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Legal 500

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Legal 500

Druces is recognised as a leading law firm in the latest edition of Legal 500, the respected international directory, and ranked in many of its practice areas.

We are pleased to collect another successful set of results in the Legal 500 Directory for 2024, with excellent feedback across the board from our clients and peers.

Druces teams in Legal 500

Legal 500 highlights a number of areas for particular praise, including:

Islamic Finance
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  • "A responsive team"
  • "Good at Islamic real estate finance."
Equity Capital Markets:
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  • "Strong team with good understanding of what they are doing. They know the nuances and commercial approach required for smaller deals"
Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
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  • ‘Always super responsive and provide sound advice.’
M&A
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  • "The team combines pragmatism and commercial acumen with detailed legal know how – they practice ‘the business of law’. Their broad experience allows them to anticipate the drivers and likely approaches taken by counterparts, which helped enormously in shaping documents and finding solutions and compromise"
  • Private Client
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    • "They take their time to have a pre call with our colleagues in advance of meeting our client for the first time. This gives an excellent first impression"
    • "Wide range of work, lots of experience with internationally-focused charities, as comfortable with long-established charities as new ones"
    Contentious Trusts and Probate:
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    • "Druces is a long-established firm with real expertise in private client work. It has extremely good client handling skills"
    Real Estate - Residential:
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    • "I was very impressed by their knowledge, feedback and advice. As a client, I would thoroughly recommend Suzanne Middleton and Michelle Goodrum"
    Real Estate - Commercial:
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    • "Supportive and proactive, offering sound pragmatic advice"
    Property Litigation:
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    • "Tenacious and resourceful in negotiations, producing excellent results."
    Real Estate Finance:
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    • "The team are well-resourced and always available within a sensible timeframe when needed. In particular, members of the property and banking teams below partner level appear to be well-supported and encouraged to engage with transaction stakeholders in a collaborative and commercial manner, which helps to speed things along when time is of the essence."
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    Druces lawyers in Legal 500

    Christopher Axford

    Chris Axford, on the banking side, is always working hard to ensure our documentation is up-to-date in all respects and keeping us well-protected

    Rob Macro

    Robert Macro has an exceptional mind when it comes to complex matters and finding practical solutions (where perhaps others just would cite the challenges). This is coupled with an understated manner that clients really value and appreciate

    Adrian Footer

    Adrian Footer makes a point of really getting his head around the details of any deal we might be doing, understands what really matters to us as his client and applies a “can do” attitude to getting deals over the line. His no nonsense, practical approach is refreshing, as is his ready accessibility and responsiveness

    Dominic Traynor

    Dominic Traynor

    Dominic Traynor in particular is an exceptional legal adviser; both commercial and practical – his depth of experience in industry matters and general commerciality provides insight well beyond that expected of a legal adviser. His legal skills are excellent, and he effectively uses the support team so that the correct fee level is matched with the level of work undertaken

    Helen Freely

    High level and wide range of knowledge, very friendly to deal with, sensible and commercial approach. Helen Freely and Caroline Cropley are the key names

    Suzanne Middleton Lindsley

    I was very impressed by their knowledge, feedback and advice. As a client, I would thoroughly recommend Suzanne Middleton and Michelle Goodrum

    Paul Levy

    Paul Levy is very thoughtful, combining a great eye for detail with a firm gaze on the bigger picture. He is very good strategically

    Antony Cotton

    Antony Cotton is responsive, agile and really drives momentum on transactions. He has a no-nonsense approach and knows when to cut to the chase.

    Jack Dervyn

    Jack Dervyn – very detail orientated and always has great availability. Jack is a testament to all corporate lawyers with work ethic and specialist sector knowledge.

    Benjamin Lomer

    Benjamin Lomer is very thorough, explores every angle to get the best result for his clients and has strong attention-to-detail

    Caroline Cropley

    Caroline Cropley is responsive and helpful and takes the time to consider the issues and offer exactly the right amount of guidance that is needed in each case

    Michelle Goodrum

    I was very impressed by their knowledge, feedback and advice. As a client, I would thoroughly recommend Suzanne Middleton and Michelle Goodrum

    Claire Rigby

    Claire Rigby is authoritative and informed but highly personable and enjoyable to work with. She understands the value of a close knit deal team across all advisors and works hard to deliver that

    Mark Lamph

    Mark Lamph did an excellent job of managing all the legal aspects of a £10 million fundraising in 2021. Since then he has displayed a maturity beyond his years when dealing with counterparties’ lawyers, and he has become a trusted adviser for converting terms of legal agreements into good commercial advice

    Jacqueline D'Arcy

    Jackie is reliable and hard-working. Always responds quickly and can see what is important

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