David Southern

Partner in Business & Corporate and Employment

Specialist in Business & Corporate, Commercial Contracts, Employment and Intellectual Property

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 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.