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David Johnston

An expert in property investment and development, David Johnston steps in to guide clients through every type of real estate transaction.

Acting for property investors and developers, David helps clients on a broad range of transactions, including sales, purchases, lettings, refinancing, development, development funding and asset management advisory services. 

David has also been heavily involved in advising the real estate sector on the impact of the changing climate, both physical and political, and on private and public sustainable initiatives. In particular, he has been advising on green development and leasing and the effects of the changing regulatory climate on the institutional real estate sector.

David is a former member of the Policy Committee of the UK Green Building Council and is on the advisory board overseeing the CEM/BCSC Shopping Centre Management Diploma.

Directory quotes

"Recommended" - The Legal 500 UK, 2016 edition 

‘a standout performer' - The Legal 500, 2014 edition


British Council of Shopping Centres

UK Green Building Council

Relevant work

Zeno Capital- acting on various London transactions including the sale of the Fire Brigade Headquarters on Union Street for £90m and the acquisition of investment assets on Park Street in Mayfair

riffin UK Logistics Fund- advising on the £350m to acquire industrial and logistics assets, and the acquisition of assets by that fund

Sports Direct - advising Sports Direct on the portfolio acquisition of LA Fitness health and fitness clubs.

Acting on the acquisition and funding of various investment assets for JT Ross, Melford Capital and a number of overseas investors opposite both traditional and alternative sources of funding

Minerva/Delancey - Acting for the developer on a large London redevelopment proposal through site assembly, a successful CPO enquiry and subsequent asset management