David is an Old Wellingtonian (Picton), having attended the college from 1979-1984.
He holds a BA (History) from Bristol University, UK, and studied law at The College of Law, Guildford. He was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 1993 before moving to Hong Kong where he qualified in 1995.
David has the rare attribute of having experience as in house counsel and also in private practice and uses this in advising clients across Asia Pacific on transactions in the Hotels and Hospitality and Sports sectors.
Prior to joining Withers in August 2016, David was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong which he joined in 2006. Before that David was in house counsel with Le Meridien and Starwood Hotels and Resorts (2003-2006) and at World Sport Group (1996-2003).
David has built deep, and well respected, relationships in the hospitality and sports sectors and is recognised as a leading lawyer operating in these industries across Asia Pacific. He works closely with regional team leader Robert Williams and his team based out of Sydney and Singapore and regularly speaks at industry conferences in Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.
In his spare time, David enjoys a variety of different sports. He is the current Hong Kong Masters 45+ Squash Champion and with regard to cricket, he captained the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Bristol University teams and was a member of the MCC (London). He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing tennis. He is also actively involved in coaching and refereeing junior rugby.