David Lister

Partner, Head of Family Law

David is a Partner, a Solicitor and the Head of Family Law and Divorce at Simpson Millar. He supports our growing team of Family Solicitors operating out of offices in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Lancaster.

He has practised exclusively in Family Law for over a decade and before joining Simpson Millar, he worked in a senior role for the UK's largest full service law firm, ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and Band 1 in the UK Chambers & Partners directory.

David is committed to adopting a constructive approach in all cases, but possesses the necessary skill and tenacity to fight someone’s corner if necessary. He is passionate about achieving the best results for all of his clients, which is why almost all of his work comes to him directly through personal and professional recommendations.

David was shortlisted for a National Family Law Award at the 2015 Jordan's UK Family Law Awards and later went on to win the coveted National Family Law Solicitor of the Year Award at the same event in 2017, after being nominated by his peers in the Family Law community, including members of the Family Law Bar and partners from rival firms, who respect his approach.

David owns his own successful family-run business, which was established over 30 years ago. This means that he has a very clear understanding of commercial issues and what really matters to business owners, which is key when approaching complex financial cases.

Professional Recommendations

“I have been wonderfully impressed by David during the case. He has managed an extremely difficult situation with considerable insight and maturity. David has shown a real ability to focus on matters that are really important and to support and guide the client through the whole process. I think he has a natural flair for the work and he works hard and productively. Ultimately he cares about getting the right result.”
– Catherine Wood QC, London.

“David has ‘people skills’ that those twice his age would like to have. He builds trust and empathy with clients quickly and appropriately as a result of his considerable charm, professionalism and knowledge of Family Law. He is a pleasure to work with and any client would be fortunate to seek his assistance at a difficult time in their lives.”
– Jonathan Tod, Barrister, London.

Interests Outside of Work

David sits as Chair of the Board of Directors of an award-winning children's sexual abuse counselling service.

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