David Wisbey


I am experienced and knowledgeable. I’m able to advise on a wide variety of matters. I am based in our Chelmsford office, and am available on 01245 453817.

I advise investors and businesses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and commercial law, locally, nationally and internationally, as well as advising lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured lending.
I have particular experience of health, automotive and technology sectors. International transactions have included advising a UK plc on the purchase of a company in Switzerland and a UK company on the sale of its German business, and advising on joint ventures in Singapore, Russia and Spain. I advise banks on a wide variety of matters, including acquisition finance, and borrowers when taking out, renewing or amending bank facilities.
At Birkett Long I have advised a major UK listed company in the healthcare sector on the funding for projects for the construction and operation of treatment centres. I advise clients locally and nationally on transactions in a variety of health-related sectors, but with a particular specialism in residential care. I advise an international car component and sub-system manufacturer (headquartered in France) on all its UK corporate activity and have advised them on business purchases, sales, contracts and contractual disputes. I also have experience of the retail market, having advised on the purchase and sale of car dealerships.
I have many years’ experience of assisting technology based companies, from “start ups” to public companies, on their corporate and commercial legal needs, including advising on business purchases and sales and contracts and contractual disputes. I advise on the terms for private equity or venture capital investment and have advised both companies and investors on investment agreements and funding and security documents.

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We add value through our expertise, which is applied in a commercial way to ensure our clients are fully appraised of the likely risks and obligations involved with the contractual, corporate and transactional work we carry out.

I can help you if you need to form a new limited company or you want to change the name of your limited company. I can also file your company’s annual confirmation statements with Companies House on your behalf and also provide you with a registered office service. As well as the aforementioned I can prepare the Statutory Registers that all limited companies are required to keep.

What our clients say

  • The team is a pleasure to work with. They are responsive, competent, well-organised and deliver their services efficiently.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • Efficient, knowledgeable and approachable. Appreciated the thorough and complete advice. -Legal 500 2024
  • Tracey Dickens, David Wisbey and Peter Allen give a first-class service. They have a knowledgeable and pragmatic approach that focuses on getting things done.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • Tracey Dickens and her team are outstanding. They are knowledgeable, responsive and above all, pragmatic which is just what we need from our legal advisers.Client testimonial from the Legal 500
  • David Wisbey is seen as "excellent and knowledgeable".Chambers & Partners 2015
  • The service and professional advice that David Wisbey has given me on the sale has been by far the best that I received in my 40-year business career.
  • Since 2012, David Wisbey has worked on a number of Share Purchase Agreements (SPA) and similar transactions for us. His advice has always been clear, concise and timely. The first SPA involved a complicated negotiation with the other party and we relied on his expertise. In each case we have been pleased with the process and the outcome. We highly recommend the service provided.
  • The team at Birkett Long has the required depth to be able to support transactions of all sizes and has the ability to turn around work to deadlines. Their collaboration with other advisers on the clients team provides confidence in their ability to be great team players and support the client at a stressful times. Legal 500, 2023
  • Each individual I have worked with communicates well and explains legal matters in a clear, comprehensive and understandable manner. In particular, they set out an estimate of costs at the very start of any instruction and rarely exceed that amount. I would give particular mention to Thomas Emmett and David Wisbey both of whom have been excellent in providing professional services in the corporate field
  • The firm is incredibly professional, modern, forward thinking and caring. Induction was well organised and done in a way that made sure the training was not too overwhelming. Everyone here is very friendly and has gone out of their way to make me feel very welcome and included as part of the team.
  • A really strong, very approachable and cohesive team of hardworking commercial solicitors, with good legal knowledge. Fully focused on the needs of the client, taking the time to look beyond the legal issues and considering what the practical implications are for our business. The team provides clear and specific communication and has an agile can-do outlook. Extremely impressed by their work and commitment. - Legal 500 2024
  • The 'impressive' David Wisbey advises investors and businesses on corporate finance, M&A and commercial law. Tim Field is also recommended.The Legal 500