David Patient

David Patient

  • Managing Partner

David has been the Managing Partner of Travers Smith since January 2015, and has been a member of the firm’s Partnership Board since 2010. David trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in the Corporate Group in 1999. He established Travers Smith's Paris office in 1999 and spent several years splitting his time between London and Paris. 

David has a broad corporate practice, specialising in UK and international M&A. He advises public and private companies on the full spectrum of corporate matters including mergers, acquisitions, disposals, investments, corporate joint ventures and general advisory work. 

International expertise and industry recognition

David is a member of the International Issues Committee of the Law Society, as well as the IBA Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board. He is also an active member of Travers Smith's International Board, which he chaired for many years before becoming Managing Partner. The International Board coordinates the firm´s close relationships with leading independent law firms around the world.

Diversity and inclusion

David is a member of the 30% Club, which strives for gender balance on boards and in senior management positions.