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David is praised by clients for his commercial approach, speed of delivery and use of plain English.
He is a solicitor with some 30 years’ experience of doing deals and of drafting and advising on business contracts.
David has headed up teams that have completed trade sales and acquisitions, management buyouts and group restructurings. Clients have included US corporations, UK companies and owner managers.
He specialises in drafting and advising on the contracts on which businesses do their business. He brings a wealth of experience to this work and is praised by clients for his ability to see the bigger picture – how it fits into their business strategy and operations as a whole – when reviewing a draft contract.
He has a particular interest in IT and online business advising frequently on ecommerce and data protection – he is a member of our GDPR advisory team.
David graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree in law. He joined the firm in 2001 having previously been Head of the Commercial Department in the East of England region of Eversheds.
He served for six years as a non-executive director of a major construction group; this has developed his ability to see things from the client’s point of view and enhanced his business-like approach.
David is also a Notary Public and able to assist with your requirements for the services of a Notary, including obtaining the Apostille on documents where necessary. Find out more at: www.notarypublicpeterborough.co.uk
David’s main interests are sport, sport and sport. A passionate Norwich City fan and season ticket holder.
What others say about David
David has received great reviews in the independently researched and highly regarded annual ‘Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers & Partners. He is listed in the Legal 500 ‘Hall of Fame’. Here are some extracts from across the years:
“an excellent and experienced lawyer who offers the rare combination of very commercially-minded advice with a large degree of gravitas.” (The Legal 500)
“David Woods is an outstanding partner. He understands our business, provides relevant advice first time around and in what is an extremely efficient time line. It is rare that I would recommend a lawyer but he is the exception!” (The Legal 500)
“David Woods is very accomplished and skilled and appears to understand the client’s business very well.” (The Legal 500)
David Woods is the one we use for commercial contracts. He is a very fast thinker and very thorough and I can always rely on him for fast action. He does not try to over-complicate matters to draw them out to earn higher fees. To the contrary, he is excellent at simplification but not at the expense of putting the Agreements at risk.’ (The Legal 500)
“extremely professional and very personable.” (Chambers & Partners)
“very thorough, sensible, always upfront, and he seems to always be available.” (Chambers & Partners)
“he has a ‘good pragmatic approach’ and a ‘calm, considered manner that puts clients at ease.’” (Chambers & Partners)
David is listed in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Corporate Finance Law.Back to People →