David Southern

Partner in Business & Corporate and Employment

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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David is a highly experienced lawyer specialising in Corporate & Commercial and Employment. His areas of expertise include:

  • Company share sale and purchase agreements
  • Company start-ups and shareholders agreements
  • Corporate commercial
  • Shareholder agreement
  • Business matters
  • Business sales and acquisitions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Management buyouts and buy-ins
  • Partnerships
  • Company disputes
  • Employment
  • TUPE
  • Intellectual Property

David's Experience

  • David started out as a metallurgist and production manager before converting to law and qualifying as a solicitor 25 years ago.
  • Between 1988 and 1990 he trained with Foysters, subsequently Davies Wallis Foyster in Blackburn and Manchester. In 1990 he moved on to Brabners in Preston as an assistant solicitor.
  • From 1993 to 2001, David was a senior lecturer in law and Lancaster University lecturer in law at the University of Central Lancashire before becoming a Partner at Rawsthorns in Preston and then a Chairman at Marsden Rawsthorns between 1999 and 2010.
  • David was the Managing Director of Dickson Haslam 2010 to 2013 which was acquired by Linder Myers where he remained a partner until joining Excello Law in June 2015.

David lives near Kendal in Cumbria, with his wife and 15 year old daughter. His hobbies and interests include; paragliding – he has flown in most of the world’s greater ranges.

He tests and reviews paragliders for a national magazine. He is a keen skier and hill walker and has climbed all 282 of the Munros i.e. Scotland’s 3000 ft. peaks, all of the 214 Wainwrights (Lakeland fells). David is a Manchester City Supporter.

Institute of Directors committee member of the Cumbria branch
Employment Lawyers Association
Federation of Small Businesses


Committed to finding a practical solution in the client’s best interests