Lawrence Stephens

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David Freedman

Real Estate Finance and Commercial Real Estate
Expertise includes:
  • Bridging Finance
  • Commercial Conveyancing
  • Commercial Property Management
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Property Finance
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Secured Lending
Other languages spoken:
Hebrew and French
David Says:
“Every client needs something different from their solicitor, and I take care to adapt to individual needs."

Meet David

I joined Lawrence Stephens as a Partner in September 2019 and contribute over 35 years of legal experience to our Real Estate/Secured Lending team.

Over the years, I have established a proactive, can-do attitude to meeting clients’ objectives and offer a level of service which, given my number of repeat clients, has clearly proven attractive.

I act for a range of leading UK specialist bridging finance lenders, providing extensive advice on property finance, landlord and tenant and commercial conveyancing matters. As well as advising on the acquisition, disposal and letting of commercial property, I have a large number of private property investors to whom I provide all types of commercial property management advice.

My clients are predominantly made up of established lenders in the bridging finance or property lending market and long standing private property investors. These range from clients with large Central London holdings to those with portfolios of shops, offices and industrial units. The variety offers a significant volume of work, but also provides the opportunity to establish close personal relationships with individual underwriters.

At my previous firm, I won the 'Best Legal Bridging Law Firm Partner' at the Bridging and Commercial Awards in 2010; came 'Highly Commended' in that category in the Bridging and Commercial Finance Awards in 2013 and was awarded the UK Bridge Finance Service Provider of the Year in the Finance Awards 2013.  I am also a member of the Association of Short-Term Lenders.

Lawrence Stephens’ cohort of long-suffering Spurs supporters welcomes me with wide open arms, though I also enjoys tennis, cricket and bridge, and am an avid cinema and theatre-goer.  When I'm not working, I involve myself in charity work to provide holiday opportunities to under-privileged children.

Experience highlights 

  • Acted for the sale of a private property investor in relation to the sale of a portfolio of 18 tenanted properties at a price of £5,162,500
  • Acted for the bank in relation to a loan of £1.25m secured by a mixture of first and second charges over 6 freehold and leasehold properties
  • Acted for the executors of an estate in relation to the sale of 2 linked flats in St Johns Wood for £2.65m with enquiries from both buyer’s and lender’s solicitors
  • Currently acting for borrower and lender in relation to 9 separate loans on a mixture of freehold and leasehold residential properties having a total loan value of £1.7m

“I have worked with David for a number of years with respect to various bridging transactions and I cannot speak highly enough of his professional approach to each and every case. His vast knowledge and understanding of our requirements as a lender and the legal aspects of a case is flawless. I am in no doubt that when David is working on a case, it will be completed with efficiency and accuracy. David adopts a collaborative style when working with his lenders and he is always on hand to provide support and guidance. This includes providing his own opinion as to how best to tackle certain scenarios and proactively resolving complex legal matters for a satisfactory outcome for all parties. I would have no hesitation in recommending David and the extremely high levels of service that he delivers.”

Becky Kidby, United Trust Bank Limited