David’s focus is on the social economy, spanning how the state can improve procurement of services for the public good; how investors can achieve social as well as financial returns from their investments; and how civil society organisations (whether charities or social enterprises, co-operatives or other forms of social business) can prosper. This is particularly, though not exclusively, in respect of the south west, where David is active in the vibrant social change sector.

Examples of recent work

  • Social impact bonds – including Fair Chance Fund, Youth Engagement Fund, children on the edge of care and educational improvement
  • Advice to public sector employees looking to create independent social enterprises, including health, local authority and probation services
  • Advice to community groups creating co-operatives and community benefit societies, including community energy companies
  • Advice to civil society organisations providing public services, including payment results contracting
  • Mergers and acquisitions of civil society businesses
  • Advice on international licensing and distribution agreements
  • Incorporation of charities, community interest companies and industrial and provident societies
  • Funding and refinancing of civil society organisations
  • Public procurement advice to public sector bodies wanting to strengthen local economies
  • Advice to education providers on disposal of assets

Qualifications and career

  • Oriel College, Oxford University, 1984-7
  • College of Law, Chancery Lane, 1989-91
  • Articled clerk and assistant solicitor at Freshfields, 1992- 95
  • Associate and assistant solicitor at Bevan Ashford, 1995-2001
  • Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP (formerly Bevan Ashford), 2001-11
  • MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility 2010-12
  • Consultant at Bates Wells Braithwaite from 2011

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Chair of The Community Farm, a community supported agriculture project in Somerset
  • Director of Bristol Pound CIC
  • Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC
  • Co-optee, Sustainable Future Programme, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Former Trustee of the Ethical Property Foundation
  • Former Trustee of Self Help Community Housing Association
  • Recent Pro bono advice to NEF, Action for Happiness, Foundation for Compassion and Wisdom, Real Farming Trust,
  • Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility at Bevan Brittan, 2008-2010
  • Member of Diversity Committee at Bevan Brittan, 2007-2010
  • Leader of pro bono legal advice service at Tower Hamlets Law Centre, 1993-1994