David Lowe > Gowling WLG > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
David Lowe photo

Work Department

Commercial and projects group.


Commercial contracts and outsourcing contracts of all types; particular focus on contractual arrangements in the property, food and drink, pharmaceutical, engineering, retail, aviation and travel sectors. Key clients include: AstraZeneca, ASW/Superdrug, Essar, Eurotunnel, Schroders, Marks & Spencer, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, CBRE, Birds Eye Iglo, Premier Foods, GSK, Citibank, Transport for London, London Legacy Development Corporation, London City Airport, Disney, Reed and Mackay. One of the expert authors of Incoterms 2010. Author of the RICS guide to property management.


Trained Wragge & Co; qualified 1996; seconded to British Airways 1997-98; partner Wragge & Co 2003; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


ICC (UK) International Commercial Practice Committee; Committee of Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association; RICS Property Auction Expert Forum.


Kings School Worcester; Liverpool University (1992 Law 2(1)); College of Law (LSF).


Mountaineering, theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

Gowling WLG’s ‘commercially savvy’ and ‘modern, forward-looking practice’ is ‘continually thinking about how best to meet the client’s requirements’ on large-scale and business-critical commercial agreements. The team has experience in route-to-market issues, supply chain contracts, strategic alliances, outsourcings and procurement arrangements and in handling large national and international projects; in a recent highlight, the team acted for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on all commercial issues relating to the delivery of the games. David Lowe heads up the group, which also fields the ‘pragmatic and commercialSarah Riding and Robert Breedon, who advises public sector and healthcare clients.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Leveraging its strong international footprint, Gowling WLG works with an array of high-profile corporate clients on the full gamut of import and export controls, major regulatory reviews, and customs issues. The practice is steered by Bernardine Adkins, a highly experienced trade defence investigations specialist who divides her time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices. David Lowe, who also heads up the firm’s commercial contracts team, regularly handles international supply chain and procurement matters, ranging from cross-border outsourcing to freight delivery terms. Associate James Stunt is noted for his experience in free trade agreement utilisation and commodity code verification issues.

West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Fielding one of the largest corporate and commercial practices in the region, Gowling WLG consistently handles big-ticket international transactions for a formidable line-up of public and private sector entities. Corporate chair Chris Towle spearheads the firm’s US sales and UK indirect real estate practices, handling cross-border REIT transactions and restructuring for some of the market’s biggest investment managers. Stuart Young heads up both the corporate finance and automotive sector groups, while automotive manufacturing lead Ragi Singh works with a number of electric vehicle companies on a steady flow of acquisitions. Sharon Ayres is highly experienced in investment structures and joint venture agreements, while Amar Adatia heads up the solvent structuring and group reorganisation desk. On the commercial side, David Lowe is reputed for his ‘knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven’ approach to logistics agreements and procurement strategies, most notably in the food and retail arenas. The ‘outstanding’ Sarah Riding is well-versed in all manner of contract arrangements, regularly assisting clients from the worlds of manufacturing, automotive, energy and sport. Principal associate Caroline McNally is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.