David Chalmers

Partner, Head of Employment
Tel: 01224 845 817
Mobile: 07587 034 699


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David is Head of the employment team and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. 

David’s early career was in litigation carrying out a broad range of criminal and civil work, including defending offshore health and safety and environmental prosecutions and participating in a multi-jurisdictional civil litigation. During this period he was also seconded to the in-house legal department of Shell U.K. Limited.

Over the last 15 years, his primary focus has been on employment law (contentious and non-contentious) and employment related litigation acting for employers involved in a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, construction, distribution and haulage, IT, manufacturing, hotel and leisure, retail, logistics and sport. In addition he has acted for a range of professional practices, including accountants, architects, dentists, doctors, pharmacists and surveyors.

He has regularly acted for a broad range of senior employees in the public and private sector, including CEO, CFO and COOs and professionally qualified individuals joining and leaving organisations and advising on disciplinary action, grievances and/or the making of protected disclosures. 

David also works closely with the corporate team, providing assistance with corporate transactions, TUPE transfers, employment aspects of insolvencies and pre pack administrations. He has experience of pension issues and also advises on data protection issues.  

David is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Employment Law Group, is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialist in Employment Law, certified by the Law Society of Scotland in Data Protection, and is dual-qualified in English and Scots law.