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David Mallinson

Head of Department

Dispute Resolution

David specialises in property based litigation and breach of contract cases. He provides litigation support and guidance to a wide variety of commercial clients as well as to individuals.

He deals with claims at all levels up to and beyond £1 million. His work reflects the broad and diverse range of issues which regularly affect both business and individual clients. This includes regularly advising local businesses of varying sizes on a range of concerns extending from credit control and debt recovery to commercial contract issues and claims. His focus is on trying to maximise recovery and resolution in the quickest and most cost effective way always having regard to the client’s objectives.

His long association with Ashford means that David has many established client contacts and is both familiar and works closely with the local business community.

David also advises individual clients in a variety of dispute areas ranging from property ownership disputes and boundary disputes, statutory leasehold extension and right to buy procedures, through to negligent professional advice and services.

Once again the focus is on identifying what needs to be done to resolve the particular issue, advising on the best options available to the client, recommending and if necessary implementing that advice to secure an appropriate and ultimately cost effective outcome.

David is also a keen supporter and promoter of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms which can offer a speedy and efficient way to resolve often seemingly intractable problems.

David qualified as a solicitor in 1986 having obtained a law degree from the University of Warwick. He completed his training in a large commercial Kent based firm before moving to Ashford to specialise in litigation and dispute resolution.

The Ashford practice in which David was previously a partner merged with Girlings in 2004 and David was invited to become a partner at Girlings. David has been the head of our dispute team since 2006.

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I recently had cause to use the services of David Mallinson in the separation of my business partnership. I found him to be professional and constructive in his handling of my case. The outcome was entirely satisfactory and I would not hesitate in requesting his assistance again in the future.
Mr T Denham, Denham Associates
David acted for our Company in what turned out to be a very difficult and protracted case. He gave us good advice, was always patient, calmly professional and courteous and we would have no hesitation in recommending his services.
Professional advice was sound as usual and the secretaries were most helpful.
It is a real pleasure to work with Girlings. I have worked with various solicitors in my lifetime and I must say that Girlings is the best firm I have used so far and I look forward to continue to direct business your way.
The whole team and organisation are excellent and we have no hesitation in recommending.
Mirelle Frost, Kent Enterprise Trust
I want to thank you for your very good humoured and professional service, which, following our previous experience, redeemed our faith in solicitors.
David helped us resolve a family situation. We were most grateful for the direction and advice towards self help and away from litigation.
Mrs Skynner
Mr Dady and Mr Mallinson are very punctual in their work, although the process of completing my legal matter in question took a few months they were always available and responded promptly to requests and queries. I would highly recommend them if one is in need of legal advice or services. They are very professional gentlemen and are very much worth every penny you might spend on their work.