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Commercial Litigation

We provide specialist commercial litigation services in three main areas: commercial and contractual disputes; disputes relating to partnerships, joint ventures, shareholdings, and corporate structures; and professional negligence claims for claimants. We act for individuals, companies, LLPs, and partners involved in business. We have particular experience and knowledge of the commercial property industry; the financial services sector; the care home sector; charities, and schools.

Legal 500 commentary

The firm’s commercial litigation practice is recommended in Legal 500 2019, which notes. “Druces LLP‘s ‘litigators understand clients‘ needs and their advice is always spot-on’.” Furthermore, “department head Julian Johnstone is ‘intuitive, gets straight to the point and has first-class judgment‘; and Charles Spragge  is ‘smart, quick and has great analytical skills‘. The firm merged with London-based  Ronaldsons, adding commercial litigator Neil Hayter to the group.”.

Recent work

  • Advising and representing the UK distributor of a well known manufacturer in connection with a substantial leak of confidential information about its business to a competitor.
  • Acting for an English registered company and its director in Commercial Court proceedings relating to its operations in Indonesia, pursuing claims for unpaid fees and defending a substantial counterclaim from its parent company for breach of directors’ fiduciary duties.
  • Acting as legal representative for the owner of a property business with a substantial professional negligence claim against the company’s former accountants for advice given regarding VAT.
  • We advised in connection with a claim being made against our client by the liquidators of his former consulting company for recovery of alleged director’s loan account and in respect of a potential claim for professional negligence against his former accountants who mis-advised him in respect of his and the company’s personal and corporation tax liabilities.
  • We acted in a complex and difficult High Court litigation involving partners to a property joint-venture and associated companies, achieving our clients’ goals in a settlement before trial.

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