De Cruz are a specialist civil and commercial dispute resolution firm of solicitors. We also provide legal advice in both litigious and non-litigious work in a range of areas. Our primary strengths are in litigious work in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the various County Courts in London. We have reciprocal arrangements with other firms of lawyers around the world primarily in the emerging markets of South East Asia namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China.
We value the relationships we build with our clients, and take pride in the service we offer them. The majority of our new clients are recommended by our existing clients. We act for individuals, companies and Trustees. We work closely with our clients to achieve the best outcome for their problems. We are an informal, approachable firm who provide value for money and have great flexibility in pricing our services dependent on the nature of the work carried out and in some cases on the client's resources too, yet at the same time maintaining the highest level of service and expertise one would associate with the larger more established firms in the City of London but without the excessive trimmings.
Our staff speak a variety of foreign languages including Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
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Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in a City firm in 1993, Victor practised as an aeronautical engineer for several years. Upon qualification he was involved in a wide range of commercial litigation work. He advised several major airlines in litigious matters and in aviation related employee disputes. He has advised on the setting up of a new cargo carrier service for the emerging markets. He subsequently set up, together with Zoe Willers, the firm of De Cruz Solicitors. Victor handles a variety of commercial litigation and insurance matters in various jurisdictions. He specialises in commercial dispute resolution including technology, company/shareholder and professional liability disputes. He has considerable experience of mortgage fraud claims, and multi-party litigation. He has advised insurers and reinsurers in multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Zoe trained at a West-end firm and was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. Zoe joined Victor De Cruz in setting up De Cruz Solicitors in 2003. Zoe has a general and wide ranging civil and commercial litigation practice, which includes personal injury and clinical negligence, commercial and contractual disputes, claims in conversion, property litigation including claims in the Adjudicator's office of HM Land Registry, building and engineering disputes, and trespass and nuisance claims.
Zoe also has experience in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing including the sale and purchase of residential freehold and leasehold properties, legal charges and re-mortgages.
Zoe is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Kalai qualified as a solicitor in 1996. He joined De Cruz in November 2006, having previously practised as a Consultant in a practice involving criminal, immigration, family and probate work. He also advises clients on drafting Wills including advising elderly clients, to helping families obtain probate and is frequently instructed by firms abroad to obtain probate for their clients. He also advises on a variety of commercial litigation matters for clients in both the English jurisdiction and abroad.
Kalai also advises clients in all aspects of Immigration law. He has acted for clients facing deportation, control orders, appeals against refusal of student visas, residency visas, spouse visas and/or removal of children abroad on breakdown of marriage and family relationships.
Upon qualifying as a solicitor in a large West End practice in 1991, Annabel specialised in general company commercial work and contentious and non- contentious Construction law. Following a sharp rise in employment related matters she was advising on, Annabel began specialising in all aspects of Employment law. Annabel is now a Consultant with De Cruz specialising in a full range of employment matters acting for both Employers and Employees and advising clients in relation to general company commercial matters.
Colm has been a leading figure in shipping since 1967. He has been a shipbroker and a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1974. He is presently a consultant in the dry cargo market.
Until October 2012, he specialized in dry cargo chartering in all sizes from 10000 to 260,000 dwt. For the past 20 years he was the Chartering manager for a dry cargo fleet responsible for in excess of 50 capesize vessels together with other tonnage of various sizes.
He is a currently a Director of the Baltic Exchange and the Chairman of the Membership Committee dealing with Chartering disputes and resolutions. He is a Consultant to De Cruz on shipping and maritime law.