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David Philips is pragmatic and easy to deal with and is extremely responsive and very practical. He is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. He is simply an exceptional lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable.

Legal 500 2023

David Philips specialises in the purchase of development sites. He advises clients on residential and mixed-use development schemes guiding them along the way to avoid  falling foul of any pitfalls during each transaction.

David is a solicitor in the firm's Real Estate department. 

He advises on all types of commercial property transactions, including the purchasing, structuring and financing of sites, lettings, and sales. His main area of expertise is the purchase of development sites, advising on the development process and then disposal of the finished product.

Clients include public limited development companies and investment companies.

He has acted for a wide variety of clients including Galliard Homes, Ballymore Properties and Heron PLC.

One of his roles is to oversee large-scale sites going down to the plot sales team. He works hard to ensure that title documents, sales contracts and leases are thoroughly drafted and easy to follow, while always giving clients the space to achieve their ambitions. 

Recent work
  • Ballymore Properties and Eco World on their mixed-use development adjoining the new American Embassy, Embassy Gardens regeneration zone.
  • An iconic London mixed-used development on its residential plot sales of this landmark development.
  • The joint venture partners on a new 300,000 sqft mixed-use scheme development in Brighton, at the former Amex HQ.
  • Galliard Homes on the acquisition of a long lease from the Crown Estate of Great Scotland Yard for development as a hotel.
  • Galliard Homes Limited and Acorn Developments on the conversation of 151-157 Tower Bridge Road into a mixed-use development of 69 homes and 137 apart-hotel rooms.
  • A well-known real estate developer on its development of Royal Wharf adjoining London City Airport.

  • Ranked Band 3, Real Estate: £10-£50 million, Chambers UK 2024
  • Ranked Band 3, Media and entertainment (publishing), Chambers UK 2023
  • "David is extremely responsive and very practical. He is also diligent, commercial and very user-friendly." Chambers UK 2023
  • "He thinks strategically, can see the bigger picture for us as a client and understands his legal advice in that context." Chambers UK 2023
  • Listed as a Key Lawyer, Real estate: Commercial property: development, Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "David Philips is pragmatic and easy to deal with and is extremely responsive and very practical... He is simply an exceptional lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable." Legal 500 UK 2023

Did you know
David was a chef in Nice before he realised he couldn't cook for more than one person at a time. He has worked at Howard Kennedy for over 20 years.


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