David joined Cobbetts LLP in 1992 after spending 5 years with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc as an Assistant Manager. The early part of his career involved general commercial, finance and property litigation but in 2002 he moved over to Leeds to establish an insolvency team. Since that point and following his move to Turner Parkinson LLP in 2007, he has practised mainstream insolvency, both non-contentious transactional work aswell as bringing and defending all forms of contentious actions in personal and corporate insolvency cases.
David has established strong personal relationships with intermediaries and insolvency practitioners over 20 years. David provides pragmatic and commercial advice to business owners, company directors, insolvency practitioners, lenders, creditors and potential purchasers on the array of challenging and complex issues involved when businesses face financial difficulties, in order to provide a practical outcome and solution.
In addition, he advises and assists insolvency practitioners in exercising their statutory duties, specifically investigating and challenging antecedent transactions to identify claims and to realise assets for the benefit of creditors. David also acts for directors and individuals who are confronted with litigation or disqualification following a company failure, or with personal insolvency. David has extensive experience of alternative ways of dispute resolution including mediation and informal negotiation.
David is well-known in the creditor services industry, acting as the “go to” partner for debt recovery & litigation enquiries, delivering support and guidance on all insolvency issues and being the key contact for clients for proxies, proofs of debt and meetings etc. David has also implemented debt recovery systems and delivered external & internal training.
David is a panel member for the Solicitors Assistance Scheme.
Clients say "David has a depth of knowledge on insolvency law that you would expect from a leader in his field, but he marries that keen eye for detail, with proper commercial nous. My team like working with him because he gives clear advice, and is always happy to give them his thoughts on a matter even if the query doesn’t lead to a formal instruction. A good guy to have in your corner."
"David is a very experienced litigator who not only demonstrates excellent technical knowledge of this complicated area of insolvency but offers commercial acumen far superior to his peers in the profession".
"David is always a pleasure to work with, technically strong and a great lawyer to have in your corner".
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