Christopher Axford > Druces LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Druces LLP
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON WALL
LONDON
EC2M 5PS
England

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial 

Position

Christopher is the Head of Corporate and is a member of Druces Executive Committee which manages the firm’s direction and vision for the future.

He deals with a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including AIM and AQSE work, national and international joint ventures and group restructuring. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries and has particular expertise in advising financiers, investors, owners and operators in the leisure and healthcare sectors. He is also experienced in dealing with Sharia’a compliant transactions.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2000 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2003; Quartson & Co, London – assistant solicitor 2003-05; Middleton Potts – assistant solicitor 2005-06; Middleton Potts – partner 2006-07; Druces LLP (formerly Druces & Attlee) – partner 2007 to present.

Memberships

City of London Law Society; Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Education

Eltham College, London; University of Exeter (1998 BA Hons); BPP Law School, London (Postgraduate Diploma in Law 1999).

Personal

Christopher is a contributing author of Jordans “Care Standards: A Practical Guide”.

Leisure

Fine wine and food, the theatre, reading and attending the gym.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property finance

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.

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

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.

London > Finance > Islamic finance

‘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.