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Julian Johnstone

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Partner
j.johnstone@druces.com
Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7216 5502
Mobile phone: +44 (0)7725 683028

Julian is a Partner in Druces’ Property Litigation and Commercial Litigation teams. He specialises in resolving clients’ disputes in a cost effective and commercial manner, through negotiation, mediation, adjudication, arbitration and Court proceedings. He focuses in particular on partnership, shareholder, company and LLP disputes, arbitrations,  and property and landlord and tenant disputes.

Julian is also a member of the Druces Executive Committee which manages the firm’s direction and vision for the future.

Julian graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1989. He was called to the bar (Grays’ Inn) in 1993 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in March 1996. He is a Solicitor-Advocate, a member of the Property Litigation Association; the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association.  He is also CEDR qualified mediator. Julian joined Druces LLP on 16 November 2009.

Legal 500

In Legal 500, 2020, Julian is recommended for his work on Commercial Litigation and is recognised as ‘a bright, lateral-thinking litigator, who is sensible, robust and realistic‘. Julian heads the Real Estate Litigation team, known for handling the full remit of commercial and high-value residential property matters, willing to ‘fight tooth and nail to secure the best outcome for the client‘. Julian is renowned for his ‘deep technical knowledge, which, combined with his vast experience produces advice, which is both clever and pragmatic’.

In Legal 500, 2019 Julian is recognised for his contribution to property litigation matters and is praised for his ‘first rate analytical mind’, his ‘broad skill set’ and his ‘practical and commercial advice’. Julian leads Druces’ property litigation team which is referred to as a ‘good, strong player in the market’ and offers a ‘forensic and insightful approach to any given dispute’. Julian is also regarded for his intuition and ‘first class judgment’.

The Legal 500, 2017 regarded Julian’s ‘cool head for litigation’ and his ability ‘to think laterally with a reassuring style and realistic merit assessment’ on property litigation.

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