Napthens Solicitors Employee David Bailey

David Bailey

Role: Partner, Head of Litigation
Dept: Commercial Property Litigation
Locations: Preston, Liverpool
Direct Dial: 01772 904385
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David is a highly experienced commercial property litigator, based at our Preston office.  He heads up Napthens' litigation department and with more than 20 years’ commercial litigation experience, acts for a number of commercial landlords, property portfolio managers and managing agents, advising on a broad range of property disputes.

David always strives to achieve the best possible result for his clients, whether by negotiations or Court proceedings.  He is recommended by legal industry guide 'The Legal 500' as 'knowledgeable, competent and tenacious.'


David provides specialist advice on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including rent arrears, forfeiture and eviction, 1954 Act renewals, break notices and disrepair/dilapidations. He advises on issues surrounding assignments and subletting, alterations, change of use, distraint and possession.

David also provides advice on various day-to-day-property and land disputes, including disputes over agreements concerning land, rights of way, restrictive covenants and trespass.

Recent client feedback for David includes:

"David gives great legal advice, delivered in plain English, with a strong commercial focus. Totally committed to achieving the best value outcome for the business"

"As always in the past, David has been faultless. I can't see anything more that I can add. It's almost enjoyable being involved in legal disputes."

"We approached David Bailey at Napthens to assist us with a complex property dispute we had with our large company landlord concerning the end of our 15 year business lease. After being put under considerable pressure by the landlord, who insisted their position was 100% accurate & correct, David’s specialist knowledge allowed us prove otherwise & turn the tables. After taking 2 further specialist opinions, the Landlord conceded David was correct. We ended our lease at the correct time and on good terms. We would highly recommend Napthens for any complex disputes"


David joined Napthens in 2013 from Taylors Solicitors. He attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar before going on to study law at Sheffield University.

More about David Bailey

Name your favourite film:
The Deerhunter or The Outlaw Josey Wales

Who would be your ultimate 3 dinner guests?
David Attenborough, Bill Hicks, Henry Rollins.

How do you like to relax out of work?
Cycling, climbing, mountain hiking, gym (i.e. relaxing the brain but not the body)

And what would go in your Room 101?
British weather!