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COVID-19: Virtually Open
Despite the unexpected circumstances imposed on us all our continued investment into technology and security means that team CDS are all working remotely and efficiently, accessing our IT infrastructure so we have access to files and each other and remain ready to provide our full range of legal services and support to our clients associates and partners.
Coronavirus: How to keep in touch
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Partner led by high calibre experienced lawyers, we operate on a strong set of core values from our Mayfair offices. We value and foster long term client relationships by our inclusive and entrepreneurial approach. We actively cultivate a proactive approach providing pragmatic, relevant and commercial solutions.

Our Approach

We aim to deliver solutions, not problems, placing a high value on integrity and commerciality.

Charles Douglas

Managing Partner


  • Sample Transactions – Property

  • Acquisition of West End Hotel in excess of £20 million via dual off shore jurisdictions.

  • Sale of high value apartment for US bank via five jurisdictions within 3 days.

  • Defending offshore trust assets from world wide freezing order.

  • International

  • Advising on formation of private wealth manager in Gulf State.

  • Advising offshore trusts on changes to French tax law and reporting.

  • Advising on UK elements of North American mining operation.

  • Documenting multi billion dollar investment in oil + gas sector.

  • Commercial

  • Documenting international collaboration between two bespoke jewellery designers.

  • Negotiating and agreeing purchase of UK hotel group for offshore group.

  • Advising government body on restructuring inherited commercial hotel arrangements.

  • Sports

  • Advising Chilean International football player on the terms of a representation contract with an Intermediary/agent.

  • Defending an English Football League (EFL) club in a Player Related Disputes Commission arbitration about the registration and scholarship offer to an academy player, and the entitlement of compensation to the football club.

  • Advising employee of an EFL club concerning a potential claim for disability discrimination.


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