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David Innes is of counsel in the firm’s London office. His practice has covered a full range of UK and cross-border private equity and M&A transactional work.

Mr. Innes has represented clients in some of the most prominent transactions in recent years. He has been singled out for his “approachable, professional and appropriately pragmatic” approach and is ranked as a leading individual for Private Equity: Buyouts in Chambers UK (2021), with the guide previously noting him as “a voice of reason” in M&A transactions. He is also noted for his experience in Private Equity Transactions in The Legal 500 UK (2024). Previous editions of the guide have described him as a “highly experienced” lawyer who combines “responsiveness, technical strengths and strong commercial sense.” He has also been described as “very able,” a “good technical lawyer,” “a good executer of deals” and “client friendly and flexible.” He is also recommended for Private Equity by IFLR1000 (2022).

Mr. Innes has written articles for a wide range of publications, contributes a chapter to Tolley’s Company Law, and regularly speaks at conferences on company law issues. Recent publications include co-authoring “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses Contingency Planning For Brexit,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (December, 2017); and “US and UK share purchase agreements: comparing approaches,” PLC Magazine (January, 2015).

Recent speaking engagements include “Warranties and Indemnities,” BVCA Legal Agreements in Private Equity (February, 2021); “Warranties and Indemnities,” BVCA Training: Legal Agreements in Private Equity (September, 2020); “Warranties & Indemnities,” BVCA Legal Agreements Course (February, 2020); “The Legal Responsibilities of Non-executive Directors,” BVCA Ned Programme (October, 2017); “Warranties and Indemnities,” BVCA Training: Legal Agreements in Private Equity (February, 2017); and “New Investment Opportunities in EU Bank Assets Arising from an Evolving Regulatory Landscape,” BVCA Summit – Breakfast Roundtable (October, 2016).

Mr. Innes received his B.A. and M.A. in Law from Trinity College, Oxford.


  • University of Oxford, 1986, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales