David Watson > Geldards LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Geldards LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property


David leads the Nottingham property team and has extensive experience in a broad range of property transactional work. He acts for numerous regional commercial and residential property developers in relation to site assembly, development and disposal, and has been involved in a number of regionally important development projects.

David manages the team’s lease renewal group, a multi-disciplinary team which provides a dedicated and highly cost-effective service, and which has generated significant cost savings for clients in recent years. Those clients include Boots UK Limited and associated companies (which have a portfolio of 3,000 plus properties) and the Eurocell group of companies.

David also advises a number of local and regional investors in relation to portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and other portfolio management transactions.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby

(Leading individuals)

David WatsonGeldards LLP

As one of the few firms with offices in Nottingham and Derby, Geldards LLP has a strong presence in the local market and is often instructed to advise on complex and significant development and regeneration projects in the two cities. The group has close relationships with a number of local authorities, and in 2020 Tiffany Cloynes assisted both Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council on key projects. Cloynes leads the public sector team, while ‘excellent communicator‘ Heather Dixon focuses on commercial and residential development, alongside Nottingham property head David Watson and Derby head Graham Banks. In addition, the practice is highly regarded for its work with network utilities companies; Jamie Gordon leads the team, which provides property services to electricity distributors and gas transporters.

East Midlands > Finance > Banking and finance

Geldards LLP houses an extensive range of expertise within its banking team and is able to advise lender banks as well as borrower companies and individuals on refinancings, real estate finance work and management buy outs, particularly in the health and franchising sectors. Public sector financing work is one of the firm’s niche areas of knowledge; the team, led by Jenny Chatten and David Watson, work with key local clients including Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire Country Council on transactions of significant importance to the development of the local area.