David Alexander
Partner, Head of Debt Recovery

David Alexander

David is a founding partner of the firm and heads up our award winning Debt Recovery Team which is ranked band 2 in the Legal500 for Debt Recovery in Scotland. He is recognised as a Leading Individual in the Legal500 and is well respected for his straight talking, no nonsense approach to litigation. His clients like his speed, his results driven approach and his clarity on costs.


David has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation including debt recovery, insolvency, commercial disputes and landlord and tenant matters.

He is a well-known face in the Courts and Tribunals throughout Scotland and still appears on a regular basis. He has significant “on his feet” experience and frequently appears personally for his clients in complex court hearings. He has a carefully selected network of foreign agents who he trusts to deal with his cross-border cases.  He is regularly asked by the Law Society of Scotland to present at seminars (whether in person or remotely) on debt recovery and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Examination Committee of the Society of Messengers at Arms and Sheriff Officers in Scotland (SMASO) which meets twice yearly to draft exam papers and thereafter mark them.

David acts for clients across most sectors both big and small. He specialises in business to business recoveries, recovery of possession of properties whether than be land, flats or motor vehicles.

David is instructed by a number of Solicitors firm throughout Scotland to deal with their own internal debt recovery matters. A level of trust exists between them and David when they pass instructions to him. David also deals with Gilson Gray’s internal debt recovery requirements in the same way that he deals with those of his clients; quickly, efficiently, cost conscious and always results driven.


  • Over 25 years on his feet experience in the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland
  • Expert in running cases to Proof
  • His team are ranked in band 2 of the Legal 500 in Scotland for Debt Recovery
  • His team have been the recipients of the Debt Recovery Team of the Year award at the Law Awards of Scotland in both 2022 and 2023.
  • A member of the examination committee of The Society of Messengers at Arms and Sheriff Officers in Scotland.


  • Debt Recovery
  • Landlord and tenant (both residential and commercial)
  • Insolvency (including sequestrations and liquidations)
  • Asset Recovery
  • On his feet advocacy
  • Legal 500 described David as “open and transparent” with regards to fees, and “unflappable and reliable