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Julian Johnstone

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Druces LLP

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Litigation Department.


Partner in and Head of the Litigation Department dealing with a broad range of commercial work, specialising in commercial and property-related litigation. Particular expertise in property-related litigation. Career highlights include acting for Haier Corporation in a claim brought by its former UK licensee for injunctive relief and damages for breach of exclusivity.


Trained Gray’s Inn, cross-qualified as a solicitor; qualified 1996; Kennedys – paralegal 1994-96; S J Berwin – assistant solicitor 1996-98; Ashurst – assistant solicitor 1998-2002; Dundas & Wilson – associate solicitor 2002-09; Druces LLP – partner 2009 to present.




Marlborough College; Pembroke College, Cambridge (1989, MA Hons); Grays Inn (1993); CEDR Qualified Mediator.


Fishing, golf, music.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Druces LLP's 'litigators understand clients' needs and their advice is always spot-on'. The team's key areas are cross-border disputes; disputes involvingĀ shareholders, directors, partnerships, LLPs and joint ventures; professional negligence claims against professional service providers; and insolvency and banking disputes.Ā Department headĀ Julian JohnstoneĀ is 'intuitive, gets straight to the point and has first-class judgment'; and Charles SpraggeĀ Ā is 'smart, quick and has great analytical skills'. The firm merged with London-basedĀ Ā Ronaldsons, adding commercial litigator Neil HayterĀ to the group.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The practice at Druces LLPĀ is led by the ā€˜first rate analytical mindā€™ of Julian JohnstoneĀ who is praised for his ā€˜broad skill setā€™ and ā€˜practical and commercial adviceā€™. The team is a ā€˜good, strong player in the marketā€™ and offers a ā€˜forensic and insightful approach to any given disputeā€™. Johnstone has experience in landlord and tenant disputes,Ā professional negligence and development issues. Senior associate Benjamin LomerĀ focuses on leasehold enfranchisement, forfeiture and possession proceedings and dilapidations. The team provides an ā€˜overall excellent level of serviceā€™ and is advising Topland Group and Enstar Capital on overage clauses and contractual provisions at a London development. The group is also acting for Henderson Global Investors in respect of its considerable central London office portfolio. Other clients include Gatwick Airport, Ratcliffes Surveyors and Aquila Developments. Michael PidgeĀ is recommended.

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