David is a partner in the corporate and commercial team and advises clients across a range of sectors, including real estate, financial services and professional services.

David advises on a variety of corporate and commercial legal matters, with a particular focus on the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, company law and governance issues, and lending and security.

Clients value David’s ability to marry a flexible and commercial approach with genuine technical expertise. He often comments in the legal and general press on business issues and has also acted as an expert witness on partnership law at a Crown Court trial.

In addition to working with clients on matters with a corporate focus that fall within the usual remit of a corporate and commercial lawyer, David has expertise in other areas, often collaborating with colleagues from different service areas to provide a seamless service to clients. Particular examples include:

  • integrating corporate advice on shareholders’ agreements and ownership issues to entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses with wider concerns around personal succession planning, including in the context of implementing arrangements such as Family Investment Companies
  • corporate and commercial advice to real estate clients on matters such as property SPV (special purpose vehicle) sales and purchases, real estate finance, and investment or development joint ventures
  • advising on the structure and implementation of solutions to disputes between business owners
  • advising clients in the professional services sector, including assisting barristers with constitutional and indemnity arrangements, and structures for acquiring Chambers’ premises

David joined Russell-Cooke in 2006 after working for a leading City firm for 5 years, and became a partner in 2012.

  • Advising on the sale of a property development SPV and the subsequent termination of the sellers’ joint venture arrangements
  • Acting on the exit of a group of founder shareholders from a regulated financial services business, both in relation to the sale of their shareholding and relations between them
  • Dealing with the international banking and finance aspects of the acquisition of the Travelsphere and Just4You brands which was a transaction involving over 200 employees as well as other brands and assets
  • Advising the sellers on the sale of 100% of the issued share capital of BiGDUG Limited to a a subsidiary of TAAKT AG, a listed German acquirer
  • Acting for an investor in relation to the provision of both debt and equity financing to several real estate development joint ventures
  • Advising on a contested general meeting for an AIM listed plc involving resolutions to remove and replace the incumbent Board
  • Dealing with the sale of a property joint venture company as part of the settlement of a contentious dispute, and the subsequent distribution of the proceeds amongst a large group of stakeholders
  • Acting on the acquisition of a group of property investment companies which own 99 Kensington High Street, home of the Kensington Roof Gardens
  • Advising borrowers, particularly those engaged in property development or investment, in debt financing or refinancing on facilities with a range of values, including in excess of £100 million
  • Dealing with the introduction of an employee share scheme and related amendments to governance arrangements for a large consultancy practice
  • Advising the founders on the sale of a majority stake in a unique event organisation business in the oil and gas centre to a multinational acquirer
  • Dealing with the multi-million pound exit of a founder from a regulated financial services business
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 (2017)
  • Obtained a First in law from the University of Bristol
  • Postgraduate degree (with Distinction) in European Union law from the University of Nottingham and Maastricht University in the Netherlands
  • LPC (with Distinction) from the University of the West of England
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2003