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Asserson Law Offices

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

The ‘small but very experienced team’ at Asserson Law Offices is known for its work on major private sector developments and regeneration projects. Planning practice head Daniel Drukarz, who has ‘wide knowledge of planning and property law’, specialises in representing private sector property development companies, public sector bodies and registered providers. Senior associate James Kon ‘impresses clients with his dedication’ and has extensive experience in litigation and planning strategies, as well as CIL work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Drukarz

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is extremely responsive, very practical, diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. They are also extremely knowledgeable and do not get bogged down in minutiae.’

‘Danny Drukatz is the main partner that I deal with. He has excellent client handling skills and has the ability to manage complex planning issues. He is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Asserson have a small but very experienced team who really work hard to provide a first class service to clients.’

‘Daniel Drukatz – Daniel has a very tactical brain and a wide wide knowledge of planning and property law that makes him a first class operator in the field. James Kon – James works hard and impresses clients with his dedication to the task. As well as performing the traditional role of solicitor, he is also a Court advocate.’

Key clients

Tidal Power plc

Wards of London Properties

Basildon Estates Limited

Old Kent Road Regeneration Limited

City and Docklands Property Group

Ilford (Jersey) Limited

Createfuture Limited

Albany Homes Limited

Shaviram Aldershot Limited

Winston Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tidal Power plc on its £1.3bn Tidal Lagoon Project in Swansea Bay.
  • Advised Recharge One on an innovative off-grid EV charging and eco-lodge facility in the South Downs National Park.
  • Advised Basildon Estates Limited on its proposals to regenerate Basildon Town Centre.

Asserson launched in 2005 as a bold experiment in providing UK legal services a little differently. It has teams in real estate, planning, business law, finance, employment, arbitration and dispute resolution. We have offices in London and Tel Aviv and act for international clients doing business under English law.

Each of our departments operates as a specialist team, with the advantages of a close-knit committed team, combined with the ability to connect across business areas when required. We pride ourselves in having a team of outstanding lawyers, who are typically graduates of the UK’s top universities, with many of them having spent years at some of the UK’s top law firms.

Asserson has a track record of involvement in some of the most substantial disputes’ cases that have taken place in the UK Courts, frequently acting on high profile and leading cases. We are also involved in major real estate and regeneration projects, and corporate deals. The firm works with global businesses and private clients, frequently finding itself alongside and against some of the biggest international law firms.

Asserson has always sought to be a different kind of legal practice. Its senior lawyers and partners actively lead on client work. The lawyers are with the firm for the long-term, and maintain its client relationships with the same commitment. Asserson strives to understand its clients and their business, and in doing so seeks to work innovatively, to think differently, and ultimately on behalf of its clients, to win differently.

Areas of practice:

Planning: The firm has a long track record of project managing the most complex regeneration schemes, infrastructure projects and major public/private development initiatives, and enjoys a very high success rate at appeal and in the courts. Its team of City trained lawyers brings strong commercial vision to its work, and often gets involved early on, providing strategic and long-term input through the lifetime of a project.

Business law: Asserson brings together extensive in-house and private practice legal expertise to deliver services across all areas of corporate law, all business sectors, and across borders. It is actively involved in setting up businesses, helping them expand, supporting business reorganisation, whether through merger and acquisition, or other forms of restructuring, and it has experience at working through demergers and dissolutions when those are required.

Dispute resolution and international arbitration: Asserson’s team brings market-leading litigators and arbitrators together with some of the rising stars of the future on behalf of an international client base which includes sovereign states, international government agencies, multinational corporations, banks and high-net-worth individuals. It has expertise in a wide range of fields including banking law, complex financial instruments, mining, telecoms, fraud, proceeds of crime, human rights/public law, judicial review, renewable energy, professional negligence, international trust work and defamation.

Finance: Asserson’s expertise includes secured and unsecured lending, debt and equity restructurings, project finance and infrastructure transactions, emerging market investments, leveraged acquisitions and disposals and real estate finance. It acts for lenders and lending syndicates, multilateral lending institutions (IFIs), private equity funds and fund managers and borrowers. It regularly acts on transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.

Real estate: Asserson real estate works across the commercial and residential sectors, through acquisitions and disposals, commercial leases, development schemes, planning advice, landlord and tenant matters, building contracts and warranties, and property finance. Its business model also allows Asserson to handle both large-scale initial transactions and subsequent plot sales, management work and leasing up.

Private client: We act extensively for family offices and individuals across litigation, real estate and corporate areas.

Planning Daniel
Planning Marianne
Planning James
Trevor Asserson photo Trevor AssersonSenior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution
Marianne Barker photo Marianne BarkerPartner
Daniel Drukarz photo Daniel DrukarzPartner and Head of Planning
James Kon photo James KonAssoicate
David Tang photo David TangConsultant