David Hayward Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1978 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Areas of expertise:

David Hayward

David Hayward helps clients understand the fundamentals of property transactions. He combines long experience as a property lawyer with an ability to identify and outline concisely the essential commercial principles.

David's specialist knowledge and wider experience of property law allow him to offer clear and straightforward advice.

David's expertise covers short-holds and long leaseholds and the transfer of protected rent deposits. He's also highly skilled in purchase agreements and the conduct of vendor due diligence.


Institutional investors, leisure operators, lenders and insolvency practitioners.


Acting for administrators in the sale of two residential blocks in Nottingham. David liaised with the managing agents to record and distil information on multiple short-hold and long leasehold occupiers and the transfer of protected rent deposits.

Advising an investor in student accommodation acquiring a half-developed site in two phases. Phase one involved the purchase of the SPV that owned part of the site following practical completion. The second phase put in place a conditional forward purchase agreement.

Liaising with corporate recovery colleagues to prepare security reviews on behalf of a lender client for a large portfolio of properties in various stages of development. David's advice led to the appointment of receivers and administrators and eventual disposals.

Advising a major leisure client working through its contingent liability following the collapse of the Laurel and First Quench groups.

Acting first for administrators appointed over an amusement arcade business on the immediate disposal of a large proportion of the business assets. And then acting for LPA receivers appointed by a leading building society as secured lender in the management, letting and eventual sale of 67 of the remaining properties.

Preparing vendor due diligence and title certification for the disposal of 21 private hospitals.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      May 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, associate
    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 1990

    • Career
      Lawrence Graham, partner
  • 1987

    • Career
      Lawrence Graham, associate
  • 1982

    • Career
      Wilde Sapte, associate
  • 1978

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wilkinson & Durham, associate
  • 1976

    • Career
      Wilkinson & Durham, articled clerk
  • 1970

    • Education
      Selwyn College, Cambridge, BA (Hons) History