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David Halpern QC

Call: 1978 QC: 2006


David has immense experience both in commercial Chancery and property litigation and in professional liability claims. He is rated in the Directories for property litigation and for professional liability work.

"Very intelligent and thoughtful and a good strategic thinker. He is very assured and well-liked by clients and is particularly good with property-related professional negligence litigation." "A very sound and meticulous advocate who is very good at what he does.” "He is extremely intelligent with excellent client-handling skills” (Chambers & Partners 2016). A very bright guy, who gets all the angles of a case. He's diligent and conscientious." "He is very thorough, as well as good-humoured and approachable" (Chambers & Partners 2015).

"Unbelievably brilliant. He is the advocate for all seasons, and fantastically easy to deal with. He's incredibly direct in terms of identifying the problem, fantastic on his feet and a huge amount of fun." "A master tactician," "fantastic on complex areas of law and extremely collaborative in his approach. The lawyer's lawyer." (Chambers & Partners 2014).

“He adopts a client-friendly and very practical approach, and is a terrific strategic thinker.” “Never more at home than when dealing with tricky cases” (Legal 500, 2016). “A very intelligent and thoughtful barrister, and a good strategic thinker who is well liked by clients.” “Particularly good in property-related professional negligence litigation against solicitors and surveyors” (Legal 500, 2015). “He has first-rate ability to analyse difficult legal problems and to find a commercial way through them” (Legal 500, 2014).

As a junior, David built up a wide practice in Chancery chambers embracing property law, company law, insolvency and civil fraud, and trusts and probate, with a particular interest in professional liability. Since moving to 4 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 a member of of the Chancery Bar Association and is a former chairman of its International Subcommittee . He is also a member of the Property Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association and COMBAR.

David sits part-time as a deputy judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court and also as a Recorder in the Crown Court. He is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and an advocacy trainer for the Inn and he has chaired Disciplinary Tribunals for the Bar Standards Board.


M.A. (Oxon)