Helen Freely > Druces LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Druces LLP

Work Department

Private Client 


Partner in the Private Wealth department, Helen’s background and specialisms include incorporating Wills, probate including UK and foreign domiciliary estates, trusts, court of protection work, lasting powers of attorney, tax planning and charity law. She also leads Druces’ Charities and Philanthropy practice.

She has written articles for the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph and has appeared on BBC TV and Radio to discuss a range of private client topics. Helen speaks fluent German and has experience taking on cases with a German or Austrian element.


Trained W H Matthews & Co qualified 2004. Solicitor at Matthew Arnold Baldwin, 2004-07; partner at Ambrose Appelbe 2007-11; partner at Druces LLP 2011-to date.

Reported Cases

Eade v Hogg [2021] EWHC 1057 – acted successfully for the widow in this rectification / construction case.

Clark v World Wildlife Fund & Others [2011] WTLR 961 – acted as Independent Administrator in this case.


German (fluent), French (basic) and Spanish (basic).


STEP; Holborn Law Society; Mencap; Solicitors for the Elderly; British German Jurists Association.


St Mary’s School, Ascot; University College, London (2001); College of Law (2002).


In her spare time, Helen enjoys the theatre, tennis and arranging charity fundraising events.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

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.

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

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.

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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. Estelle Tague  was recently promoted to the partnership as was Paul Levy .