Team Members

David Lerer

David Lerer

Senior Associate

As well as being involved in commercial and property-related disputes before UK Courts, David has experience acting both for and against governments in cases before international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice in the Hague and ICSID. He also represents commercial and governmental clients in non-contentious matters, where much of his work has related to the energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors.

David began his professional career in the litigation department at City law firm DJ Freeman. He later became a member of the firm’s international law group, which was repeatedly recognised as a leader in its field by Chambers and the Legal 500.

More recently, David served as Senior Legal Counsel at IDT Europe, the European arm of the New York Stock Exchange listed company IDT Corp. At IDT he was involved in advising and providing legal assistance to IDT’s financial services (payments) and telecommunications businesses based in Europe and the Far East, predominantly on commercial and regulatory matters.

David studied Law and Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He has been qualified as a solicitor since 1995 and is also qualified for the Israeli Bar.

David lives in Bet Shemesh with his wife and family and enjoys comedy, classic popular music and reading non-fiction.

Examples of recent work

Dispute Resolution

  • LCIA arbitration worth in excess of $1 billion on behalf of a global mining group, in relation to mining rights in West Africa.
  • Acting for several claimants in the solar power industry seeking compensation of c. £200m from the UK Government
  • Acting for the claimants in a compensation claim against a UK Government body valued at over £400m
  • Various real estate disputes

Business Law

  • Negotiating various BIN sponsorship and other agreements for a bank which issues prepaid MasterCard and VISA cards throughout Europe
  • Negotiating distribution agreements and payment network agreements, and various other services and supply agreements.
  • Advising in respect of regulatory and compliance issues, in particular concerning telecoms, payment services, money laundering and data protection.

Publications

  • “Nigeria-São Tomé & Príncipe” and “Cameroon-Nigeria (Add. 2)” International Maritime Boundaries. The American Society of International Law. Republished by Brill Online, 2014. With Tim Daniel.