David is a Chartered Legal Executive with over 25 years of experience in private practice locally, mostly as a family law specialist. He joined The Family Law Company in 2002 and became a Director of the firm in 2015. His extensive experience makes him well qualified to represent clients in relation to all areas of family law including divorce, finance and private law children matters, as well as high value finance and complex children matters.

David heads our specialist team advising cohabitees in relation to their rights. He represents unmarried clients who are separating, to resolve disputes relating to property and business, financial provision for children and associated issues. He also advises unmarried clients in relation to the preparation of Cohabitation Agreements and, for those planning to marry, Pre-Nuptial Agreements. He is the author of a comprehensive guide to cohabitation Living Together and the Law (published in 2016 by RHE Media Limited).

David says: ‘I was drawn to this area of practice because I am concerned about the widespread misconceptions about the rights of cohabitees and the unsatisfactory state of the law in this area. I wanted to ensure that people in these situations are treated justly. My tip for former cohabitees in dispute is to make sure your legal representative is a specialist in this area. These cases are very fact sensitive, so it is important to identify the issues from the outset, act swiftly to protect your position and the rights of your dependents, then negotiate.’

David’s clients say: It was extremely stressful for me and my family and without the support and expert advice I received from David Cobern it would have been very difficult to have got through it. We were eventually successful in court. I would like to thank David and the staff at The Family Law Company for the work they did for me. Hopefully I won’t have another period as bad as that but if I did or knew of anyone needing help I would not hesitate to recommend The Family Law Company to them.


  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Member of the Family Law Accreditation Scheme
  • The Family Law Company Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO)
  • NVQ in Team Leading
The Family Law society accreditation in Advanced Family lawImage of The Law Society Accreditation of Children Law.
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