David is an accomplished business lawyer who specialises in real estate transactional and advisory work for local, regional and national clients.

David joined Geldards in 2007, and now heads the commercial property team in the firm’s Nottingham office. He manages the team’s innovative lease renewal group, which provides a dedicated and highly cost effective service for retail sector clients, and which has generated significant cost savings for those clients in recent years.

He also leads Geldards' property finance team in the Midlands, and acts for a number of prominent regional and local developers in relation to site assembly, acquisitions and disposals. He undertakes real estate investment transactions and general landlord and tenant work for both investors and occupiers.

David has practiced in the East Midlands throughout his career, and lives with his wife Julie in rural South Derbyshire. Their son Matthew is a business consultant and lives and works in London. David is a keen (but not especially proficient!) golfer, a former hockey player and an avid football and cricket watcher (and a long-time member of MCC).


"Head of the Nottingham real estate team David Watson has particular expertise handling portfolio sales and acquisitions in the retail sector. He also advises property developers and public sector clients on a range of development work. A client describes him as a "very good pragmatist" who gives "solid legal advice.""
Chambers & Partners Directory 2017 

David Watson is “extremely knowledgeable”  
Real Estate, Chambers & Partners Directory 2013 

David Watson enjoys a strong reputation for his representation of both lenders and borrowers in property finance matters, including acquisitions and disposals.
Banking & Finance, Chambers & Partners Directory 2013 

David Watson focuses upon property finance and is praised by sources for his skills as a co-ordinator: "He kept everyone up to date and aware of their responsibilities to ensure the completion deadlines were achieved."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2012

"Property finance expert David Watson also attracts praise for his approach. One opponent says of him: "We were working on a difficult deal and he worked well for the benefit of both clients."
Real Estate, Chambers & Partners Directory 2012