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          David Summerhayes

          Senior Associate

          David acts for national and multinational businesses, including FTSE 100 businesses as well as education institutions and fast-growth SMEs, providing strategic, and very often, urgent advice to many household names.

          David is a commercial litigator and dispute specialist, providing creative and practical advice on legal disputes, in particular those involving:

          • Defamation and Privacy
          • Breach of contract 
          • Wills and Probate
          • Trusts
          • Negligence
          • Companies
          • Partnerships
          • Fraud
          • Procurement

          David acts in complex and high value claims, including pensions disputes, probate and trusts litigation and fraud actions, as well as injunctive proceedings relating to breach of duty, database rights and confidentiality. 

          He is recognised Chambers and Partners as an associate to watch and described by clients as "impressive", "approachable" and "knowledgeable".  

          Described in the Legal 500 as 'relentless' in pursuit of his clients' aims, David aims for speedy resolution of disputes, often through negotiation, mediation or expert determination. 

          His work and clients are national but he typically works for businesses in the north, north-east and Newcastle. Much of his work is in the food, retail, education and healthcare sectors.

          David is recognised by the Legal 500 for his privacy and defamation practice and has specific expertise in the law surrounding reputation. This covers advice on malicious falsehood, harassment, breach of confidence and privacy in the media, both in printed publications and on social media, for example Facebook, blogging, Twitter and YouTube.

          David is a member of DWF's Corporate Responsibility Group which helps to organise charity fundraising and volunteering contributions in the local community.