David Vaughan

David is a Senior Counsel in the Corporate Team in Birmingham, one of the largest and best known corporate teams outside the City of London known for its deep roots in the region as well as strength in cross-border transactions.

David advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of company law and corporate transactions.

Known for his attention to detail and ability to get under the skin of clients' businesses, David offers a "hands on" approach to delivering complex transactions quickly and within budget whilst minimising the client's risk.

David is "very commercially adept" and "focuses on the key points, delivering practical quality advice appropriate to the circumstances" (Legal 500 2015). He is "astute, pragmatic, clear and a good negotiator" and is known to be "very partnership-focused" and a "team player" (Chambers 2016). He is "calm and relaxed in the way he reacts in hectic times" and "expertly handles reorganisations, sales and acquisitions on behalf of a broad client base" (Chambers 2020).

He was highly commended for Innovation in Mergers and Acquisitions in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report in 2016 and has been named as an Eminent Practitioner in the last five editions of the Chambers Guide. He was also named in Best Lawyers®' exclusive "Lawyers of the Year" list in the most recent edition of the global peer review publication.


David's recent experience includes advising:

  • Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group (comprising the NEC, Genting Arena, Resorts World, the ICC and the Barclaycard Arena) to LDC in a deal which valued NEC Group at £307 million;
  • Coral and Ladbrokes on their sale of 360 licenced betting offices to Betfred and Stan James;
  • Brockton Capital on the sale of retail parks portfolio to Tristan Capital for £245 million;
  • Birmingham City Council on the sale of Innovation Birmingham;
  • Lindsey Goldberg on its acquisition of Coveris Rigid Packaging from Sun European Partners for EUR700 million.
  • Meggitt plc on its sale of Precision Micro to LDC;
  • Midcounties Co-operative on a number of acquisitions and disposals including the sale of Co-operative Energy to Octopus Energy and the sale of its funeral care business to Central England Co-operative Limited.
  • The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on taking Magnox Limited back in house and on various other major restructuring projects.
  • The shareholders of Housing Partners Limited on its sale to MRI Software, LLC.
  • The shareholders of Qunifi Limited on its sale to Destilink BV.