David Daws

Contact details

07850 056881

020 7814 6871

David Daws has particular expertise in financing and leasing deals relating to helicopters.

The Legal 500 UK, 2014

David specialises in the finance of aircraft and is one of the firm’s representatives in the L2B international aviation group.

Main areas of practice

With extensive experience in UK and international tax based and non-tax based leasing as well as off balance sheet operating leases and hybrid structures involving asset support, David also has experience with multi-jurisdictional structures, involving overseas tax havens and has established captive groups and purpose trust structures incorporating third party equity.


He currently acts for the world’s leading global operating lessor and operator of commercial helicopters, with particular emphasis on the oil and gas sector, but is also undertaking police, emergency medical support, search and rescue work as well as other PFI work.

Significant experience

David established master finance facilities for multiple commercial aircraft including facilities utilising export credit support or finance.

Other expertise

Company law: Another major area of David’s work is employee buyout transactions and employee share ownership. He deals with employee trusts, share schemes and all kinds of ancillary advice in relation to the constitution of the new company.

Contracting out: He has extensive experience of contracting out of services from public bodies, having worked on the privatisation of coal mines, transport companies, government computer contractors and local authority ancillary services as well as numerous private company buy-outs.



David qualified in November 1981. He was a tax partner in the firm of Richards Butler (as it then was) for six years, after which he was a director in the boutique asset finance arranger, Sheldon & Sach Limited. After that David ran his own independent law firm for 10 years, prior to joining Blake Morgan in 2011.
Contact details

07850 056881

020 7814 6871

  • City of London Solicitors Company
  • Aviation Club


David Daws has ‘extensive experience and knowledge’ in aircraft financing issues specific to helicopters.

The Legal 500 UK, 2013
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