Druces LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Druces LLP
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON WALL
LONDON
EC2M 5PS
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Druces LLP's practice fields a team of advisers who handle M&A and various other corporate transactions for a diverse roster of clients, spanning the healthcare, insurance, construction, mining, retail and digital media industries. Practice head Christopher Axford is noted for his niche expertise in regulated businesses and shari'ah compliant structuring work, and is a regular port of call for the firm's health and social care sector client base. Stephen Ronaldson has particular expertise in mining, oil and gas transactions, while Caroline Cropley advises international entities on group restructurings and investment structuring matters. Antony Cotton is recommended for fintech and early stage company M&A.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford

Testimonials

‘Great client care and responsiveness. Willingness to collaborate with others on professional teams. Practical and proactive approach.’

‘One of Druces’ big strengths is its size; big enough to cope with anything we ask them to do, but still of a manageable size in terms of accessibility and client care. It makes dealing with the firm very easy, straightforward and stress free. Billing is fair and transparent and communication is strong, effective and on point.’

‘Antony Cotton is sensitive to the needs of our particular business and takes the trouble to understand what really matters to us; he’s an excellent lawyer, but what makes the difference is his commerciality.’

Key clients

Integrum Care Group

Belevedere Leisure Group

Sigmaroc Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for SarKate Securities Limited on the partial sale of Elements (Europe) Limited to GS Engineering & Construction Corp.
  • Advised Dentons Pension Management regarding its acquisition of Brown Shipley & Co’s SIPP and SSAS administration and trustee businesses.
  • Advised Clear Investments on the purchase of boutique multi-office insurance intermediary.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 3

Druces LLP's team has extensive expertise in a wide range of Islamic finance structures, including murabaha, wakala, ijarah, mudaraba and musharakah. Its client roster includes conventional and shari'ah-compliant financial institutions, corporates and investors. Christopher Axford leads the group, which includes real estate specialist Suzanne Middleton Lindsley.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley; Antony Cotton; Claire Rigby; Rebecca Pinder

Key clients

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

​​British Arab Commercial Bank plc​

Work highlights

  • Advised the Bank of London and the Middle East in relation to a number of commodity murabaha transactions ranging from £10m to £30m in value.
  • Advised a quoted company on a $25m sukuk structure and issuance.
  • Advised Bank of London and the Middle East on a shari’ah-compliant loan facility for an investor-developer.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Druces LLP remains a firm of choice for HNW wealth planning advice. Under the leadership of Robert Macro the team’s work includes not just tax and succession matters but also extends to other areas including corporate tax, financial services and real estate. It is well placed to advise its entrepreneurial clients on their personal assets but also on multi-generational legacy issues. It has expertise in advising Middle East-connected clients as Matthew Duncan is registered with the Dubai International Finance Centre. Helen Freely acts on many highly complex probates. Richard Monkcom is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Macro

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Duncan; Helen Freely; Richard Monkcom; Roy Campbell ; Paul Levy; Estelle Tague

Testimonials

‘Very personalised service. Attention to detail, first time and excellent bedside manner. Very clear on fee quote and they keep to it. Matt Duncan and his team are excellent. Immediate response (1 hour) and clarity of communication is excellent. Very good on wills, LPoA and trusts expertise’.

‘People such as Robert Macro are technically very strong and have commercial acumen. I’ve also met with associates in property, litigation, employment and immigration who are also excellent and take a commercial, more economic approach without compromising quality of service’.

‘Lovely team and a very safe set of hands across the board. Combine legal knowledge with humanity, which is a rare combination in a ruthless market. Richard Monkcom and Helen Freely are each highly trusted advisors‘.

‘I have found working with Druces over the past four years very easy. They are very professional but friendly and helpful. They offer a contact, Paul Levy, who handles every issue and, if it is not his area of speciality, he knows who in the company is that expert and refers you on. He keeps in contact with you, discusses progress, and advises on the billing. Estelle Tague has helped on financial advice on the sale of a company. What has been so helpful is that they have offered mobile phone contact, I have visited one at their homes in an emergency and my son and I have had calls in the late evening and weekends. This is the service we appreciate‘.

‘Reliable, experienced and always offers solutions. Roy Campbell is principally responsible for the affairs of the family and its companies and he is very responsive with all aspects. He coordinates his team from real estate to private clients‘.

Always available, easy to contact. Fast and efficient. Estelle Tague very astute, capable and easy to talk to. Understands issues quickly and is exceptionally practical in resolving the same. Does not run up unnecessary bills as many other firms do. Highly recommended‘.

‘Amazing team, very professional, focused, driven for results, and truly care with a 24/7 approach. Matthew Duncan a leader in his field, best private client lawyer –  a true rock in any situation. During the most difficult of times he has always been there for me and my family. One of the best!’.

‘Creative team that puts the client first and always delivers a solution. Rob Macro is a superb legal mind who knows how to handle the ever-changing private client landscape with ease and provides timely solutions‘.

Key clients

Directors UK (RXM)

Vistra UK (RXM)

Kleinwort Hambros (RXM)

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Druces LLP's varied workload includes a mix of standard/AIM/Aquis Exchange listings, dual listings, placings and company takeovers. Dominic Traynor heads up the practice, which is noted for its sizeable international client base. Traynor has a wealth of experience in acting for mining and energy companies. He works closely with senior associate Jack Kemmish, who has notable expertise in acting for international oil and gas exploration and production companies. The duo recently acted for MAST Energy Developments Plc on its placing, issuance of advisers’ shares and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Commercial and knowledgeable team – always a pleasure to work with.’

I’ve worked with Dominic Traynor representing three of the companies where I’ve been a director. Very responsive, very intelligent, always providing sound advice.’

Key clients

Airnow PLC (formerly appScatter Group PLC)

Amedeo Resources

Athelney Trust Plc

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Boston International Holdings plc

Caerus Mineral Resources Plc

Conico Ltd

Ecovista Plc

Egdon Resources PLC

Goldplat PLC

Greatland Gold PLC

Katoro Gold PLC

Kavango Resources plc

Kibo Energy PLC

MAST Energy Developments plc

Mosman Oil and Gas Ltd

Mustang Energy PLC

Nostra Terra Oil and Gas Company PLC

Panthera Resources plc

Red Rock Resources PLC

Regency Mines PLC

Rockfire Resources PLC

SI Capital Ltd

SigmaRoc PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Starvest PLC

Thor Mining PLC

TomCo Energy PLC

VSA Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Kavango Resources plc, a mining exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, in respect of a simplified disclosure prospectus for a placing and subscription of new ordinary shares, and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List (by way of a standard listing under chapter 14 of the Listing Rules) and additional new ordinary shares and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc’s Main Market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of £2m.
  • Advised Beaumont Cornish Limited (as Nominated Adviser), Peterhouse Capital Limited and Pello Capital Limited (as joint brokers) in connection with Helium One Global Limited’s admission to AIM and conditional placing and subscription to raise £6m, before expenses.
  • Advised Caerus Mineral Resources plc on its placing, subscription and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List (by way of a standard listing under chapter 14 of the Listing Rules) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc’s Main Market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of approximately £2.2m.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 4

Druces LLP has a long history of involvement in the mining and banking sectors across Africa, Turkey, India, China and Latin America. It acts for a diverse range of clients in the natural resources sector, including Kibo Energy, Savannah Resources and Katoro Gold, as well as financial clients including the Bank of London and the Middle East, and Bank of China. Dominic Traynor leads the practice, which leverages Christopher Axford's broad-ranging finance expertise, which includes advising on shariah-compliant structures. New head of banking and finance, senior associate Antony Cotton, is a frequent adviser to investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Traynor

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and delicate to meet our deadline.’

‘The team has an excellent technical grasp of the legal issues. It provides concise and tailored advice. It shows flexibility on costs and good client management.’

Key clients

Caerus Mineral Resources plc

Credit Europe Bank

Denizbank, Turkey

ICICI Bank, India

Bank of London and The Middle East

Kavango Resources plc

Kibo Energy PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Katoro Gold PLC

GarantiBank

Bank of China

Panthera Resources plc

SI Capital Limited

Goldplat plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Kavango Resources plc, a mining exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, in respect of a simplified disclosure prospectus for a placing and subscription of new ordinary shares, and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List and additional new ordinary shares and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of £2m.
  • Advised Caerus Mineral Resources plc on its placing, subscription and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of approximately £2.2m.
  • Advised Savannah Resources in connection with an accelerated bookbuild placing to complete a raise of gross placing proceeds of £2.34m.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

The team at Druces LLP, led by consultant Richard Monkcom, comprises lawyers from a range of disciplines bringing together specialisms in taxation, employment, corporate and commercial as well as property and litigation alongside its considerable expertise in charity law. It has developed a particular specialism in advising clients on constitutional matters, commercial and publishing agreements as well as taxation issues for the not-for-profit sector. The group acts for more than 60 charities and also works with a number of leading independent schools, religious orders and City Livery companies. Helen Freely often advises new charities in their early years.

Practice head(s):

Richard Monkcom

Other key lawyers:

Helen Freely; Caroline Cropley

Testimonials

‘The team has great experience over a wide range of areas within charity and not-for-profit law. The lawyers work within the UK and internationally. Richard Monkcom has huge experience and is practical and sensible in his advice. He is also friendly and helpful.’

‘Caroline Cropley is knowledgeable, efficient, sensible and easy to deal with.’

‘Excellent team. Very professional advice. Great availability and promptness in response. Helen Freely an excellent, competent and efficient’.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Under the leadership of Helen Freely and Matthew Duncan the team at Druces LLP acts for (U)HNW individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities in resolving their disputes by either defending or bringing the action. Freely does a broad range of private client work. Duncan has a strong reputation for his work on contentious probate, trusts and disputed wills.

Practice head(s):

Helen Freely; Matthew Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Paul Levy

Testimonials

‘An experienced and insightful team with an excellent eye on client care and management. Helen Freely is very experienced and clearly trusted by her clients, for whom she works very hard and keeps focused on their ultimate goals and best interests. Paul Levy is a steely litigator who fights the client’s corner hard. He is not afraid to stand up to the other side or, indeed, the client when necessary to further their position.’

‘I have used the services of Paul Levy. He has helped to sort out a complex Will. Paul Levy was excellent.’

Druces LLP is proactive and attentive and gives straightforward advice and guidance. The lawyers inspire and instil confidence in their ability which is paramount when you are in a crisis. Paul Levy is knowledgeable, reliable, proactive and genuine. I feel he went above and beyond for me to get the best outcome possible. I have, and will, recommend to any of my friends and colleagues who need an excellent solicitor.

‘Helen Freely and Matthew Duncan are both able and have good personal skills.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 4

Druces LLP has a long-established history in the mining sector and is skilled at handling high-end transactions, backed by its natural resources capital markets team. The team advises AIM-listed clients on corporate mandates including equity capital raisings, substantial takeovers and debt securities listings. Practice head Dominic Traynor has a focus on capital markets and has over a decade of experience advising an international client base, particularly in Latin America and Africa. Senior associate Jack Kemmish advises clients on IPOs on AIM, reverse takeovers and equity capital raisings.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amedeo Resources

Beaumont Cornish Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Caerus Mineral Resources Plc

Conico Ltd (ASX: CNJ)

Goldplat Plc

Greatland Gold Plc

Katoro Gold Plc

Kavango Resources Plc

Kibo Energy Plc

Panthera Resources plc

Red Rock Resources Plc

Regency Mines Plc

Rockfire Resources PLC

SI Capital Ltd (broker)

SigmaRoc Plc

Savannah Resources Plc

Thor Mining Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Kavango Resources plc in respect of its placing of 72,063,636 new ordinary shares, subscription of 663,637 new ordinary shares and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List and up to 244,950,808 new ordinary shares and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of £2 million, by way of a simplified disclosure prospectus.
  • Advised Caerus Mineral Resources plc on its placing, subscription and admission of the enlarged share capital to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of approximately £2.2m.
  • Advised Savannah Resources PLC in connection with an accelerated bookbuild placing to complete a raise of gross placing proceeds of £2.34m.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Druces LLP, which is particularly renowned for its work in the corporate occupier arena, has recently guided a number of landlords and tenants through rental renegotiations as a result of Covid-19. Department head Nicholas Brent runs a broad practice, with a particular emphasis on supporting occupiers on their development projects. The other key partner in the team is the ‘excellentAdrian Footer, who is principally active in the hospitality and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Brent

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Footer; Tom Rawe

Testimonials

‘I have known some of the team members for very many years and so that familiarity means easy access, transparency at all times on fees, billing patterns, and, of course, frank discussions about legal issues. Druces are very accessible, providing good sound commercial advice; fees are fair and transparent and communication highly effective.’

‘My main points of contact in the real estate team are Adrian Footer and Tom Rawe, both of whom I rate highly.  Both are excellent lawyers and very strong on their real estate practice, but they are both great communicators and, importantly, very focused.’

Druces have always given excellent legal advice but importantly it comes with common sense and practical application that makes assessment of the business risk easy to evaluate. They don’t try to confuse you up with legalese and red tape.’

Key clients

Carl Bechstein London Limited

AXA Insurance UK Plc

Equinix UK Limited

Philips Auctioneers

Dogs Trust

Conde Nast Publications Ltd

Dulwich College

Hamilton Insurance brokers

Houzz

Council on International Educational Exchange

Open House London Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting AXA with granting under-leases of a large provincial office to a branch of government.
  • Acting for piano-maker Carl Bechstein (London) Ltd in connection with its showrooms in London and across the UK.
  • Acting for leading insurance underwriter Hamilton on the subletting of part of its City office. There are complex dilapidations issues against the background of a lease-renewal elsewhere in same the building.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Following Charles Spragge 's departure from private practice in January 2021, Druces LLP's property litigation team is now led by commercial disputes partner Neil Hayter, forming part of the firm's wider dispute resolution offering. Its focus lies on commercial landlord and tenant work - while also covering residential sector disputes - and has recently handled a number of rent recovery and insolvency-related matters alongside occupier clearance actions.

Practice head(s):

Neil Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Lomer; Michael Pidge

Testimonials

An ability to combine strong technical legal advice in an accessible manner with commercial common sense and practicalities.

I have consistently been impressed with Benjamin Lomer’s ability to identify the key issues in a legally and factually complicated dispute and provide practical commercial solutions.

My standout experience with this department was the forensic attention to detail, coupled with hard-headed commercial advice.

Michael Pidge was definitely the star of the show – he was very up front and clear from the off with his fee agreements and this set the tone for the whole project. Whilst providing for all the possible outcomes, his advice allowed the client to pick the best and most commercial outcome, which we successfully concluded together.’

Druces have always acted promptly and managed matters effectively on our behalf.

Michael Pidge has advised our business on a number of occasions on legal issues in respect of our property portfolio, in each instance providing prompt and effective advice to address matters arising, with clearly outlined options available to us where applicable.

A friendly, responsive and professional service was provided by Druces at all levels.

The team dealing with our matter made themselves available to assist throughout the period of the assignment.

Key clients

Arrowstone Limited

Brown Shipley

Comland Plc

Conde Nast Publications Limited

Cubitt Capital

DLBP

Dogs Trust

Enstar Capital

Garrett Whitelock

Henderson Global Investors

Opus Trust Group

Nippon Express UK Ltd

Ratcliffes Surveyors

Urbanest

Urban Evolution

WJ&M Mash Ltd

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • Acting for Urbanest, a provider of student accommodation in London, in connection with the termination and clearance of a number of occupiers from a newly acquired site in Battersea prior to redevelopment and on an urgent basis involving possession proceedings and other strategic options.
  • Acting for Yours Clothing in connection with its extensive property portfolio and the rationalisation of that portfolio in recent months, including breaking leases, re-gearing existing leases, and negotiations on those due for renewal.
  • Acting for Maison Kayser in collapsing its UK operation and exiting two commercial leases of property in Marylebone.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

At London firm Druces LLP, senior associate Charles Avens has taken over as the head of immigration, with former head Graeme Kirk having now retired. Avens handles a variety of business immigration matters for companies, including the movement of skilled employees and senior staff into the UK. The firm also handles work for international entrepreneurs and investors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Avens

Testimonials

Exceptional quality of service.’

They never hesitate to go that extra mile to help their clients.’

Charles Avens went out of his way to assist with the application and issuing of my Ancestral Visa. He is extremely professional, courteous and a pleasure to work with. Charles submitted my application together with all necessary documents and motivation in an exemplary manner.’

Personable and collaborative style of cooperating with clients, while at the same time keeping the highest standard of professionalism.’

Charles Avens is a fantastic person to work with. He was always available and put the effort in for the clients to get the best possible service. Excellent knowledge of immigration law and Home Office processes.’

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Highlighted for its 'depth of experience and legal creativity', Druces LLP advises on Sharia-compliant transactions and is also strong in handling mandates involving syndicated investment properties. Christopher Axford and senior associate Antony Cotton co-lead the real estate finance team; both are strong in the Islamic financing arena. Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is also a notable team member, acting for international banks, funds, syndicates and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford; Antony Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What makes Druces LLP unique is their ability to provide a bespoke service tailored to each client. They really know how to make a client feel like they are their only client. Their sophistication, depth of experience and legal creativity – especially in the area of complex real estate transactions – is simply unrivalled. When there is an unprecedented situation alleged to be perilous, there is no better partner to have in the trenches than Druces.’

‘Suzanne Middleton Lindsley really stands out, as she has provided what is truly a partner-led service. She impressed me with her quick grasp of the very complex circumstances and her in-depth knowledge of how real estate should be structured really gave me great confidence. But it was also her friendly and supportive attitude, and readiness to take calls (or return them promptly if she was in court) which was very reassuring. I was delighted with the positive result of the transaction, and the speed and efficiency with which it was handled.’

Key clients

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Ratcliffes/Syndicates D&A

Kuflink Group plc

Alpha Property Lending

Denizbank AS

ICICI Bank UK PLC

Bank of China (UK) Ltd

Astute Capital plc

Propiteer Capital plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of London and the Middle East Plc on a Sharia-compliant loan facility for an investor-developer.
  • Advised an international bank on the transition away from LIBOR across its whole suite of security documentation.
  • Acted for an offshore investor in the refinancing of a £15m prime mixed-use development in the City of London.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Led on the non-contentious front by Christopher Axford and for contentious work by Neil Hayter, Druces LLP's six-partner team provides 'responsive and commercially-oriented' advice across the spectrum of restructuring and insolvency work, including in the healthcare and retail sectors. As well as benefiting from strong officeholder relationships, the firm also handles a sizeable amount of work for corporate clients, including recently handling a considerable amount of contingency planning and insolvency mitigation for businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford; Neil Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Robin Tutty; Caroline Cropley

Testimonials

This practice was fast and efficient, and very helpful by explaining all steps needed. They took me through stages step by step so that I understood everything clearly.’

The team is very responsive and commercially orientated.’

Caroline Cropley was friendly and approachable, readily contactable, and commercially minded. She gave clear and jargon free advice.’

Key clients

Rocket Software Group

Quantuma Advisory Limited

The Pickstock Group

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner Roy Campbellr.campbell@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5508
Head of Real Estate Nicholas Brentn.brent@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5561
Head of Corporate & Commercial Toby Stroht.stroh@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5564
Head of Private Client Robert Macror.macro@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5500
Head of Property Litigation Benjamin Lomerb.lomer@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5570
Head of Banking & Financial Services Antony Cottona.cotton@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5592
Head of Corporate Restructuring Caroline Cropleyc.cropley@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5551
Head of Immigration Charles Avensc.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 BrentPartner in and Head of the Real Estate Department. Nick is experienced…
Nigel Brown  photo Nigel Brown Nigel is a consultant in our Real Estate team. He specialises in…
Roy Campbell photo Roy CampbellRoy 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 KemmishJack 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 Consultant in the Dispute Resolution team. She specialises in…
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 treat all people equally regardless of their age, disability, religion or belief, sex or gender, race (including nationality and ethnicity), sexual orientation and gender identity, and pregnancy or maternity status.

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. For example, our “Druces Women” social media campaign, highlighted the important role that women play in our success, from partners, to associates, to support staff.

Working with our social committee, the firm organises events and activities for team building, thereby developing a more collegiate environment for all. During the pandemic, these events have included online quizzes, all-staff video meetings, sporting events and team building exercises.

We take a keen interest in staff wellbeing, especially in the unique circumstances we all have experienced during the pandemic.

Social initiatives

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

We are pleased to support Young Minds as our Charity of the Year. Young Minds works with young people across the UK to address their mental health needs. Throughout 2021, our team has been taking part in various fundraising events for the charity.

The Community

Our people have the skills and energy that can make a real difference to the communities we work in. During 2021 we have given all staff additional paid holiday to be used for voluntary work. In this way, working alongside local charities, schools and not-for-profit groups, we empower our staff to contribute in a way which makes the greatest impact.

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.


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.”