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Working with David was a pleasure due to his ability to get up to speed on our business and technology quickly and apply a deep understanding of the legal issues to find a solution. We really appreciate his responsive and pragmatic approach.
— Dan Mauger, CIO, Demand Logic

David advises on commercial, technology, data protection and environmental law for businesses in the clean energy and cleantech sector. He brings over 20 years’ experience combining expertise as a private practice lawyer within multinational law firms, with commercial acumen developed through roles as in-house lawyer and sustainability director for real estate, infrastructure and technology businesses. He led the sustainability program for GE’s commercial real estate business for many years. David now supports clients on a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters, including commercial contracts, innovation and collaboration agreements, intellectual property and data protection compliance.  Clients range from renewable and low carbon energy project developers, asset managers and suppliers to software and technology companies working on grid flexibility, smart buildings and sustainability solutions.

Recent experience includes:

  • Piclo/Open Utility – Advising on various contracts to develop and commercialise an innovative grid flexibility marketplace to enable DSOs to procure grid flexibility from providers (batteries, DSR, decentralised generation), including platform terms of service and system operator service agreement.  Support on GDPR compliance and data processing agreements.

  • Demand Logic – drafting commercial contracts and data protection provisions for fast growth company that creates actionable intelligence to drive energy efficiency and comfort improvement in buildings through cloud-based building management system data analytics.

  • Better Buildings Partnership – advising on a Collaboration Agreement and IP Licence Agreement between the UK’s BBP and Australian government department responsible for environmental protection on an innovation project that will bring Australia’s world leading energy rating tool for buildings to the UK commercial real estate market.

  • Lee Valley Heat Network – advising on the impacts of GDPR on commercial agreements, data mapping and drafting privacy notices, drafting website terms and conditions for energetik, the heat supply company owned by the London Borough of Enfield.

  • North West Cambridge Development – advising contractual issues, GDPR compliance, data processing agreements and consumer protection laws for a district heating scheme

  • Licensed energy suppliers - Advising new licensed suppliers, such as Green Network Energy and truEnergy, on terms of supply, broker agreements, accessing smart meter data, website terms and conditions, marketing and data protection.

  • AIR - Advising on London energy and air quality policy, in the context of vehicle emissions limits, on-the-road vehicle emissions testing and a transition to lower-zero emission and electric vehicles.

  • GE Capital Real Estate – advising landlord of a large commercial real estate portfolio of office and industrial assets across the UK on income generation and asset value improvement opportunities through largescale roll-out of rooftop PV.  Managed the structuring and procurement in relation to a 5MW warehouse rooftop opportunity, including FIT and grid connection issues.

  • The Crowd – project leadership and legal support on set up of new business the “Curve” which aims to be the Trip Advisor for energy management by providing peer-to-peer shared business case data for renewable generation and energy efficiency projects.

David also chairs the Commercial Real Estate Lender Sustainability Working Group for the Better Buildings Partnership and sits on the Advisory Boards of several clean-tech companies including Fabriq and Demand Logic.

previous work history

Before joining Lux Nova Partners in 2016, David worked for 9 years with CMS Cameron McKenna in the environment and technology teams, before his 9 year in-house career with GE Capital, as environmental counsel and head of environmental risk and then as sustainability director.


  • Solicitor – admitted 1998

  • LLM International & Comparative Law (McGill University, Canada) – 1996

  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction, Chester College of Law) – 1994

  • BA(Hons) Law (2:1, Oxford University) – 1993