David Mallinson

Consultant | London

David is a consultant in the hotels team.

David has the rare attribute of having experience both as in house counsel as well as in private practice and uses this in advising clients in the UK and across the globe on transactions in the hotels and hospitality sector. He specialises in hotel management agreements, branded residences arrangements, structuring of serviced apartments projects with optional and mandatory rental pool, master franchises and manchises and hospitality-focused joint ventures.

He has deep relationships in the hospitality sector and is recognised as a leading lawyer operating in the industry having spent the last 18 years advising hotel owners and hotel operators across EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas including over 100 management and other hotel projects involving over 30 brands.

David has been based in the London office since moving from Hong Kong in September 2018. Prior to joining Withers in Hong Kong in 2016, he was a partner in the hotels team at another leading international law firm. Before that he was an in house counsel with Le Meridien and Starwood Hotels and Resorts and at World Sport Group.

Secretary Janet Brookbanks

Track record



Hyatt Place – acting for Owner on conversion of a Hyatt Place from management agreement with Hyatt to franchise with Hyatt and management agreement with Aimbridge

Park Hyatt – acting for Owner in negotiation of management agreement in gateway CBD in Europe

Andaz – acting for owner on management agreement for new Andaz in CBD in Asia

England and Wales, 1993

Hong Kong SAR, 1995

Law Society of Hong Kong



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