Firm Profile > Druces LLP > London, England

Druces LLP
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON WALL
LONDON
EC2M 5PS
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

October 2019 saw the completion of Druces LLP's merger with London firm Sykes Anderson Perry. The M&A practice assists clients with acquisitions, disposals and mergers involving private and quoted companies. The team has particular expertise in buying, selling and investing in healthcare assets, a sector in which the firm has built a strong reputation. Christopher Axford has considerable experience across the full range of corporate work and has also developed an interest in regulated businesses and Sharia'a compliant structuring. The department is led by Toby Stroh, who has recently advised on sales and purchases in the hedge fund sector, disposals in tech and acquisitions in pensions.

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Testimonials

Solid and multifaceted. Enough expertise to cover the bases.

My experience with David Bennett has been nothing short of exemplary. Sound and measured advice with a keen eye for both sides of the deal. Market aware and takes the time to understand his clients needs. Commercially highly competent.

The team operate collaboratively with the client’s advisor team and work to find practical and effective solutions. They deliver to a high standard and provide excellent client care.

The willingness to work collaboratively and to tight timescales sets the team apart – Christopher Axford in particular shows great commercial awareness and client focus.

Key clients

Integrum Care Group

Airnow Plc

OxStem Limited

Pickstock Group

Exclusive Care Group

Belevedere Leisure Group

Emerald Fund of Funds

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Napier Capital Partners

Legendary Investments Plc

Glenstone Property Group

Kufflink Bridging Solutions Limited

IRSAP Group SPA

Deloittes Legal (Italy)

Dentons Pension Management Limited

Sigmaroc Plc

Islamic finance Tier 3

At Druces LLP, the team's expertise spans a wide range of structures, including cost plus and commodity murabaha, wakala, ijarah, mudaraba and musharakah; the group is also highly active in structuring shari'ah-compliant real estate acquisition and development finance transactions. Acquisition finance transactions are another driver of work for the group, which is led by Christopher AxfordMatthew Duncan is one of a handful of English-qualified lawyers who is authorised to advise on estate planning in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in Dubai. Simon Pullen and Suzanne Middleton Lindsley are also recommended.

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The feedback has been good and highlighted a “positive” outlook to getting deals done.

I have found both Chris Axford and Suzanne Middleton-Lindsey to be very open to discussing how to deliver good legal services as well as clearly setting out what they can and cannot do, which is a very valuable in helping select lawyers.

Key clients

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Druces LLP is 'experienced in delivering traditional private client services'. In addition, it is increasingly active in advising non-UK domiciled clients, both resident and non-resident in the UK, as well as their fiduciaries, structures and businesses, on sophisticated international matters. The team is well equipped to provide structuring advice on worldwide tax optimisation, asset protection and privacy across all taxes. The firm acts for a number of national charities and has a significant number of fiduciary clients. Robert Macro recently succeeded Richard Monkcom as head of the private client practice; other names to note include Nicole GallopDavid Anderson and associate Paul Levy.

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I have always found everyone at the firm very friendly, approachable and capable. Having worked with senior associates and partners in the team, I have always felt there is a willingness to do the best job possible and collaborating on these cases has always been very easy

‘Druces is experienced in delivering traditional private client services across UK capital taxes, estate planning and probate

‘The team was very knowledgeable both in terms of the general administration of a will and in relation to trust law, and had a strong understanding of tax consequences. It has a fantastic blend of legal and commercial acumen

The firm does a lot of work in property ownership structures and trusts, and as a result has a good overview of the market in that area. We regularly work with Richard Monkcom, who has a particularly high level of attention to detail, but is also focused on finding practical solutions Richard is a seasoned and experienced partner. I always felt confident that the interests of the various generations would be equitably handled by the team.’

I find Paul Levy to be very knowledgeable in all areas of private client law. Furthermore, Paul has always had a willingness to get things done with the minimum of fuss and without coming across as pushy at what is usually a difficult time for the client. I particularly like the way that Paul is happy to work closely with me on all client cases. He has also always shown a willingness to be transparent on fees

Paul Levy is an exceptional young solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and provides a first-class service. He is articulate, understanding and very thorough. He looks after me and my entire family always with a smile, and demonstrates a wide understanding of all matters, including an ability to think outside the box

Key clients

Directors UK (RXM)

Vistra UK (RXM)

Kleinwort Hambros (RXM)

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

The charities group at Druces LLP has specialisms in key areas such as taxation, employment, corporate, property and litigation. The team led by Richard Monkcom has developed a particular strength in advising on constitutional matters, commercial and publishing agreements, and taxation issues affecting the not-for-profit sector. The group acts for more than 60 charities in a variety of sectors including animal, medical, religious and educational organisations. Helen Freely is noted for advising newly established charities.

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Druces has a strong team of partners dealing with charities. Whether a large or small charity you will get a caring and personal service’

Roy Campbell is as safe a pair of hands as you could hope for in any charitable matter – he is emotionally sound and his judgement can be relied on’

‘Richard Monkton is the technician who knows charity law inside out and is often used as a reference point for difficult legal or technical matters

Richard Monkcom is highly respected and immensely conscientious in advising and generally looking after his clients, even where this involves giving them unwelcome news. He is very diplomatic and persuasive

Attention to detail and personal investment in finding solutions. Pragmatic as well as legally accurate advice

The lawyers are incredibly efficient, knowledgeable in their area, capable, understanding and very personable

‘Helen Freely is an excellent solicitor: she is efficient, easy to approach and work with, and highly skilled

In my experience the team is knowledgeable about charity law, dedicated and practical, with a wide and varied client base. I have worked regularly with Richard Monkcom, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, good instincts and a practical mindset

‘Caroline Cropley and Helen Freely are practical and sensible’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Druces LLP is engaged for a broad array of occupier lease matters, including those at head offices and other key sites. Practice head Nicholas Brent specialises in advising occupiers on development projects with his team’s expertise in representing overseas entities serving as a further key differentiator. Elsewhere, Adrian Footer, praised for his ‘no-nonsense’ and ‘highly focused’ service, has a noteworthy track record of representing clients in the finance sector. A further key component of the practice is its syndicated and institutional property investment work.

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‘I always appreciate the fantastic communication and work ethic. We always manage to find solutions. These days I only work with Druces as they always deliver and have sound advice.’

Pragmatic, experienced and market-facing advice.’

‘We have a very valued relationship with the firm and the key individuals who look after us. The importance of that relationship cannot be understated, because it means that they understand our business, what matters to us (and what is less important). They know we need value for money, incisive advice, to steer clear of posturing and point-scoring in negotiations and not to lose focus. They provide professional, clear and concise advice.’

‘Nick Brent breaks down complicated issues into easy to understand segments. He always finds a solution and does so with good humour.’

‘Adrian Footer is a highly focused lawyer, who understands what our goals are and how to achieve them. He takes a no-nonsense approach with other solicitors, sets realistic expectations, makes a conscious effort to manage fees and – importantly – is readily accessible and easy to speak to. He’s a good listener (a quality not all solicitors can boast) and effective communicator.’

Key clients

AXA Insurance UK Plc

Equinix UK Limited

Philips Auctioneers

Dogs Trust

Conde Nast Publications Ltd

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Druces LLP advises entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in the financial sector, as well as beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities. Helen Freely and newly promoted partner Matthew Duncan lead the team and also act as professional deputies. The department has recently handled several ‘removal of executor’ and will construction cases where it has been necessary to seek directions from the court. Other highlights include advising on disputes involving the estates of high-profile figures, including an art collector, a famous composer and a novelist.

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This old, established firm has a strong private client department which means that its contentious practice is underpinned with expertise in this area. Helen Freely is an excellent lawyer with real expertise and her client-handling skills are superb

Druces combines the best aspects of a long tradition in private client work and a modern approach to practice and clients. Helen Freely is particularly adept at dealing with the most complex and difficult matters, often involving international/offshore elements. She has a properly disciplined forensic approach, as well providing top-class, old-school client care

‘A very impressive firm where the associates are as efficient as the partner is excellent. Helen Freely knows exactly what she is doing and is very reassuring

Emerging markets Tier 4

Emerging markets work at Druces LLP involves the firm's banking, finance and capital markets groups, which focus predominantly on deals in Turkey, India, China and Latin America. Banking, mining and natural resources are the key sectors. The 'helpful and efficient' Charles Spragge is an experienced banking and disputes partner who frequently acts for banks, corporates, financial institutions, directors and shareholders. Corporate partner Dominic Traynor and newly promoted senior associate Jack Kemmish are recommended for AIM listings, equity capital markets transactions, M&A and corporate finance. Christopher Axford handles shari'ah-compliant finance structures.

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‘Charles Spragge is very professional and helpful. He works efficiently and delivers high-quality work.’

Key clients

Credit Europe Bank

Denizbank , Turkey

ICICI Bank, India

Bank of London and The Middle East

Alexander Mining PLC

Kibo Energy PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Katoro Gold PLC

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap DELETE Tier 4

Druces LLP's fast-growing practice undertakes the full spectrum of ECM work for companies, management teams, nominated advisers and brokers. Its domestic work includes AIM listings, transitions from AIM to the Main Market and direct Main Market listings.The team is also active in dual listings involving overseas exchanges, such as Nasdaq, Euronext, ASX and JSE. David Smith leads the group, which acts for a high number of AIM-listed companies. Jack Kemmish was promoted to senior associate.

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The merger with Ronaldsons has broadened and strengthened the teams offerings and commerciality. This means it is now a one stop shop for our UK legal needs, but at a reasonable price.

Dominic Traynor in particular is an exceptional legal adviser – his depth of experience in industry matters and general commerciality provides insight well beyond that expected of a legal adviser. His legal skills are excellent and he effectively uses the support team so that the correct fee level is matched with the work undertaken. Overall a very commercial and practical individual.

Personal, efficient, prompt and professional service delivery.

Always accessible, immediate response. Attentive to specific requirements and always willing to go the extra mile. Personal and highly professional service.

Druces as a whole in the Equity Capital Markets team are consistently one of the most reliable in the market place. They offer an output that you would usually expect of one of the larger firms while being able to maintain a personal touch of a mid tier on an ongoing basis. The team is always in the know with regards to the latest changes to rules and regulations and never allow transactions to slip up based on admin. Documentation, checklists and letters are always of the highest standard that would be expected of any high level law firm. They are very transparent with regards to the timing of a transaction and when issues may arise for any reason. I can always pick up the phone and discuss with one of the team as needed as well which shows the effort put in.

Excellent depth of knowledge. Personal attention with the same legal team always available. Druces does not load bills with expensive junior staff fees and you get value for money. Rather than being lectured verbatim on “the law”, the team find practical legal solutions to problems as they arise.

Dominic Traynor is always available and willing to assist. Excellent interpersonal skills and I am very happy to ask Dominic to go in to bat for the company when it comes to dealing with difficult third parties and potential new business partners. He also has an astounding ability to recall detail, which provides the company with a great deal of confidence. An extremely valuable member of the team.

Key clients

Alexander Mining Plc

Amedeo Resources

Athelney Trust Plc

appScatter Group Plc

Ecovista Plc

Eight Peaks Group Plc

Goldplat Plc

Greatland Gold Plc

Katoro Gold Plc

Kibo Energy Plc

Mosman Oil and Gas Ltd

Mustang Energy Plc

Nostra Terra Oil and Gas Company Plc

Summit Therapeutics Plc

Red Rock Resources Plc

Regency Mines Plc

Rockfire Resources Plc

SI Capital Ltd (broker)

SigmaRoc Plc

Savannah Resources Plc

Starvest Plc

Thor Mining Plc

TomCo Energy Plc

Mining and minerals Tier 4

Druces LLP handles transactions for mining companies and advises on equity capital raisings, substantial takeovers and debt securities listings. The firm has an established presence in the AIM market and other markets worldwide, and has an international client base. Practice head Dominic Traynor is described by clients as 'exceptional' and is praised for his 'down-to-earth manner'.

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They have strong industry knowledge and experience with the impression of having acted within the industry, not advising from outside.’

Dom Traynor shows an extremely approachable and down-to-earth manner – there is no sense of ego. This is shown in that he always seems happy to roll up his sleeves despite having a strong team around him. Possessing “in-house” experience within the industry has shown that he readily identifies potential issues and pitfalls that need dealing with at an early stage in a transaction – avoiding the need for escalation further down a transaction timetable.’

The team has a wealth of experience dealing with difficult third parties on complicated deals. They have the capacity to find legal solutions to apparently complex problems. Also generally well-connected and has the capacity to help put interested parties together. Good all-round strengths relating to compilation of documentation, problem solving and negotiation.’

Specific mention to Dominic Traynor who is personable but remains highly professional. Can be contacted at any time and always available for advice. I have found it possible to let Mr. Traynor lead a negotiation on my behalf as he has the ability to gain the trust of our potential future business partners who see him as fair minded and impartial. An extraordinary ability to retain the smallest detail of a transaction.’

Dominic Traynor in particular is an exceptional legal adviser – his depth of experience in industry matters and general commerciality provides insight well beyond that expected of a legal adviser. His legal skills are excellent and he effectively uses the support team so that the correct fee level is matched with the work undertaken. Overall a very commercial and practical individual.’

Key clients

Alexander Mining Plc

Amedeo Resources

Goldplat Plc

Greatland Gold Plc

Katoro Gold Plc

Kibo Energy Plc

Red Rock Resources Plc

Regency Mines Plc

Rockfire Resources Plc

SI Capital Ltd (broker)

SigmaRoc Plc

Savannah Resources Plc

Thor Mining Plc

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Druces LLP's practice is 'professional and responsive and avoids unnecessary legal jargon'. It is best known for high-value, cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, banking and finance disputes, and insolvency-related claims. Other areas of strength are professional negligence (acting primarily for claimants); claims against directors; shareholder and partnership disputes; mining and oil and gas sector-related matters; and property-related claims. Charles Spragge heads the dispute resolution group, following the departure of former litigation head Julian Johnstone for Freedman + HilmiNeil Hayter is focused on insolvency work.

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I have worked alongside Rachel Brown who is a senior associate at Druces. I found her to be very efficient and dedicated to her client’s cause. She was easy to work with and showed levels of maturity and skill one would expect from a partner.

They’re a dream to work with. I’ve found them to be professional, responsive and avoid unnecessary legal jargon.

Neil Hayter and Charles Spragg are very personable, which always makes working with professional advisors easier.

This is a team that you can really trust the judgment of. They are also always a pleasure to work with. With Druces, you can trust that your case is in safe hands. Their thorough approach to every case they deal with is distinctive and this, coupled with their dedication to defend the best interest of their clients, makes them an excellent team to work with.

Victoria Novikova’s interpersonal and client care skills are particularly valuable in her dealing with international clients. She is a very competent and experienced litigator dealing with international commercial matters. She is known in the Russian-speaking market and can be fully trusted to deal with complex international litigation. Victoria is a real asset in dealing with cases originating from the CIS/FSU region requiring Russian language skills and cultural experience.

Charles Spragge is a very experienced partner and deals with international commercial and banking cases. He can always be relied on when dealing with tricky or complex issues. He is also very approachable and a pleasure to work with.

Charles Spragge is a courteous and effective lawyer, who builds up strong client relationships.

Sensible approach while retaining thoroughness and technical skills.

Charles Spragge is my go to. He is always approachable and ready to have an initial look without the clock running wild. Calm-headed.

Small but dedicated with the ability to compete with bigger firms whilst keeping the more personal, client-based approach.

Rachel Brown – hard working, determined, commercially aware and sensitive. The sort of commercial litigation solicitor that every client would want to instruct.

We are very fond of Charles Spragge and his team. Their advice is focussed and spot on. Price/quality ratio is very good and always on time.

Charles Spragge has a more pragmatic and solution driven approach than many of his competitors in the City.

 

Key clients

ICICI Bank UK PLC

Moguland Fashion

Orexim Trading Limited

WPB Capital

Quantuma LLP

Denizbank AG

William Aylward

Fondation Ion Basgan

Property litigation Tier 5

Solicitor advocate and accredited mediator Charles Spragge became the head of Druces LLP's property litigation team in October 2019, with former head Julian Johnstone departing for Freedman + Hilmi in January 2020. The practice is strong in handling commercial and residential property disputes for commercial tenants, property investors, freehold owners and high-net-worth individuals. Recent instructions included contentious lease terminations and extensions, building defect disputes and vacant possession proceedings, as well as other landlord and tenant matters.

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Ben Lomer – pragmatic commercially minded advice.’

We used Druces on the recommendation of another law firm to handle an unlawful occupation of premises we had acquired, because of their expertise in handling such matters. We found them really excellent to deal with and their expertise in this particular area of the law meant that the occupation was dealt with very quickly and successfully. The team at Druces were really great to deal with and held our hands through every stage of what was a daunting and new experience for our organisation.

Total commitment to resolving the problem in the simplest and speediest way possible. The partner we dealt with was always available to discuss developments, completely reassuring and supportive every step of the way, kept us informed at all times and took a genuine interest in us and what we do.’

I have dealt with Ben Lomer on a number of occasions and would not hesitate to recommend him. He is extremely personable and approachable, thorough, tenacious with an acute eye for detail and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is also extremely knowledgeable about the complex world of landlord and tenant, both commercial and residential.’

For a smaller practice they punch well above their weight in property litigation. They have an impressive client list and deal with some heavyweight enfranchisement work, as well as general commercial landlord and tenant.

Ben Lomer is a very capable lawyer, offering pragmatic and commercial advice to clients.’

Benjamin Lomer in particular stands out for his commercial and client-focused approach.’

Happily, we only need to use the Druces property litigation team relatively infrequently, but on those occasions that we need to instruct them, we have found them to be responsive, very focused, realistic in managing expectations (in terms of both merits of our position and costs) and very aware of our need to contain costs and find solutions. As you would expect with experienced litigators, they can take robust and aggressive positions when required to do so to protect our position but not at the expense of seeking to find workable and cost-effective outcomes. Very happy to recommend.’

Key clients

Arrowstone Limited

Brown Shipley

Comland Plc

Conde Nast Publications Limited

Dogs Trust

Enstar Capital

Henderson Global Investors

House of Illustration (Charity)

Opus Trust Group

Nippon Express UK Ltd

Ratcliffes Surveyors

Urban Evolution

WJ&M Mash Ltd

Yours Clothing

Property finance Tier 6

Islamic finance and syndicated finance are the two key pillars of Druces LLP’s practice. Christopher Axford leads the team and is highly experienced in sharia-compliant structures, as well as having a particular strength in the banking and healthcare sectors. Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is also an expert in Islamic finance and syndicated structures.

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‘The practice has a broad range of legal expertise. Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is a superb lawyer, very approachable and very knowledgeable. A pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm kept us updated throughout the transaction, looked for solutions to problems and clearly explained any legal issues. We worked closely with Suzanne Middleton who was excellent. She was very pragmatic but clearly advised on the legal risks to help us make commercial decisions.’

‘The team are commercial, knowledgeable and approachable.’

Key clients

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Metro Bank Plc

Ratcliffes/Syndicates D&A

Alpha Bridging Solutions (now known as Kuflink)

Alpha Property Lending

Secure Trust Bank

Arbuthnot Latham

Bank Julius Baer, Guernsey

Denizbank AS, Turkey

ICICI Bank UK PLC

Bank of China (UK) Ltd

C.Hoare & Co

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Co-headed by Neil Hayter and Christopher Axford, the 'knowledgeable and responsive' team at Druces LLP provides 'accurate and cost efficient' advice across the full range of restructuring and insolvency work, including complex restructurings, directors’ duties/corporate governance advice and insolvency litigation. The firm has developed a particularly strong track record for handling restructuring and administration in the care sector, as well as claims against directors involving investigatory work.

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A no-nonsense team, they deliver what you need, when you need it, in a cost-efficient fashion.

The team is knowledgeable and responsive.

A good smaller team to take up your case, also not as many conflict issues as some firms.

Rachel Brown is superb  – tough but fair.

Rachel Brown – identifies the issue quickly and looks for the best possible solution. Very comfortable with insolvency and restructuring issues.

Caroline Cropley is exactly what you’d hope a senior associate would be. She ‘owns’ the account, she knows what needs to happen, when it needs to happen and how to get it done.

 

Key clients

Montreux Healthcare Fund Plc

The Pickstock Group

Quantuma LLP

Rocket Software

Immigration

Druces LLP focuses on Tier 1 and Tier 2 immigration cases, with other areas of work including Commonwealth ancestral visas, spousal visas, citizenship, registration and naturalisation. Post-Brexit, the practice has also been advising EU citizens who are resident in the UK. Charles Avens heads the team jointly with Graeme Kirk.

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Founded in 1767, Druces is an ambitious City of London firm known for advising public and privately-owned businesses, financial institutions and wealthy individuals across a range of industries and sectors. With over 250 years of experience, we combine cutting-edge legal advice with a responsive, partner-led service and pride ourselves on the long-term relationships we build with our clients.

We provide high-value expertise in the areas of corporate and capital markets, banking and finance, dispute resolution, commercial and residential real estate and private wealth. A large part of our work has an international dimension and we were founder members of the Alliance of Business Lawyers. This worldwide network of law firms enables us to deliver an excellent cross-border service for our clients in the UK and overseas, regularly advising international clients on English law matters.

Through mergers in recent years with City law firms Ronaldsons and Sykes Anderson Perry, Druces has been able to strengthen its capital markets, private client and real estate teams. This has led, for example, to the firm developing the capacity to provide specialist tax, property and legal services for French clients and to our capital markets team becoming leaders in the natural resources sector.

The firm: Druces is a highly regarded firm which is both proud of its long heritage and, at the same time, keenly focused on delivering innovative and forward-thinking advice to its clients. Druces prides itself on its in-depth knowledge of clients’ circumstances; and the industries and markets in which they operate. In the rapidly evolving world of 2021, our team has continued to focus on delivering effective solutions and identifying new ways to achieve clients’ goals through and beyond the pandemic.

Types of work undertaken: Druces has notable strengths in the natural resources sector, real estate finance, banking and finance (including Sharia’a finance) and healthcare. The firm is also highly regarded for its international and domestic private wealth work.

Corporate and commercial: Our corporate and commercial team is experienced in helping businesses thrive, whether it be a listing on the stock exchange, corporate finance and restructuring work or M&A and disposals. Our lawyers also have expertise in niche areas such as the healthcare sector and Sharia’a finance. There is also a focus on advising on a range of regulated business transfers. These include transactions as diverse as insurance demutualisations, through to the sale of banks and stockbrokers.

Private wealth and taxation: Druces’ private client team acts for high-net-worth individuals and families, helping clients with tax planning both in the UK and internationally, as well as finding ways to protect wealth for future generations through trust and estate planning. The team is also well equipped to assist clients with contentious and non-contentious probates, employment and immigration matters and to advise family offices. Internationally, our dual qualified lawyers are able to advise clients on French tax, properties and probate; we also work with clients based in Monaco, Switzerland and other French-speaking jurisdictions.

Real estate: Druces’ large team of real estate lawyers provides a complete commercial and residential property law service to a wide variety of corporate and individual clients. The firm’s commercial property lawyers act for a range of developers, investors, occupiers and financiers. Clients range in size from large corporates to smaller entrepreneurial concerns. The firm has particular expertise in acting for clients investing in property syndicates, Druces having pioneered the use of these structures some 20 years ago.

Banking and finance: The firm’s expertise covers asset finance, property finance, acquisition and trade finance, restructuring of debt and equity, project finance and also Sharia’a compliant finance. The banking and finance team is on the panel for a number of clearing banks as well as smaller and specialist entities, acting for other banks and lending institutions.

Dispute resolution: Druces provides specialist litigation services with a particular emphasis on real estate disputes of all kinds. The team is instructed by business owners, banks, landlords, tenants and families on a range of litigious matters and is praised for the clarity of its advice, its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The team responded creatively to the challenges faced by their clients during the pandemic.

Employment and business immigration: Druces’ employment team provides expert advice for employers and employees on non-contentious, advisory and transactional matters. Our business immigration services are growing in importance as more UK businesses look to us for advice on employing foreign nationals while foreign businesses and individuals instruct us for advice on visas and setting up and working in the UK. Clients include a range of employers, UK and international banks, insurance companies, senior board level employees and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Roy Campbell r.campbell@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5508
Head of Real Estate Nicholas Brent n.brent@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5561
Head of Corporate & Commercial Toby Stroh t.stroh@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5564
Head of Private Client Robert Macro r.macro@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5500
Head of Property Litigation Benjamin Lomer b.lomer@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5570
Head of Banking & Financial Services Antony Cotton a.cotton@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5592
Head of Corporate Restructuring Caroline Cropley c.cropley@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5551
Head of Immigration Charles Avens c.avens@druces.com +44 (0)20 7216 5568
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 David Anderson  photo David Anderson David is a Consultant in Druces’ Private Client team and specialises in providing…
 Charles Avens  photo Charles Avens Charles is Druces’ Head of Immigration in the Employment & Immigration Department…
 Christopher Axford  photo Christopher Axford Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department, dealing with a broad range…
 Nicholas Brent photo Nicholas Brent Partner in and Head of the Real Estate Department. Nick is experienced…
 Rachel Brown photo Rachel Brown Rachel is a Senior Associate within the Dispute Resolution team at Druces…
 Nigel Brown  photo Nigel Brown Nigel is a consultant in our Real Estate team. He specialises in…
 Roy Campbell photo Roy Campbell Roy is Druces LLP’s Senior Partner. He specialises in all aspects of Private…
 Karen Chapman  photo Karen Chapman Partner in the Real Estate Department, dealing with a broad range of…
 Antony Cotton  photo Antony Cotton Antony is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team. Australian born,…
 Jamie Coulthard  photo Jamie Coulthard Jamie Coulthard is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Real Estate team. Jamie is experienced in…
 Caroline Cropley  photo Caroline Cropley Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department, dealing with a broad…
 Sarah Dahabiyeh  photo Sarah Dahabiyeh Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property Team. She has broad commercial…
 Matthew Duncan  photo Matthew Duncan Matthew is a Partner in the Private Client Department. He has an extensive…
 Christopher Evans  photo Christopher Evans Christopher Evans is a Consultant in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial Department. He is…
 Adrian Footer  photo Adrian Footer Partner in the Real Estate department, dealing with development projects and the…
 Helen Freely  photo Helen Freely Partner in the Private Client department dealing with all aspects of administering…
 Nicole Gallop Mildon  photo Nicole Gallop Mildon Nicole is a Partner in Druces’ Private Client team. Nicole’s practice covers a broad…
 Michelle Goodrum  photo Michelle Goodrum Michelle is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Real Estate team.  Michelle specialises in leasehold…
 Neil Hayter  photo Neil Hayter Neil is a Partner in Druces’ Commercial Dispute Resolution team, specialising in…
 Jack Kemmish photo Jack Kemmish Jack is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial Department. He…
 Paul Levy  photo Paul Levy Paul is a Senior Associate in the Private Client department. Paul’s practice…
 Benjamin Lomer  photo Benjamin Lomer Benjamin Lomer is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Dispute Resolution team. He has wide…
 Robert Macro  photo Robert Macro Partner in the Private Client department and the Head of the International…
 Katie Mear  photo Katie Mear Katie is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Real Estate team.  She has experience…
 Suzanne Middleton Lindsley  photo Suzanne Middleton Lindsley Partner in the Real Estate department and leads the Property Finance team.…
 Richard Monkcom  photo Richard Monkcom Partner at Druces’ and Head of the Private Client and Charities departments.…
 Neil Morris  photo Neil Morris Neil is a Senior Counsel in the Private Client department dealing with…
 Victoria Novikova  photo Victoria Novikova Victoria Novikova is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She…
 Neil Pfister  photo Neil Pfister Neil Pfister is a specialist Commercial, IT & IP Partner in our Corporate…
 Michael Pidge  photo Michael Pidge Michael is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team,…
 Christopher Proudley  photo Christopher Proudley Christopher is a consultant in our Real Estate team, specialising in planning…
 Claire Rigby  photo Claire Rigby Claire is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Corporate and Commercial team.  Claire…
 Stephen Ronaldson  photo Stephen Ronaldson Stephen is a partner in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team, with over…
 David Smith  photo David Smith Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, with over 35 years’ experience of…
 Charles Spragge  photo Charles Spragge Charles has been conducting Dispute Resolution and Arbitration since 1988, acting for…
 Toby Stroh  photo Toby Stroh Head of the Corporate and Commercial department. Toby has been involved in…
 Christopher Sykes  photo Christopher Sykes Christopher is a Consultant in Druces’ Real Estate team.  Chris deals with UK commercial…
 Estelle Tague  photo Estelle Tague Estelle is a Senior Counsel in the Private Client department and a member of…
 Dominic Traynor  photo Dominic Traynor Dominic is a Partner in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in…
 Paul White  photo Paul White Paul is a business and property tax lawyer with over 25 years’…
 Gemma Wright  photo Gemma Wright Gemma is a Partner in Druces’ Real Estate team.  Gemma has a wealth of…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 32
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Our People

Druces is an equal opportunities employer, striving to regard all people equally regardless of their gender, age, religion, racial group, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce. The overall aim is for the Druces team to reflect the breadth of our client base, and for each employee to feel respected and comfortable within the working environment.

We have established several initiatives within the firm to ensure that Druces remains an encouraging, diverse and rewarding place to work and we are working on new policies to improve this further. For example, we launched a “Druces Women” social media campaign, highlighting the important role that women play in our success, from partners to associates to support staff.

Working with our social committee the firm develops and supports out of office events and activities for team building, thereby developing a more collegiate environment for all. These events have included online quizzes, all-staff video meetings and (in normal times) sporting events and team building exercises.

We take an interest in staff wellbeing, especially in the unique circumstances in which we have found ourselves in 2020.

Social initiatives

Corporate Social Responsibility has been at the heart of our firm throughout our 250-year history. We endeavour to be recognised not only for our reputation for excellence in legal services, but also for our longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of our staff, our local community and the environment.

The Community

Our people have the skills and energy that can make a real difference to the communities we work in. By working alongside local charities, schools and not-for-profit groups, we are able to focus our efforts and resources for the greatest impact.

In a normal year, Druces’ staff actively participate in a wide range of organised fund-raising activities, including the London Legal Walk and Standard Chartered Great City Race. As a firm we are committed to supporting our local

communities and as such make donations to the Whitechapel Mission, an organisation working to combat homelessness in London.

The Environment

We have taken significant steps to improve the firm’s environmental performance and we encourage all members of staff to adopt the same approach. We have worked to reduce the use of single use plastic and, as a responsible business, we seek to reduce our energy consumption actively; recycling and reusing materials, promoting sustainable travel and procurement.

In order to reduce our impact on the environment, Druces endorses a variety of sustainable initiatives that are incorporated into our business practices and are reflected in the way we source goods and services. This includes using Fairtrade products in the office.

We practice a zero-waste policy and urge all members of staff to think before they print, and to recycle wherever possible.


CLIENT: Ben Keefe
COMPANY/FIRM: Director of Mast House Holdings Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “I wanted to pass on my gratitude for introducing us to Karen Chapman. She has represented us in a recent acquisition and delivered above and beyond expectations in terms of thoroughness and commerciality – my family and I have greatly appreciated Karen’s approach, she is a credit to the Druces’ team.”


CLIENT: Michael McGarty
COMPANY/FIRM: Savannah Resources
TESTIMONIAL: “The merger…has broadened and strengthened the team’s offerings and commerciality. This means it is now a one stop shop for our UK legal needs, but at a reasonable price.”


CLIENT: Surb Shergill
COMPANY/FIRM: Brooklands Investment Group
TESTIMONIAL: “Rob [Macro] is an outstanding individual. He blends a strategic approach with strong interpersonal skills and excellent delivery. Pragmatic and easy to work with, not least when faced with challenging stakeholders. Rob has an underlying tenacity to get the job done, which helped me greatly to achieve what I needed!”


CLIENT: Martin Tidd
TESTIMONIAL: “Estelle has provided a broad range of service to me including Inheritance Tax planning , trust advice, shareholder agreement and shareholder dispute resolution, share sales, HMRC matters and general third party litigation matters. It goes without saying that Estelle is a loyal, proactive lawyer who always has her client’s back. She is honest in her appraisals of matters and likely outcomes and her integrity and no nonsense approach to her work are a bedrock of her values.”


CLIENT: Michael McGarty
COMPANY/FIRM: Savannah Resources
TESTIMONIAL: “Dominic Traynor in particular is an exceptional legal adviser, both commercial and practical’ – his depth of experience in industry matters and general commerciality provides insight well beyond that expected of a legal adviser. His legal skills are excellent and he effectively uses the support team so that the correct fee level is matched with the work undertaken.”


CLIENT: Trevor Martin
TESTIMONIAL: “Dear Michelle [Goodrum], I don’t think that in the 40 years I have been buying and selling property that I have ever had such a pain free transaction. Thank you for your assistance in making this happen.”