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David is a partner in the firm's Commercial Real Estate division who acts for a variety of institutional investors, private property companies, developers and high street retailers.

He acts for a broad range of property investors and developers, from institutional funds to private property companies. 

He has particular experience in trading and managing large, multi-let assets, having bought, managed and sold more than 30 shopping centres during his career, often against tight deadlines.

David is a straight to the point commercial adviser who works with his clients to find pragmatic solutions to legal issues.  He is an experienced operator who understands the pressures that institutional fund managers work under and seeks to manage transactions and tailor advice to alleviate those pressures.

Commercial Real Estate expertise

David is experienced in working with both institutional fund managers and propcos on the landlord / investment / development side as well as plc occupiers, where he is part of the team that provides real estate advice to one of the "big four" UK supermarkets. David has experience working with two of the biggest law firms in Scotland and brings that experience to bear with a boutique "hands on" commercial focussed style.  

David is dual qualified to practice in Scotland and England/Wales, which allows him to use this experience to offer strategic advice and to find practical, commercial solutions that promote his clients' business goals across the border. He can help clients to anticipate and navigate legal pitfalls, saving them time and allowing them to operate more effectively

What our clients and peers say: 

"… efficient, knowledgeable and commercially astute" 

Legal 500

"[David leads] with calmness and clarity, concentrating on the commercial outcomes and offering well thought out solutions" 

Richard Bains
European Director, Rockspring PIM

"One of the best commercial lawyers we have encountered in Scotland" 

Brian Robinson
Development Director, Crucible Alba Group

David Stewart "provides great client service and sound advice," say clients. Another impressed client adds: "David has a great eye for detail and is our first choice for complex conveyancing matters."

- Chambers and Partners 2019

Sources praise David Stewart as "hugely experienced" and say: "He has a commercial head on him rather than just a good legal brain." He has a growing reputation for his real estate practice, which encompasses major investment deals and development projects, particularly in the hotel and retail sectors.

Chambers and Partners 2020
Chamber 2020

Recent Content by David Stewart

25 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill - changes for the student accommodation sector

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. It complements and supplements the Coronavirus Act 2020 passed by...
Jonathan Seddon, Sandra Hunter, David Stewart
29 Apr 2020

Coronavirus & Commercial Lease Rent Suspension

I have been asked by several commercial landlords whether the standard "rent cessor" clauses in commercial leases mean that tenants will be entitled...
David Stewart
24 Apr 2020

Registers of Scotland: Re-opening

The Registers of Scotland has announced that it is close to completing the beta-testing of its system to accept the submission of new deeds to the...
David Stewart