Paris Smith LLP

David Roath

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David is a partner specialising in all aspects of employment law and the working relationship. He has been a partner since 2007. David has a particular focus on: Director and senior manager exits (acting for employers and employees); Boardroom disputes; Partner/member disputes; Restrictive covenant and confidentiality actions; Complex Employment Tribunal cases; Complex redundancy situations.


David is known for coming up with creative solutions to legal issues and will often be engaged by clients where a second opinion is being sought. David is an experienced advocate in the Employment Tribunal and has appeared for clients all over England and in Scotland. He is a qualified mediator and has been involved in numerous high value mediations including an exiting director/shareholder mediation in 2017. David is a regular trainer and speaker at employment law conferences. He has appeared on radio and television commentating on employment law issues. David has acted on numerous high profile manager exits for football clubs and also advises other sports clubs on employment law issues.


Away from the law, David is a season ticket holder at Southampton Football Club. He plays golf with occasional success and also likes to mess around on boats.