David Baybut

Head of Real Estate


David was appointed as a Partner in 1999, and became head of the commercial property team in 2001, becoming a deputy chair of the operational board in April 2008. In 2015 he became Head of Real Estate, overseeing the residential conveyancing team and the commercial property team.

David joined Stephensons in September 1993, having graduated from Keele University with a first class honours degree in law and computer science and then Chester College of Law. David qualified as a solicitor in February 1996, and has been specialising predominantly in commercial property law since, a field in which David is recommended in by the Legal 500.

David is a member of the Business Growth Hub, a community for growing businesses in the North West.

David specialises in all areas of commercial property work, including but not limited to:

  • Commercial development (including site assembly, option agreements, conditional contracts, planning agreements, pre-let)
  • Acquisition and disposal
  • Investment and portfolio transactions including legal management
  • Construction
  • Landlord and tenant law
  • Commercial finance
  • Tender and bid application assistance

In addition to acting for a wide range of commercial clients, including owner occupiers, investors and developers, David has a great deal of experience acting in the leisure, retail, pharmaceutical and health sectors. David has many years experience acting for housing association/registered social housing landlords, from site assemble, estate development, management to disposal on shared ownership and shared equity basis. He acts for schools and colleges, leisure providers, and many other quasi government organisations.

David also enjoys advising and writing on specific areas of law and has recently been quoted in Public Law Today, Lexis Nexis and 24Dash.com commenting on issues affecting registered providers.

On a personal note, David is a keen runner. David previously ran the London Marathon raising funds for the charity 'Children’s Wish'. He has continued running, including running on several occasions the Great North Run, and more recently the Hawkshead 14k trail race.


"David Baybut has an understanding of what local government in-house legal departments need from panel firms." - Legal 500, 2022

‘The real estate team at Stephensons have demonstrated over the last couple of years extensive knowledge of the residential long lease model. Use of shared data room has facilitated effective working. Billing is clear and well documented.’ - Legal 500, 2022

‘Both David Baybut (Partner & Head of Real Estate) and Chris Stephens(Partner) have in-depth knowledge of the housing lease sector, and constructing associated agreements (landlord/tenant, and construction). Both are very approachable and can explain sometimes very complicated points of property law in lay persons terms. Both are very accessible and responsive when dealing with matters, they also take a co-ordinating role when working across multiple parties.’ - Legal 500, 2022

“David has been the relationship Management for Fairhome Group plc for 4 years. We find the advice David gives is clear to follow and shows strong knowledge of the sector in which we operate. This knowledge translates into a comprehensive service that is delivered in a timely way according to our needs.” - Joe G Newman, Head of Legal Services Fairhome plc.

David Baybut is a partner and head of the Stephensons’ real estate work type, overseeing the firm’s conveyancing and commercial property law teams.

He is an expert in matters relating to social housing and local authority owned housing law, particularly around issues relating to the ongoing UK ‘housing crisis’ and affordable homes. In the past he has provided analysis for leading housing and local government titles, including :

PBC Today

David is also well positioned to provide a legal perspective on fluctuations in the housing market and the effect of changes in policy at Westminster and external forces, such as the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

In particular, David is a keen commentator on the effects of the government’s extended ‘Right To Buy’ scheme, which has seen registered providers compelled to sell their housing stock to tenants who wish to buy them.