David Sanson

David handles Real Estate matters, specialising in real estate investment, development and finance with a particular focus on hotels and hospitality (principally hotel management and franchise arrangements) in the UK and elsewhere. David also deals with joint ventures and other structured real estate transactions. He advises a broad range of clients including real estate investment and development companies, hotel owners and operators, asset managers and third party real estate and hospitality advisers and consultants. His transactional experience covers all asset classes and all types of transaction, including direct and indirect acquisitions and disposals, financings and the structuring, development and asset management of mixed-use developments. David worked at Clifford Chance in the City for seven years and was a partner with DLA Piper in Dubai prior to joining Temple Bright in 2014. He is qualified in England and Wales and Scotland.


Relevant experience at Temple Bright includes:

  • Advising a Scottish-based self-storage company on the expansion of its portfolio in England, including direct and indirect property acquisitions and related financing arrangements.
  • Advising a UK property development company on the £19m refinancing of a development project in London E1 forming part of the company’s UK portfolio of boutique, extended stay hotels.
  • Advising a major international bank on the letting of new head office premises in the City of London.
  • Advising the restaurant owner operator on the letting of its flagship restaurant within the redeveloped Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London W6 involving complex turnover rent arrangements.
  • Advising a London-based luxury design and hospitality company on the creation of template hotel management documents and on hotel management agreements and ancillary project documents for new hotel development projects around the world, including licensing and design services arrangements.
  • Advising a London-based property investment and development company on all real estate and general commercial aspects of its UK-wide property portfolio and the roll-out of its boutique, extended stay hotel concept (including its first hotel, in Brentford, England). The client engagement was an acting general counsel role, utilising Temple Bright’s outsourced in-house counsel offering to clients.