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David Paxton


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David is a specialist real estate development lawyer who heads up our Real Estate team in London. He advises investors and developers on the full spectrum of development and investment deals and projects.

About David

David advises a wide range of developers and investors and has a particular focus on mixed use-residential (including build to rent), infrastructure, hotels and leisure, retirement living and student accommodation. He also advises investors, propcos and corporate occupiers on real estate acquisition, financing, joint ventures, asset optimisation, lettings and sales.

David has broad sector experience having worked for a major international real estate developer as well as for a top international real estate law firm. He has advised FTSE 100 companies, major international developers, national house builders, pension funds, HM Government, real estate investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, royal families, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and overseas investors. The nature of these transactions often require him leading and co-ordinating a cross-departmental team providing advice on associated planning, construction, tax, finance and corporate issues.

Work highlights

Over the last few years, David has advised Chelsea Football club, Aviva Investors, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt, Berkeley Homes, Pinnacle Regeneration, HS2 and the Secretary of State for the Department for Transport together with a wide range of SME investors and developers on complex development and investment projects in London and the rest of the UK. He has also advised overseas family offices and private equity funds acquiring and developing super prime London real estate.

Outside of work

David is an officer in the British Army (Reserves) having trained and commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In his spare time he enjoys travel, playing tennis and golf.


  • Investment Property Forum
  • Association of Real Estate Funds

The best part of my role is advising a diverse range of clients on the full life cycle of a project or transaction and helping them succeed.

2021 is likely to offer unprecedented opportunity in the UK real estate market and I am looking forward to helping my clients make the most of this.

David Paxton

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