David Hooper




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David has over 35 years’ experience in business and property consultancy, during which he has helped clients to deal with most of the difficulties likely to be encountered in property, business and the farming sector. Whether family disagreements, partnership problems, construction disputes or commercial conflicts, he has helped parties in dispute to find mutually beneficial or commercially workable solutions. He is an expert in negotiation skills and is able to help clients clarify and express their interests more effectively in the context of negotiations and in the forum of mediation. His clear, analytical approach helps him focus parties on the key issues in a dispute; he is an imaginative, lateral thinker, able to encourage the parties to look for new ways to settle their differences or restructure their business or personal relationships.

David specialises in dispute resolution, combining mediation with arbitration and expert witness work. His mediations take place throughout England and Wales and he mediates two or three times a month. He is ranked in the top ten mediators on the National Mediator Database


  • Boundaries and rights of way
  • Drainage
  • Construction and building contracts
  • Landlord and tenant: breach of terms, dilapidations
  • Agricultural tenancies: Rent Review; Case D and Case E Notices; dilapidations
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Farm subsidy and grant schemes
  • Commercial contracts
  • Breach of contract
  • Wills and family disputes
  • Partnership disputes and dissolution

As a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer with Brown & Co, David’s experience includes:

  • Landlord and Tenant matters (Agricultural Holdings Act and Agricultural Tenancies Act)
  • Rent Reviews and end of Tenancy negotiations
  • Contract farming agreements
  • Single Payment Scheme claims and investigations
  • Rural planning; assessments of agricultural need; certificates of lawfulness; removal of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions; appeals; defence against enforcement notices
  • Compensation claims arising from the acquisition of land, or rights in land
  • Valuation of assets for bank security, taxation, estate planning, matrimonial and business disputes including expert reports
  • Negotiating rights of way, easements and wayleaves for pipelines and cables
  • Negotiating options and lease terms for telecommunications masts and wind farms

MA (History and Land Economy, Cambridge, 1980)

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1995)

Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (1996)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2015)

ADR Group Accredited Mediator (2008)

RICS Accredited Mediator (2009)

Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (2012)

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