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Druces LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘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.‘
Integrum Care 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
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 Axford. Matthew 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.
‘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.‘
Bank of London and The Middle East plc
British Arab Commercial Bank plc
‘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‘
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.
‘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’
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
AXA Insurance UK Plc
Equinix UK Limited
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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.
‘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.
‘Charles Spragge is very professional and helpful. He works efficiently and delivers high-quality work.’
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
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.
‘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.‘
Alexander Mining Plc
Athelney Trust Plc
appScatter Group Plc
Eight Peaks Group 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)
Savannah Resources 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'.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Alexander Mining Plc
Greatland Gold Plc
Katoro Gold Plc
Kibo Energy Plc
Red Rock Resources Plc
Regency Mines Plc
Rockfire Resources Plc
SI Capital Ltd (broker)
Savannah Resources Plc
Thor Mining Plc
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 + Hilmi. Neil Hayter is focused on insolvency work.
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.
ICICI Bank UK PLC
Orexim Trading Limited
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.
‘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.’
Conde Nast Publications Limited
Henderson Global Investors
House of Illustration (Charity)
Opus Trust Group
Nippon Express UK Ltd
WJ&M Mash Ltd
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Bank of London and the Middle East Plc
Metro Bank Plc
Alpha Bridging Solutions (now known as Kuflink)
Alpha Property Lending
Secure Trust Bank
Bank Julius Baer, Guernsey
Denizbank AS, Turkey
ICICI Bank UK PLC
Bank of China (UK) Ltd
C.Hoare & Co
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.
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.
Montreux Healthcare Fund Plc
The Pickstock Group
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.
Druces LLP > Firm Profile
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 & capital markets, banking & 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 2020, 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 sector, real estate finance, banking and finance (including Sharia’a finance), private wealth and estate planning and healthcare. The firm is also highly regarded for its international wealth and fiduciary practice.
Corporate and Commercial: Our Corporate & 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. As more businesses go digital, our new Druces Future service helps businesses who are creating an online ‘shop front’; advising on terms and conditions, GDPR regulation and the like.
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 trusts 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 in three main areas: commercial and contractual disputes; disputes relating to partnerships, joint ventures, shareholdings or corporate structures; and professional negligence claims for claimants. However, all litigation clients look to us for the same key qualities as we guide them through to a resolution. The team offers clarity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness and is instructed by business owners, banks, landlords, tenants and families on a range of disputes. The team has experience handling arbitration under the full range of rules, in particular, in connection with international trade and commercial arbitrations, and investment treaty arbitrations.
Employment & 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.
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|David Anderson||David is a Consultant in Druces’ Private Client team and specialises in providing…||View Profile|
|Charles Avens||Senior Associate in the Druces’ Employment & Immigration Department and a recommended…||View Profile|
|Christopher Axford||Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department, dealing with a broad range…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Brent||Partner in and Head of the Real Estate Department. Nick is experienced…||View Profile|
|Rachel Brown||Rachel is a Senior Associate within the Dispute Resolution team at Druces…||View Profile|
|Nigel Brown||Nigel is a consultant in our Real Estate team. He specialises in…||View Profile|
|Roy Campbell||Roy is Druces LLP’s Senior Partner. He specialises in all aspects of Private…||View Profile|
|Karen Chapman||Partner in the Real Estate Department, dealing with a broad range of…||View Profile|
|Antony Cotton||Antony is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team. Australian born,…||View Profile|
|Jamie Coulthard||Jamie Coulthard is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Real Estate team. Jamie is experienced in…||View Profile|
|Caroline Cropley||Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department, dealing with a broad…||View Profile|
|Sarah Dahabiyeh||Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property Team. She has broad commercial…||View Profile|
|Matthew Duncan||Matthew is a Partner in the Private Client Department. He has an extensive…||View Profile|
|Christopher Evans||Christopher Evans is a Consultant in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial Department. He is…||View Profile|
|Adrian Footer||Partner in the Real Estate department, dealing with development projects and the…||View Profile|
|Helen Freely||Partner in the Private Client department dealing with all aspects of administering…||View Profile|
|Nicole Gallop Mildon||Nicole is a Partner in Druces’ Private Client team. Nicole’s practice covers a broad…||View Profile|
|Michelle Goodrum||Michelle is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Real Estate team. Michelle specialises in leasehold…||View Profile|
|Neil Hayter||Neil is a Partner in Druces’ Commercial Dispute Resolution team, specialising in…||View Profile|
|Jack Kemmish||Jack is a Senior Associate in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial Department. He…||View Profile|
|Paul Levy||Paul is a Senior Associate in the Private Client department. Paul’s practice…||View Profile|
|Benjamin Lomer||Benjamin Lomer is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Dispute Resolution team. He has wide…||View Profile|
|Robert Macro||Partner in the Private Client department and the Head of the International…||View Profile|
|Katie Mear||Katie is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Real Estate team. She has experience…||View Profile|
|Suzanne Middleton Lindsley||Partner in the Real Estate department and leads the Property Finance team.…||View Profile|
|Richard Monkcom||Partner at Druces’ and Head of the Private Client and Charities departments.…||View Profile|
|Neil Morris||Neil is a Senior Counsel in the Private Client department dealing with…||View Profile|
|Victoria Novikova||Victoria Novikova is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She…||View Profile|
|Neil Pfister||Neil Pfister is a specialist Commercial, IT & IP Partner in our Corporate…||View Profile|
|Michael Pidge||Michael is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team,…||View Profile|
|Christopher Proudley||Christopher is a consultant in our Real Estate team, specialising in planning…||View Profile|
|Claire Rigby||Claire is a Senior Associate in Druces LLP’s Corporate and Commercial team. Claire…||View Profile|
|Stephen Ronaldson||Stephen is a partner in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team, with over…||View Profile|
|David Smith||Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department, with over 35 years’ experience of…||View Profile|
|Charles Spragge||Charles has been conducting Dispute Resolution and Arbitration since 1988, acting for…||View Profile|
|Toby Stroh||Head of the Corporate and Commercial department. Toby has been involved in…||View Profile|
|Christopher Sykes||Christopher is a Consultant in Druces’ Real Estate team. Chris deals with UK commercial…||View Profile|
|Estelle Tague||Estelle is a Senior Counsel in the Private Client department and a member of…||View Profile|
|Dominic Traynor||Dominic is a Partner in Druces’ Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in…||View Profile|
|Paul White||Paul is a business and property tax lawyer with over 25 years’…||View Profile|
|Gemma Wright||Gemma is a Partner in Druces’ Real Estate team. Gemma has a wealth of…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 22 Number of other UK fee-earners : 37
LanguagesFrench Italian German Russian Dutch Spanish Finnish
MembershipsAlliance of Business Lawyers
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Islamic finance
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Charities and not-for-profit
- Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Emerging markets
- Equity capital markets - low-mid cap
- Mining and minerals
- Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Property litigation
- Property finance
- Corporate restructuring & insolvency