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David is a Partner in the Firm's Real Estate & Infrastructure Division with more than 20 years' experience having worked in some of Scotland's largest law firms.

He has a diverse client base, ranging from institutions and REITs to private property companies and high net worth overseas investors.  Each of them has their own needs and drivers, and David provides concise, hands on, practical advice which is tailored to their specific needs.

Commercial Real Estate expertise

David has experience working on high end investment deals, complex development projects and in niche areas such as purpose built student accommodation and build-to-rent development.  His management of complicated transactions is second to none.

He is ranked in Chambers & Partners legal directory.

Recent highlights include:

  • Acting for a developer in the site assembly, pre-let to a PLC tenant, and forward funded sale of a large regional office HQ scheme.
  • Acting for a specialist build-to-rent developer in the development of over 500 residential units on an iconic site, with a completed development value well in excess of £100m.
  • Acting for a private property company in the acquisition of a portfolio of over 40 properties, against a challenging Budget-driven deadline.
  • Acting for an institutional property fund in the sale of a multi-let office building for +£35m.

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