David has significant experience across a range of complementary areas of Chambers’ work, both at first instance and on appeal, and is able to complete paperwork quickly. Before the Bar, David served a short commission in the British Army.
He was also elected President of the Students’ Union at Sheffield University, which involved being Chair of Trustees, a Director responsible for over £10m turnover and 800 employees, and sitting on the University’s governing body.
Coroners and Inquests
David has been instructed in sensitive and lengthy inquests, including a number of pro bono inquests on behalf of the families of deceased servicemen as part of the Royal British Legion’s Service Inquest Scheme. He is also instructed on behalf of insurers, companies, and public bodies in inquests.
Health & Safety and Regulatory
David regularly represents clients in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in interlocutory hearings and pleas-in-mitigation. He also drafts bases of plea, and undertakes advisory work. David conducts training and conferences in this area, including for major FTSE 100 clients.
Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence & Fatal Accidents
David has extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence, including in loss of dependency claims and complex quantum disputes with, for example, loss of earnings/pension and future care claims. He has a particular focus on military claims, given his background.
General Insurance, Fraud, and Credit Hire
David represents and advises insurers in a broad range of areas, in particular in employers’, product and public liability matters. He has particular interest and experience in cases relating to outdoors and adventurous activities and sports, and has acted for some of the country’s largest leisure providers. David also advises in suspected fraudulent road traffic claims, and often conducts fast and multi-track fraud trials on behalf of insurers.
He has a strong reputation in the field of credit hire. Regularly instructed by both sides, though primarily for defendants, he has experience of all of the major arguments and has advised on, and run, a number of appeals in the area.
As well as advising in relation to points of principle and law, David has experience of appearing in a large number of Detailed Assessment Hearings.
David acts for both sides, though more frequently for respondents. He has handled cases in a wide range of areas, including discrimination and TUPE claims, and advised on and conducted appeals.
General Common Law and Commercial Matters
David deals with a range of contractual and general common law cases, acting in consumer matters and inter-company disputes for companies of all sizes. He has experience of injunction and warrant applications.