David is the Chairman of Vannin Capital.
Winning the first of three successive leadership elections at the 'Magic Circle' firm Allen & Overy LLP in 2003, David was the firm's Managing Partner until 2008, and then served as Global Senior Partner until 2016. During his leadership tenure, the firm’s revenues doubled from £652m in 2004 to £1.31bn in 2016, resulting in profit growth of 175% over that period. He retired from Allen & Overy LLP at expiry of the mandatory two term limit as Senior Partner in 2016, after 36 years with the firm.
Among his many accolades, David has been recognised with Special Achievement Awards by The Law Society and the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers, as well as awards by The American Lawyer, The Times and Legal Week.
In 2011, he founded and served as the first Chairman of PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience. Since 2016, David has built a successful leadership and consulting business. He also serves as Chairman for private equity fund Elaghmore, Chairman of Allen & Overy's newly established leadership centre and as Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, University of London. David is also a Meyler Campbell trained business coach.
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