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Druces LLP
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON WALL
LONDON
EC2M 5PS
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Druces LLP’s corporate team works closely with the wider firm's capital markets, tax and private client experts on complex M&A transactions, including multi-jurisdictional deals, complex group and ownership structures, and other linked transactions. Team head Christopher Axford, who started his career as a barrister before qualifying as a solicitor, has particular interest in regulated businesses and Sharia’a compliant structuring. Stephen Ronaldson has over 30 years’ experience in corporate law, with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. He also acts as company secretary for several publicly listed companies. Neil Pfister specialises in the TMT sector, working on matters for IT and internet start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Ronaldson; Neil Pfister; Antony Cotton; Caroline Cropley; Clare Rigby; Mark Lamph; Claire Rigby

Testimonials

‘Stephen Ronaldson gives each project a great deal of personal attention. ‘

‘Highly skilled and highly responsive individuals who clearly put client care and practical support at the forefront of their service. Collaborative in their approach to transactions, working closely and efficiently with the wider client advisory team.’

‘I have found Claire Rigby to be very personable and approachable. She delivers advice on complex points to clients in an understandable and practical way and delivers impressive quality work to often tight timescales. Her clients are give a sense of being a priority and transactions are moved along promptly.’

Key clients

Global Fintech Investments Holding AG

Integrum Care Group

Exclusive Care Group

Belevedere Leisure Group

Sigmaroc PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of Silobreaker Group, a leading cybersecurity risk and threat intelligence Software-as-a-Service.
  • Advised on a share acquisition, using a newly incorporated SPV established by Concierge 11 Limited on the acquisition from Summix Group of a hotel development.
  • Advised the purchaser, Global Fintech Investments Holding AG, in relation to its purchase of the Finablr Group, including UAE Exchange, Xpress Money and Unimoni.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 3

‘Always attentive to the needs of its clients’, the ‘experienced, friendly and approachable‘ team at Druces LLP advises both conventional and Sharia-compliant financial institutions, corporate counterparties, and investors on transactions structured in a Sharia-compliant manner. Christopher Axford is regularly engaged in murabaha financings, as well as an increasing amount of sukuk issuances. A significant amount of this financing work relates to inbound property investments made by Middle East investors, an area that real estate specialist Suzanne Middleton Lindsley regularly works on in harness with Axford. Dual UK and Australia-qualified Antony Cotton co-heads the team alongside Axford.

Practice head(s):

Antony Cotton; Chris Axford

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley; Claire Rigby; Rebecca Pinder

Testimonials

The very experienced, friendly and approachable team is always at the end of the phone to help with advice on structuring both at an early stage to aid client negotiations and right the way through the life cycle of the deal.’

They are excellent communicators and always attentive to the needs of their clients.’ 

Their attention to detail is excellent and they provide the advice that we need to make the correct decisions.’

‘Senior and partner level advice available at all times.’

‘The individuals are very easy to engage with and consistently provide a good service.’

‘Personable and understanding of what is required.’

Key clients

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

WIDR Group

Astute Capital plc

UV Cap3 Plc

Propiteer Capital plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the Bank of London and The Middle East on a number of commodity murabaha transactions ranging from £10m to £30m in value.
  • Advised Propiteer Capital on a new $200m sukuk issuance.
  • Advised Urban Village Cap3 on a new £50m sukuk issuance.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Robert Macro heads the department at Druces LLP that remains a firm choice for HNW individuals for wealth planning advice. Matthew Duncan ’s expertise includes complex tax planning, trust and estate issues for UK and international HNW individuals and trustees with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurial and family businesses. Helen Freely  does a broad range of private client work including tax, trust and probate work as well as advising charities. Paul Levy was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Robert Macro

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Duncan; Helen Freely; Paul Levy; Roy Campbell

Testimonials

‘I did not realise that preparing a will diligently was so detailed. Thankfully I was taken through everything patiently so I understood. It has left me with a lot of work but hopefully I will not leave problems for my family. Paul Levy has been most helpful to myself and my family’.

‘We have worked with Rob Macro for a number of years and consider him as one of the most commercially minded advisers in the space. The majority of the work has centred on internationally mobile clients, with a focus on non-domiciled high net worth individuals who own international businesses. Rob is one of the few advisers who can deal with corporate and private client matters as a matter of course’. 

‘Robert Macro, head of Private Client – technically extremely competent, out of the box thinker, can explain very difficult and complex issues in a clear and succinct way, sophisticated thinker and problem solver, very personable and approachable lawyer’.

‘In our core business we work with many law firms and Druces is by far the best experience we have ever hard. Different level, and extremely high standards’.

‘Matthew Duncan is simply by far the best lawyer we have engaged; He builds trust based on actions , and his legal knowledge is superior to anyone we have engaged before. A lawyer for life’.

‘They have a great reputation in London in the area of private client. Roy Campbell is the partner in charge. Roy is a great lawyer‘.

‘Rob Macro’s private client knowledge is unrivalled‘.

Key clients

Directors UK

Vistra

Klienwort Hambros

Work highlights

  • Eade v Hogg [2021] EWCH 1057 (Ch) Reported Case in which Druces acted for the widow of the deceased.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

At Druces LLP, the head of department, Suzanne Middleton Lindsley  has a wealth of experience in high-value residential property transactions and is also adept at dealing with Sharia compliant financing issues. Gemma Wright  is recommended for her work on a range of issues surrounding the sale, purchase and financing of prime residential property and off-plan developments.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Wright; Michelle Goodrum

Testimonials

‘What makes Druces unique is that it takes the time to fully understand its client’s situation and requirements‘.

‘I enjoyed having Suzanne Middleton Lindsley as a representative on my behalf. She stood out because she dedicated her time and put in a lot of effort throughout my property transaction. Even though there was a substantial amount of paperwork to get through, she was very patient and we went through every single document one by one with a keen attention to detail‘.

‘I have worked with Druces for several years and always found them to be reactive but more especially proactive. As a layman I have little or no knowledge of property law, my contacts at Druces have always been there to make sure I am on the right track and that we are aware of changes in the regulations as they affect our business‘.

‘Responsive, pragmatic and solution oriented – very prompt and responsive. Gemma Wright – excellent knowledge of land law, extremely practical and responsive‘.

‘Personal, professional and considered advice and guidance. Client centred – the clients’ needs drive the service. Michelle Goodrum provides a calm, competent and professional service. She is prepared to go the extra mile in terms of clarification of complicated legislation, and to answer legal questions from both client and their professional advisors. Michelle also has the ability to see the whole picture and not just her role, providing the client with best service’.

Work highlights

  • Assisting an individual with the purchase of an estate in Essex valued at over £6m which involved complex negotiations and bridging finance which had to be put in place at short notice whilst the clients were overseas.
  • Dealing with the sale of a residential property worth £20m and special purchase vehicle, working alongside its corporate team. The property had been rebuilt and so there were a number of complex construction and planning aspects. Furthermore, the property was on an estate with restrictions, so it was necessary to evidence consent to the build and deal with the estate’s requirements for the transfer.
  • Advising on the sale for an investor company of a house in Hyde Park Gate and a Mews House worth £15m.

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

Druces LLP is experienced in secondary fundraisings, acquisitions and new IPOs across AQSE, AIM and the Main Market, acting for issuers, financial advisers, nominated advisers and brokers. Clients note that ‘the commerciality of the team matches its excellent legal abilities’. Practice head Dominic Traynor is ‘an exceptional legal adviser, both commercial and practical’.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Jack Dervyn; Mark Lamph

Testimonials

‘Throughout the years whenever we needed work in a certain area Druces always was able to deliver with a strong team.’

‘Personal touch, long-standing relationships built on trust and hard work.’

‘The practice is close knit with a genuine feel to it. There is a lot of partner time which makes any client feel welcomed and appreciated. Overall the staff are extremely knowledgeable and can be trusted on any issue in the ECM space. As they are a smaller practice they can be more flexible and adapt when needed based on the transaction and the work to be completed.’

‘Very personable, easy to talk to and make everything seem simple.’

‘Dominic Traynor is very knowledgeable and trustworthy in all situations.’

‘Jack Dervyn is one of the most competent lawyers I have ever met. Brilliant both with clients and the technical nature of what needs to be done.’

‘The team’s size lends itself very well to having the key individuals being very familiar with my company’s operations, and match the appropriate level of experience to the tasks required. Druces internal communication is seamless. Most importantly, the commerciality of the team matches its excellent legal abilities; as a result we get practical, high quality legal advice, at a reasonable price.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Airnow PLC (formerly appScatter Group PLC)

Amedeo Resources PLC

Athelney Trust Plc

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Boston International Holdings plc

Caerus Mineral Resources Plc

Conico Ltd

Ecovista Plc

Egdon Resources PLC

Finablr PLC

Golden Metal Resources Ltd

Goldplat PLC

Great Southern Copper PLC

Greatland Gold PLC

GSTechnologies Ltd

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

Oilex Ltd

Panthera Resources plc

Power Metal Resources plc

Red Rock Resources PLC

Regency Mines PLC

RentGuarantor Holdings 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 MAST Energy Developments PLC, on its placing of new ordinary shares, issue of adviser shares 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 £5.5m.
  • Advised GSTechnologies Limited, the fintech and information technology solutions company, in connection with a secondary placing to raise a gross amount of approximately £1.4m.
  • Advised Beaumont Cornish Limited, Peterhouse Capital Limited and Shard Capital Partners LLP in connection with Bradda Head Holdings Limited’s admission to AIM and conditional placing to raise £6.2m before expenses.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 4

At Druces LLP, ‘the commerciality of the team matches its excellent legal abilities‘ and one client remarks that ‘as a result we get practical, high-quality legal advice at a reasonable price‘. The firm has a strong presence in the mining sector, particularly in Africa, Turkey, India, China and Latin America, and it handles both capital markets transactions and construction litigation for global natural resources companies. Lead partner Dominic Traynor is ‘an exceptional legal adviser, both commercial and practical‘. Senior associate Jack Dervyn is ‘proving to be a highly accomplished and trusted legal adviser‘. Together, they acted for Caerus Mineral Resources plc on its placing of 21,000,000 new ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange plc’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of approximately £2.2m.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Jack Dervyn; Mark Lamph

Testimonials

‘Very professional and easy to approach, able to meet deadlines.’

‘The team’s size lends itself very well to having the key individuals being very familiar with my company’s operations, and to match the appropriate level of experience to the tasks required. Druces’ internal communication is seamless.’

‘The commerciality of the team matches its excellent legal abilities; as a result we get practical, high-quality legal advice at a reasonable price.’

‘The team have become trusted advisers and its role has extended to a commercial legal advisory role in a variety of jurisdictions (Oman, Mozambique, and Portugal), supplementing our in-country legal advisers.’

‘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.’

‘Jack Dervyn is proving to be a highly accomplished and trusted legal adviser. He was instrumental in the completion of concluding the amicable termination of a joint venture with mining major.’

‘Associate Mark Lamph did an excellent job of managing all the legal aspects of a £10 million fundraising in 2021. He also displays a maturity beyond his years when dealing with counterparties’ lawyers.’

Key clients

Caerus Mineral Resources plc

Great Southern Copper Plc

Goldplat Plc

Katoro Gold PLC

Kavango Resources plc

Kibo Energy PLC

Panthera Resources plc

Power Metal Resources plc

Savannah Resources Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Savannah Resources Plc in relation to its exit from a consortium agreement with Rio Tinto and its remaining assets in Mozambique – in a deal totaling (USD)$9.5m.
  • Advised Goldplat plc on the sale of wholly owned subsidiary, Kilimapesa Gold Limited, including the assignment of an intercompany loan and advising on a multi-year royalty agreement for the duration of the licenced mine’s lifecycle.
  • Advised Great Southern Copper Plc, on its subscription to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities to raise gross proceeds of approximately £3.5 million.

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

Helen Freely now heads the department at Druces LLP that comprises lawyers from a number of disciplines as the previous head of the team, Richard Monkcom, is now a consultant. It acts for more than 60 charities across a range of sectors including animal, medical, religious and education. The practice also advises a broad range of HNWI individuals and philanthropists on the tax implications of their charitable giving and on setting up of family charities.

Practice head(s):

Helen Freely

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Cropley; Richard Monkcom

Testimonials

‘The team has a wide range of high-quality charity work (including matters with an international element)’.

‘Richard Monkcom has exceptional depth of knowledge and experience’.

‘Caroline Cropley has excellent instincts and knowledge. Both are easy and pleasant to deal with’.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Under the joint leadership of Matthew Duncan and Helen Freely the able team at Druces LLP is well-placed to advise wealthy individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities on a wide range of disputes. It has increasingly been acting in a number of disputes over the mental capacity of the testator at the time of making their last will or lifetime gifts. Newly promoted partner Paul Levy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Duncan; Helen Freely

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Druces allocates a small team to the case so that someone is always available to deal with day-to-day problems. They inspire confidence. Not cheap. But worth it’.

‘Helen Freely has unravelled a complicated trust set up in a will. She handled it quickly, efficiently and successfully. She is extremely impressive with an eye for detail and an impressive grasp of trust and tax law’.

‘The team has real expertise and the capability to deal with large cross border estate and trust issues’.

‘Helen Freely is an excellent lawyer who really goes the extra mile for her clients in order to secure a good outcome for them’.

‘A small but effective team that really looks after their clients and has excellent contacts throughout the sector’.

‘Helen Freely – very experienced and with good judgment. Keeps focused on client’s best interests even when they struggle to themselves’.

‘Paul Levy – recently made partner and not before time, as he has been operating at that level for some time. A combative litigator with a good strategic mind’.

‘From a barrister’s perspective, considered one of the very best contentious private client firms. Sterling reputation. Helen Freely and Paul Levy are both superb. Very hardworking, thorough, pragmatic, the complete package. Congratulations to Paul on his recent and well-deserved promotion to Partner’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a widow in the reported case of Eade v Hogg [2021] EWHC 1057 – a claim for construction / rectification of her husband’s Will.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Druces LLP‘s real estate team is led by Nicholas Brent, who specialises in advising occupiers on a range of issues. The firm continues to assist clients through the aftermath of Covid-19’s effects on the occupier markets which includes rental renegotiations and the termination of existing leases through excercising break clauses. The firm acts for a variety of clients such as landlords, investment companies, and charities. Adrian Footer is a key partner at the practice and has expertise in acting for occupiers in the finance sector.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Brent

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Footer; Karen Chapman

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the clarity of communication.’

‘Highly experienced partners and good back-up from team.’

‘Able to stand back and assess commercial points in context of considerable experience.’

‘The Druces property team are a pretty agile lot – responsive, accessible and armed with good commercial advice. Their legal knowledge is extensive but the focus is on practical solutions.’

‘I’ve worked with Adrian Footer on many commercial property deals and his advice has always been sound, practical and useful. He focuses on the aspects that matter most to us and getting the job done. He’s very approachable, responsive and knows his stuff!’

Key clients

AXA Insurance UK Plc

Blueprint Sports Limited

Houzz UK Limited

CIEE Study Abroad London Limited

Dogs Trust

Dulwich College

Keltie LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for AXA in continued high value lettings of regional headquarters in East Anglia, to an arm of Government and to a well known insurance company.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Druces LLP advises on both commercial and residential property matters, overseeing issues from recovery of rent arrears and insolvency to cladding issues and individual lease extensions. Benjamin Lomer leads the team following his promotion in May 2021. Overall disputes head Nigel Adams joined the practice from RWK Goodman in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ben Lomer

Testimonials

‘Ben Lomer; pragmatic, commercially minded timely advise.’

‘Ben Lomer has always shown excellent knowledge and client interaction skills to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Blueprint Homes Ltd

Comland Plc

Conde Nast Publications Limited

Enstar Capital

JT Ross Property Group

London Trocadero LLP

Opus Trust Group

Ratcliffes Surveyors

Smith & Williamson LLP

Transworld Business Advisors

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • Acted for London Trocadero LLP in proceedings concerning commercial rent arrears recovery.
  • Acted for National Retailer in connection to its property portfolio and the realisation of its portfolio including breaking leases, re-gearing existing leases and assistance with negotiations on those due for renewal.
  • Acted for Blueprint Homes Limited as a freeholder developer of premises in S.E. London consisting of residential blocks comprising 49 residential flats together with a transformer chamber, parish hall, nursery and office, in respect of alleged cladding issues.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Druces LLP is well-known for undertaking Sharia-compliant financing matters for clients, and also acts for syndicators of investment property. The team additionally handles bespoke transactions for banks and other lenders. Christopher Axford and senior associate Antony Cotton jointly lead the real estate finance practice and both have strengths in Islamic financing. Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is also notable in the development finance space, acting for international banks, funds, syndicates and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford; Antony Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Both Anthony Cotton and Rebecca Pinder are able to quickly highlight the potential points of contention in documentation.’

‘A collaborative and well-read team.’

Key clients

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Denizbank AS, Turkey

ICICI Bank UK PLC

Bank of China Ltd

Astute Capital plc

Propiteer Capital plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Bank of London and the Middle East on a broad range of its Property Finance transactions.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Led by the 'very knowledgeable' Caroline Cropley  and supported by practitioners in the dispute resolution and corporate/commercial practices, Druces LLP provides 'responsive and thoughtful' advice to large group companies and high-net-worth individuals across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Cropley

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hayter; Christopher Axford; Nigel Adams; Tom Rawe

Testimonials

The team is always responsive and thoughtful.’

Good people with strong technical knowledge who are able to explain things in a very clear way.’

Entirely client focused and driven by goal congruence.’

‘Each touch point is well managed, executed with precision and all provided with a personal and friendly service.’

Caroline Cropley is an understated and highly competent insolvency and restructuring lawyer.’ 

Caroline Cropley is very knowledgeable, very responsive and displays excellent project management.’

Key clients

Rocket Software

Quantuma Advisory Limited

The Pickstock Group

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious

Druces LLP relaunched its construction practice in 2021 with the hires of Richard Bailey and senior associate Laughlan Steer from RWK Goodman.

Real estate > Construction: contentious

Druces LLP's construction practice was recently relaunched, with Richard Bailey joining from RWK Goodman to lead the team.
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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, 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 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 today’s rapidly evolving world, our team has continued to focus on delivering effective solutions and identifying new ways to achieve clients’ goals.

Types of work undertaken: Druces has notable strengths in the natural resources, real estate finance, banking and finance (including Sharia’a finance), construction, family office and healthcare sectors. 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 specialist 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. The firm’s banking and finance practice is particularly strong, covering 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.

Private Wealth and Taxation: Druces’ private wealth 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, 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 30 years ago.

Dispute Resolution: Druces has strengthened its dispute resolution offering considerably, growing the team’s expertise to offer services across commercial and contractual areas, construction, property and specialising in niche sectors such as classic car disputes. The team is instructed by business owners, landlords, tenants and families on a range of litigious matters and is praised for the clarity of its advice, its efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner Roy Campbellr.campbell@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5508
Head of Real Estate Karen Chapmank.chapman@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5591
Head of Corporate Christopher Axfordc.axford@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5557
Head of Private Wealth Robert Macror.macro@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5500
Head of Dispute Resolution Nigel Adamsn.adams@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5502
Head of Banking & Financial Services Antony Cottona.cotton@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5592
Head of Property Litigation Benjamin Lomerb.lomer@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5570
Head of Corporate Restructuring Caroline Cropleyc.cropley@druces.com+44 (0)20 7216 5551
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Nigel Adams photo Nigel AdamsNigel Adams is a Partner and the Head of Dispute Resolution. He…
Christopher Axford photo Christopher AxfordChristopher is the Head of Corporate and is a member of Druces…
Richard Bailey photo Richard BaileyRichard is a highly regarded Construction lawyer with broad experience across the…
James Brand photo James BrandJames Brand is a Consultant in the Real Estate team, specialising in Construction.…
Nicholas Brent photo Nicholas BrentConsultant in the Real Estate department. Formerly the Head of Real Estate,…
Nigel Brown photo Nigel BrownNigel is a consultant in our Real Estate team. He specialises in…
Roy Campbell photo Roy CampbellRoy is Druces’ Senior Partner. With over 40 years’ experience as a…
Lisa Cardy photo Lisa CardyLisa is a Solicitor in Druces LLP’s Real Estate team. She advises on a…
Paul Caruana photo Paul CaruanaPaul is the Team Lead for Tax Compliance and Disclosure in the…
Karen Chapman photo Karen ChapmanPartner and Druces’ Head of Real Estate, Karen has extensive experience in…
Antony Cotton photo Antony CottonAntony is a Partner and the Head of Banking & Financial Services…
Caroline Cropley photo Caroline CropleyCaroline is the Head of Corporate Restructuring in the Corporate and Commercial…
Jacqueline D'Arcy photo Jacqueline D'ArcyJacqueline D’Arcy is a Solicitor in Druces’ Real Estate team. She has…
Sarah Dahabiyeh photo Sarah DahabiyehSarah is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate team. She has broad…
Jack Dervyn photo Jack DervynJack is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial Department. He…
Matthew Duncan photo Matthew DuncanMatthew is a Partner in the Private Wealth department. He has an…
Christopher Evans photo Christopher EvansChristopher Evans is a Consultant in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial Department. He is…
Adrian Footer photo Adrian FooterAdrian is a Partner in the Real Estate department. He has extensive…
Helen Freely photo Helen FreelyPartner in the Private Wealth department, Helen’s background and specialisms include incorporating…
Nicole Gallop Mildon photo Nicole Gallop MildonNicole is a Partner in Druces’ Private Wealth team. Nicole’s practice covers a broad…
Michelle Goodrum photo Michelle GoodrumMichelle is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Real Estate team.  Michelle specialises in leasehold…
Terri Hattersley photo Terri HattersleyTerri is a Solicitor in Druces’ Dispute Resolution team. She has experience…
Neil Hayter photo Neil HayterNeil is a Partner in Druces’ Commercial Dispute Resolution team, specialising in…
Karen Jenkins photo Karen JenkinsKaren is a Legal Executive in Druces LLP’s Real Estate team. She…
Alice Johnson photo Alice JohnsonAlice is an Associate in Druces’ Private Wealth team. She advises on a broad…
Mark Lamph photo Mark LamphMark is an Associate in Druces LLP’s Corporate and Commercial team. He deals with…
Paul Levy photo Paul LevyPaul is a Partner in the Private Wealth department. His practice covers…
Benjamin Lomer photo Benjamin LomerBenjamin Lomer is the Head of Property Litigation in Druces’ Dispute Resolution team.…
Robert Macro photo Robert MacroRobert is a Partner and Druces’ Head of Private Wealth. He has…
Katie Mear photo Katie MearKatie is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Real Estate team. She has experience…
Cheryl Michalik photo Cheryl MichalikCheryl is a Solicitor in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team. She joined…
Suzanne Middleton Lindsley photo Suzanne Middleton LindsleyPartner in the Real Estate department. She has broad experience in commercial…
Victoria Novikova photo Victoria NovikovaVictoria Novikova is a Consultant in the Dispute Resolution team. She specialises in…
Neil Pfister photo Neil PfisterNeil Pfister is a specialist Commercial, IT & IP Partner in our Corporate…
Michael Pidge photo Michael PidgeMichael is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team,…
Rebecca Pinder photo Rebecca PinderRebecca is a Solicitor in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial team. She has…
Christopher Proudley photo Christopher ProudleyChristopher is a consultant in our Real Estate team. He specialises in…
Claire Rigby photo Claire RigbyClaire is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Corporate and Commercial team. Claire…
Stephen Ronaldson photo Stephen RonaldsonStephen is a partner in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team, with over…
Michael Rowland photo Michael RowlandMichael is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Private Wealth Department. He has…
Kajal Sachania photo Kajal SachaniaKajal is an Associate in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team. Her experience includes completing…
David Smith photo David SmithConsultant in the Corporate and Commercial department, with over 35 years’ experience of…
Laughlan Steer photo Laughlan SteerLaughlan is a Senior Associate and construction specialist. He acts for contractors…
Toby Stroh photo Toby StrohToby Stroh (LLB) is a Consultant in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team.…
Krupa Thakker photo Krupa ThakkerKrupa joined the firm in August 2021 as an Associate in the…
Dominic Traynor photo Dominic TraynorDominic is a Partner in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team, specialising in…
Paul White photo Paul WhitePaul is a Partner at Druces and a business and property tax…
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
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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, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership 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. Further evidence of this leading role women play was our win at Citywealth’s Powerwomen Awards 2022, where we were named ‘Company of the Year – Female Leadership’.

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 during the unique experience of living through a pandemic.

Social wellbeing

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 Your Sanctuary as our Charity of the Year. Your Sanctuary offer sanctuary, support and empowerment to anyone affected by Domestic Abuse.

The Community

Our people have the skills and energy that can make a real difference to the communities we work in. Effective from 2021, we now give all staff additional paid leave each year 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: Surb Shergill

TESTIMONIAL: “Robert Macro is a highly intelligent, ethical, creative advisor who is very client (and results) focused and has a strong social conscience. His representation on my behalf has always been well informed, proficient, and resourceful, which ultimately resulted in a highly satisfactory outcome in all aspects. Having used some of the best lawyers in their fields, over many years, I have been singularly impressed with the highly professional and efficient way Rob has always managed my cases. Showing exemplary conduct and honesty with his clients, Rob is a rarity in today’s world!”


CLIENT: Stephen Chadwick

TESTIMONIAL: “[Paul Levy]…demonstrated an extremely wide knowledge showing a quite exceptional understanding of his field of law. He also possesses the ability to deliver his advice in a most sensible practical and understandable manner. In particular…he is able to deal with issues in a most compassionate way always putting the client at ease even when discussing extremely difficult, sensitive and personal matters. His attention to detail is first class and is able to process a large volume of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy…Over the years, I have had no hesitation in recommending him to friends, family and former professional colleagues…”


CLIENT: Ben Glassman

TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Paul [Levy] for a number of years and have always found him to be highly proactive and resourceful with our mutual clients. Paul has a calm and engaging approach…and is able to outline complex ideas in a friendly and accessible manner… Paul has a strong international dimension to his work, comfortable in addressing the concerns of both UK resident and non-resident individuals.”


CLIENT: Paul Foy

COMPANY/FIRM: CEO of RentGuarantor

TESTIMONIAL: “RentGuarantor exists to fulfil a market need within the private rental property sector, but we also have big ambitions to grow new revenue streams through the innovative use of technology. We are very excited about the prospects for the business trading on AQUIS, and I would like to thank the team at Druces LLP and in particular Jack [Dervyn] for his excellent support and professionalism over the course of the listing process. I look forward to working with Jack and the team as we grow the business”


CLIENT: Tone Goh

COMPANY/FIRM: GSTechnologies

TESTIMONIAL: “Jack [Dervyn] and David [Smith] helped us to move quickly and efficiently to take advantage of this opportunity. I was very impressed with how they could guide us through the process to close the placing. The timeline to completion was exceptionally tight and Druces delivered”


CLIENT: Tone Goh

COMPANY/FIRM: GSTechnologies

TESTIMONIAL: “The New Year has got off to a flying start for GST and this fundraising builds upon the investor commitment from the second half of 2021. Jack [Dervyn] and David [Smith] worked across various timezones to help us get the fundraising over the line, and I am very pleased with their commercial and legal advice”.


CLIENT: Audrey Alexander

TESTIMONIAL: “As you can imagine we are delighted by this outcome. I just wanted to thank you [Laughlan Steer] for the high quality of legal support you provided. At all times you were empathetic, pragmatic and value focussed and I really appreciate the effort you put in to resolving this issue for us.


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.”


CLIENT: Arthur Goldberg

TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks once again for your diligence [Paul Caruana]. You are simply the best.”


CLIENT: Michael McGarty

COMPANY/FIRM: Savannah Resources

TESTIMONIAL: “The Druces team led by Jack Dervyn and Dominic Traynor did a great job of facilitating an effective and efficient conclusion to bring our joint venture with mining major, Rio Tinto, to a conclusion. Furthermore, they offered commercial insights as well as expert legal input, and were very flexible in the times that they provided assistance to recognise the parties’ varying time-zones.”


CLIENT: Michael McGarty

COMPANY/FIRM: Savannah Resources

TESTIMONIAL: “Yet again the Druces team worked very effectively with our company and other advisors, and their guidance and input was an integral part of delivering a great result. This means that the Savannah team is well placed to complete the appraisal of our flagship project and to complement that work by evaluating opportunities to further enhance its ESG credentials, undertake exploration to define additional resources, and add key personnel to our project team as we proceed to the development phase”.


CLIENT: Paul McGoldrick

COMPANY/FIRM: Cool Planet Technologies Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Antony [Cotton] and Kajal [Sachania] have been first class in their handling of Cool Planet’s fund raise and share issue. Commercial, pragmatic and cool under pressure – theirs is the business of law. A cut above the rest and a refreshing and valuable approach, to say the least – and their patience and ability to herd cats is quite an art!”