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Christopher Axford

Christopher is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team 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 NEX work, national and international joint ventures and group restructuring. He specialises in […]

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Druces gains far-reaching recognition in Legal 500 2019

City law firm Druces is delighted to have been recommended in ten legal categories in the latest edition of Legal 500, (2019) which has just been published, together with commendations for a number of our lawyers. Legal 500 highlights a number of areas for particular praise, including: Druces’ Private Client team – ‘very efficient and client-focused and […]

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Islamic finance goes mainstream for UK property

Islamic property finance is becoming increasingly mainstream. City of London Law firm Druces specialises in Sharia complaint property finance. How do you ensure Sharia compliance and what services do you offer?  The market and demand for Sharia compliant structures has grown markedly in the last decade. Interestingly, demand for finance from Islamic finance institutions has […]

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Druces advises Montreux Healthcare Fund on acquisition of specialist care group Active Assistance

London, 27 February 2018: City of London law firm Druces has advised the Montreux Healthcare Fund PLC on its acquisition of Active Assistance, the leading provider of care and support for individuals with complex neurological conditions. Active Assistance provides specialist care to individuals with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury in domiciliary and residential […]

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Druces to hold a Breakfast Briefing: Islamic finance – a legal update, on 13 March 2018

With Brexit coming fast upon us, attention is being focused on London’s role as a centre for Islamic Finance. This Briefing will provide an overview of how Islamic Finance works and what the future might hold for its growth or development in the UK. We will also look at some important recent judgments in the […]

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Islamic Finance Update

Islamic finance update: The arranging bank’s duty of care & the validity and enforceability of English law governed agreements in Islamic finance transactions This update considers two recent Commercial Court decisions which will be of interest and importance to parties involved in Islamic finance transactions. 1) The arranging bank’s duty of care On 7 December […]

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Druces LLP gains far-reaching recognition in Legal 500, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Druces has been recommended in Legal 500, 2017 (a leading international legal directory), for a number of its legal services alongside a number of our Partners who are also recommended. The Directory picks out a number of areas  for particular praise, noting that: real estate is a ‘key sector […]

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Druces advises appScatter Group plc on its AIM IPO

Druces LLP, the City-based business and private wealth law firm is pleased to announce that a team led by corporate partners, Christopher Axford and David Smith, has advised appScatter, the app distribution and management platform, on its successful admission to AIM. The company raised £9 million through an oversubscribed placing of 13.8 million shares at […]

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DEAL NEWS – Druces advises Pickstock Group on care sector sale to Blackrock

Druces LLP has advised Pickstock Group on the £7.1million sale of 75-bed St Martin’s Grange Care Home to Blackrock, one of the world’s pre-eminent asset management firms (advised by BLP).  Other advisers on the deal included CBRE who advised Pickstock Group on the property aspects.  The care home is let to Care South on a […]

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Leave your innovative footprint in the regulatory sandbox

Background The UK’s financial technology (FinTech) sector generates about £20bn in revenue each year. To ensure that the UK continues to be an attractive and innovative market, promoting competition through disruptive innovation within an appropriate regulatory framework, the FCA has launched a FinTech regulatory “sandbox” (The Sandbox).  The Sandbox The Sandbox offers a tailored authorisation […]

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