David Southern

Specialist in Business & Corporate Commercial Contracts and Employment

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

A quote to sum up his approach to work; “committed to finding a practical solution in the client’s best interests”


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.




Manchester Grammar School, University of Central Lancashire LLB 2:1

External Roles

Institute of Directors committee member of the Cumbria branch

Employment Lawyers Association

Federation of Small Businesses


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.

Contact Details David Southern
  • Email [email protected]
  • Office 0845 257 9449
  • Mobile 07796 790225
  • Skype
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