergraduate studies due to her academic excellence.

Following completion of her Law degree, Julija joined Wellers Hedleys in October 2018 as a part-time Administrative Assistant based in the Butler House office in Surrey, where she primarily assisted the Town, Parish and Community Council department in carrying out day-to-day tasks.

Alongside her role at Wellers Hedleys, Julija also embarked on her part-time Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Law at the University of Law in Guildford, for which she secured the “Law First Postgraduate Scholarship”. Julija successfully completed her postgraduate studies with an overall Distinction in 2020, following which she was offered and accepted a Trainee Solicitor role in the firm’s London office, which Julija started in September 2020.

During her first seat, Julija trained in the Residential Property department, working closely with Luke Roberts, a solicitor in the London office, and his team. During this time, she worked on various new build and non-new build conveyancing transactions. Being involved in numerous cases deepened her knowledge and understanding of how to successfully handle a variety of tasks for clients to achieve their objectives effectively.

In her spare time, Julija particularly enjoys spending time outdoors, attending the gym to stay fit, cooking and listening to podcasts about human psychology and history.