Druces is recommended in Legal 500, 2016, a leading international legal directory, for a number of its legal services. A number of our Partners are also recommended. Areas where the firm is recommended are set out below, with additional commentary (where it is given by Legal 500).
Corporate & Commercial: M&A smaller deals, up to £50m (tier 2)
Druces LLP’s ‘approachable and responsive’ practice recruited David Bennett and David Smith from Marriott Harrison LLP and Fasken Martineau LLP, respectively. Department head Toby Stroh and senior associate Antony Cotton are recommended along with Christopher Axford, who combines ‘experience and sound judgement’. Clients include Glenstone Property Group and Trinity Healthcare.
Islamic Finance (tier 3)
Druces LLP continued to expand its practice with the arrival of Simon Pullen from Howard Kennedy LLP; he brings strong ties to new client British Arab Commercial Bank. Christopher Axford handled a number of property deals in 2015.
Commercial Litigation (tier 7)
Commercial Property (tier 5)
‘Business acumen’ is strong at Druces LLP, where the team specialises in private investor syndication. Key players include ‘calm and confident’ practice head, Nicholas Brent, the ‘very thorough’ Suzanne Middleton-Lindsley and Karen Chapman; the latter named acts for retailers such as Yours Clothing. Adrian Footer was made up to partner.
Commercial Property – retail (tier 3)
Planning (Tier 5)
Under the leadership of the ‘intuitive and efficient’ Christopher Proudley, Druces LLP is ‘especially good at drafting and advising on s106 obligations’. Clients include Dogs Trust as well as Bank of London and the Middle East.
Property Finance (tier 6)
Druces LLP’s team is led by Simon Pullen, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP in August 2015; his clients include Bank Julius Baer & Co and British Arab Commercial Bank. Christopher Axford combines ‘pragmatic solutions, sound judgement and an ability to get to the heart of complicated problems’.
Property Litigation (tier 4)
Julian Johnstone at Druces LLP is ‘very astute’ and ‘a force to be reckoned with’. Clients include Aquila Developments and the Dogs Trust.
Contentious trusts and probate (tier 4)
Druces LLP’s clients include The Queens Club and a number of high-net-worth individuals. ‘No-nonsense litigator’ Helen Freely is recommended alongside ‘responsive, proactive’ and ‘well-organised’ senior associate Rachel Diedrich.
Charities and not-for-profit (tier 5)
Druces LLP’s well-established practice counts several high-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations among its clients, including the Dogs Trust. Richard Monkcom and Matthew McCormick are highlighted for their expertise.
Personal tax, trusts and probate (tier 4)
Druces LLP has ‘a highly intelligent team that always seeks to provide a practical solution’. Roy Campbell ‘consistently impresses’ and the ‘vastly experienced ‘Richard Monkcom provides ‘very precise and pragmatic answers’. Robert Macro and Neil Morris, who joined from Penningtons Manches LLP, are praised for providing ‘advice that you can trust’.
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