Call: 1978 QC: 2006
"Held in universally high regard and seen as being a shrewd and fair individual, widely praised for his cerebral qualities” (Chambers and Partners, 2013), David has immense experience both in commercial Chancery and property litigation and in professional liability claims. “An absolute guru when it comes to professional negligence. Commentators say that he is a top choice if there are esoteric property or trust problems to unravel” (Chambers & Partners, 2012) and that he is a “very able” property litigator (Legal 500, 2013).
David is rated in the Directories for property litigation and for professional liability work. He has been described as "a formidable opponent: almost impossible to outfox". He is “a favourite of many as he is meticulous in his preparation, and has a gentlemanly and energetic approach”; “he has a professional negligence practice that is positively thriving at present; clients admire the way he can digest a huge set of papers in no time and get to the crux of the problem”; “he has impressed peers due to his incredibly meticulous and careful approach which often results in incredible outcomes for his clients”; “his affable manner attracts widespread praise; he never talks down to anyone and is very approachable”; he has “loads of energy and really knows his land law”; he is “considered a barrister of choice by many for solicitor’s negligence cases”.
As a junior, David built up a wide practice in Chancery chambers embracing property law, company law, insolvency, trusts and civil fraud, with a particular interest in professional liability. Since moving to Four New Square in 2000 and taking Silk in 2006, he has extended his practice in the areas of professional liability and commercial litigation, whilst continuing to do a broad range of commercial Chancery work.
He has great experience of litigation and mediation as well as advisory work. He also acts as an arbitrator. He has been called to the Bar in Gibraltar.
David is an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability and is currently responsible for the chapters on Accountants and Auditors and on Actuaries.
He is Chairman of the International Subcommittee of the Chancery Bar Association. He is a member of the Property Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association and COMBAR.
David is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and is an advocacy trainer for the Inn. He is a Recorder sitting in crime and has chaired Disciplinary Tribunals for the Bar Standards Board.