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Working With Our Clients – Summer 2020

Salisbury House Office 

In line with Government guidance, most Druces’ lawyers are working remotely and the Salisbury House office remains closed to visitors.  We are, however, maintaining key staff coverage in the office and, following a risk assessment (see below), a phased return of additional staff is underway.

Wherever possible we continue to encourage the use of electronic correspondence and documents (in preference to hard copy, paper alternatives) as there is a risk of delay in the receipt of the post and Document Exchange deliveries.  Please contact us before arranging any courier delivery to Salisbury House.

We also continue to ask that payments are made by bank transfer in preference to cheque.  Please be sure to verify our bank details before sending any funds electronically.

Open For Business

Across the firm, Druces’ lawyers have responded to  novel situation in which many clients have found themselves.  We continue to monitor UK Government guidance and are ready to advise on the developing legal and regulatory changes.  Regular updates are posted:

In recent weeks, we have handled a wide range of new inquiries from:

Businesses

  • due to hold AGMs;
  • regarding force majeure clauses in commercial contracts;
  • considering refinancing their borrowing and investigating the Government’s Covid-19 Business Support Schemes
  • contemplating variations to commercial contracts and arrangements with self-employed staff and contractors;
  • seeking advice on the impact of the lock-down on current court proceedings (and the enforcement of court judgments)

Commercial Landlords and Homeowners

  • concerned about the difficulty of completing planned sales and purchases;
  • finding that banks have withdrawn new loan facilities (as well as facing difficulties over refinancings);

Banks

  • anticipating default by borrowers

Private Clients

  • updating wills and making codicils
  • considering powers of attorney to handle their affairs from self-isolation

For advice about any issue you face during the Coronavirus Outbreak, please speak to your usual Druces’ contact or get in touch with the Business Development team at enquiry@druces.com  or by telephone on +44(0)20 7216 5518.

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Risk Assessment: Working Safely During Coronavirus

Our risk assessment, in preparation for the phased reopening of our Salisbury House office, can be accessed on this link:

Risk Assessment – Working Safely During Coronavirus


Druces announces merger with Sykes Anderson Perry

Druces has announced its merger with London-based law firm Sykes Anderson Perry, as part of its continued strategic growth and development.

The merger will strengthen Druces’ Private Client and Real Estate practices and represents around £1.6 million of additional fee income for the firm. Read more>


Druces announces strategic merger with Ronaldsons

Druces has merged with London-based law firm Ronaldsons as part of our continued strategic growth and development. The merged firm will be called Druces LLP.

The merger has significantly strengthened Druces’ Capital Markets practice with respected partners Stephen Ronaldson and Dominic Traynor joining the team. The merger also adds strength to our Commercial Litigation team with the addition of partner Neil Hayter and Roger France-Hayhurst joins our Property team as a Consultant. Read more>


250th Anniversary

2017 marked a very special milestone for Druces. We celebrated 250 years since the firm was founded in the City of London.  Visit www.druces250.com to see how we marked our 250th anniversary year.


Our firm

We have in-depth knowledge of our clients’ business sectors and the markets they operate in. We understand our clients’ businesses, identify their need and provide commercial solutions. Our standards and the way we work with our clients are set out in our approach. Our business clients include start-ups and SMEs, partnerships, LLPs, companies, larger corporates and multi-nationals, financial institutions and private banks. We also act for individuals in business and in a private capacity, providing them with a wide range of advisory services. We provide advice internationally, including through our membership of the Alliance of Business Lawyers.

Corporate & Commercial

Our corporate & commercial team provides services for commercial transactions; corporate services, listings, structures and re-organisations; mergers & acquisitions, disposals, and start-ups; finance and financial services; corporate investment; cross-border transactions; intellectual property; tax; corporate turnaround, restructuring and insolvency; employment and business immigration.

Banking and Finance

Our finance lawyers have a wealth of experience advising investment banks, clearing banks, overseas banks and financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, sharia’a compliant institutions and borrowers.  The team focuses on acquisition finance, corporate lending, sharia’a compliant and Islamic finance transactions, trade finance, distressed debt, refinancing, restructuring and property finance.  The team also advises on contentious matters including banking disputes, recovery issues and trade finance disputes.

Property

We have a large and experienced commercial property team specialising in commercial transactions; development; management; finance; investment & syndicated property investment; construction and contentious construction; planning & environment; and litigation & dispute resolution.  We also specialise in residential transactions and enfranchisement and taxation relating to property.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our litigation and dispute resolution team provides advice and representation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court  in relation to company, commercial and contractual disputes; partnership and shareholder disputes; and professional negligence claims; We also have an established international arbitration practice focusing on trade, commerce and international investment treaties. We provide mediation services. We also specialise in resolving commercial and residential property disputes and litigation.

Private Client

Our private client team provides advice in respect of tax and trust issues, estate management and planning; charities; Wills and probate; contentious probate including litigation and dispute resolution relating to Wills, estates and trusts; and international private client services.


Legal 500

We are recommended in Legal 500 for many of our services.

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