Druces for Business


Druces for Business


Druces has longstanding experience in advising on all aspects of real estate finance. We combine expertise in technical legal matters with knowledge of market trends and commercial developments affecting the sector.

We act for borrowers and lenders on a range of real estate finance transactions, including for acquisitions and construction; ‘off-plan’ development funding; bridging and mezzanine facilities and REIT property funding transactions. Our clients range from banks and financial institutions, investment funds, finance houses, to private investors and a range of borrowers.

Legal 500 commentary

Druces was again ranked in the Legal 500 for Real Estate Finance work in 2022.

“At Druces LLP, the ‘overall level of service is superb’: ‘partners stay actively engaged in the deals and provide commercial, sensible advice’.” Furthermore, “Christopher Axford heads the practice, which also includes Suzanne Middleton-Lindsley. They ‘demonstrate an excellent technical ability, are thorough and methodical, and best of all are an absolute pleasure to deal with’.”

Recent work

  • Last year we advised over 100 property investment syndicates from initial purchase through a nominee company, its financing, its subsequent management and eventual disposal.
  • We advise a London bank on its new property finance transactions including sharia’a compliance advice.
  • We advised an Islamic bank on the £30m financing, through a Murabaha structure, of a large Midlands logistics hub.
  • We acted for a group of Middle Eastern Investors in connection with the acquisition and lease back of a government building in the East Midlands.

Who to Contact

Christopher Axford

Head of Corporate

Antony Cotton


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