David Mackie

David Mackie is a solicitor and mediator (CEDR/ADRg) who specializes in complex and sensitive civil, commercial and workplace disputes.

With particular expertise in commercial and public law, his experience in dispute resolution and as a transactional adviser spans both private and public sectors. He is a fluent French speaker, and a significant part of his work in private practice has been for international clients.

David’s experience in the public sector has centred on handling complex, high profile public law claims involving most major UK government departments. His longstanding experience as a lawyer and mediator equips him to work successfully across a wide variety of issues and business sectors.


Legal: As head of litigation at a central London law firm from 1984 to 1988, David acted in a wide variety of commercial disputes involving intellectual property, employment, property, corporate issues and civil fraud. Moving in 1988 to become a partner at a City firm, he specialized in maritime and commodity disputes for clients in Scandinavia, North America, and Western Europe. A senior lawyer in UK central government since 2001, he has been responsible for handling a wide variety of public law claims on issues such as the hunting ban, animal experimentation, and the Guantanamo Bay rendition and torture claims; latterly he has focused on transactional work for strategic government ICT and energy projects, typically involving negotiated procurement procedures and joint venture structures.

Business: David’s business experience includes Board membership of a property investment company and of one of the UK’s leading classical orchestras.

Mediation:  CEDR and ADR Group accredited, David’s mediation experience includes commercial contractual disputes, high conflict disputes over debt and property, and workplace disputes. He is a panel member of the Civil Service Mediation Service and of McAdam Mediation. He is recognized for his empathetic approach, and an ability to engage swiftly with issues.

Education: BA Modern History (Oxon), LLM (UCL).

Sector Experience

  • Shipping
  • International sale of goods 
  • Property
  • Fashion retailand design
  • Bloodstock  
  • Central government
  • The performing arts 
  • Education