David Turner KC specialises in commercial insurance and reinsurance, professional liability (principally accountants (both complex tax planning and auditors’ negligence), brokers and solicitors) and commercial product liability disputes.
He has been described in the Directories as “a superb courtroom performer and deadly cross-examiner”, “tactically astute with a forensic approach to detail”, “very quick thinking on his feet”, “there is no part of a case which he does not familiarise himself with. There are no corners cut, he has everything at his fingertips in court”, “an excellent QC – very meticulous, thorough and measured”, having “a measured style which earns the court’s trust” and “great with clients”.
David’s practice has typically involved large-scale disputes in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, the Technology and Construction Court and in arbitration both at home and overseas. He enjoys working as part of a large, multi-disciplinary team, and places great emphasis on identifying and pursuing a strategy which meets his client’s commercial requirements.
David accepts appointments to serve as either a sole or a party-nominated arbitrator in disputes in the UK and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation.
David is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR and the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He is an advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn.
David is author of the chapter on Professional Indemnity Insurance in Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability, and a reasonably frequent contributor to Insurance Law Monthly.
David was a non-executive board member of a national charity from 2013 until 2019, serving additionally on its finance and medical research grants committees. He has also been a lay member of a Clinical Reference Group for a national specialised service.
David’s experience in the field of international arbitration includes:
David’s experience in this field includes:
David’s experience in the construction field includes:
“David is a very tactically astute practitioner.” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“Very competent, professional and has real integrity. He is a real expert in relation to insurance and insurance brokers. His opponents significantly respect and admire him.” – Legal 500, 2022
“His technical expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional issues, crafting strategy and executing the agreed plan of action with a focused result in mind is very impressive.” “He’s very nice to deal with, very experienced and has Supreme Court cases under his belt.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Advice is proffered in a confident, thoughtful and ordered manner. David is bright, thorough, commercially aware and strategic.” – Legal 500, 2021
“He is intellectually first-class and has unrivalled knowledge of insurance law.” – Legal 500, 2020
“Very pragmatic, technically brilliant and clients love him.” “He has a beautifully strategic mind.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
“Very popular with clients and an absolute pleasure to work with.” – Legal 500, 2019
“Incredibly quick to respond with crystal-clear, practical advice and very popular with clients.” “Very user-friendly, clever and a pleasure to work with.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Has an excellent analytical mind and is capable of dealing with intricate matters of detail and explaining them in a readily understandable form. He has an excellent grasp of the nuances of insurance law.” – Chambers & Partners, 2018
David is regularly instructed in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance work, arising out of property, professional indemnity, public and product and most other forms of liability policies. He is the editor/author of the chapter on Professional Indemnity Insurance in the current edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.
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“Incredible legal intellect coupled with first-rate tactical approach.” – Legal 500, 2022
“A brilliant technician and tactician.” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“Brilliant mind, excellent tactician and supreme knowledge of the law.” – Legal 500, 2021
“A very pugnacious effective advocate.” “He’s beloved by clients and has a very impressive practice.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Controls the most complex of cases with thorough tactical oversight and never misses trick.” – Legal 500, 2020
“David is in a class of his own for legally complex contractual, construction and product liability claims.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
“He is an excellent performer, with an absolutely incredible eye for detail.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Provides prompt, no-nonsense advice.” – Legal 500, 2019
“Has an extraordinary work ethic and shows great attention to detail. He is good at getting judges to listen.” “Extremely clever and can turn his mind to anything.” – Chambers & Partners, 2018
“He is very, very good indeed. He gets to the detail in a way which we all dream of doing. There is no part of a case which he does not familiarise himself with. There are no corners cut, he has everything at his fingertips in court.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016
Recognised as a leading Silk in this area by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, David has extensive experience of commercial product liability disputes, often involving fire.
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“He really is fantastic. He’s extremely thorough, and a brilliant technician and tactician.” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“A good advocate; he is intelligent and approachable.” – Legal 500, 2022
“Very bright and just the man for the job when you need a rottweiler.” “David is very intelligent and extremely knowledgeable, and quickly takes a strategic view on a case, setting it off in the right direction from the start. Clients love him and he is very responsive.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“He is a strong and incisive advocate.” – Legal 500, 2021
“He’s very, very intelligent and we turn to him for technical things like coverage issues.” “He is a tenacious opponent.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
“He is an excellent cross-examiner.” – Legal 500, 2020
“He is exceptionally bright and quick to analyse complex professional negligence claims.” – Legal 500, 2019
“He is a very good academic brain and also one of the better commercial brains of the Bar. He doesn’t just think like a barrister, but puts himself in the shoes of the client too.” “He is hugely competent in professional negligence and indemnity insurance disputes, particularly accountancy cases.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019.
“Has an excellent analytical mind and is capable of dealing with intricate matters of detail and explaining them in a readily understandable form. He has an excellent grasp of the nuances of insurance law.” – Chambers & Partners, 2018.
“He is an excellent QC – very meticulous, thorough and measured.” “Impressive – he is very easy to work with, well prepared and takes a very pragmatic view.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016.
“A superb courtroom performer and deadly cross-examiner; he is very quick-thinking on his feet with a measured style which earns the court’s trust.” – Legal 500, 2015
“He is commercially very astute and exceptionally good at grasping audit complexities extremely quickly.’ ‘He offers robust advice, and is a strategist extraordinaire.” – Chambers & Partners, 2015
David has extensive experience of a wide range of professional liability disputes and has consistently been recommended as a leader in the field by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
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David has wide experience of claims against accountants, and has developed something of a niche practice in relation to claims arising out of tax planning advice (both bespoke and more widely marketed strategies).
David has extensive experience of professional negligence claims against construction professionals.
Much of David’s work in this area is closely related to his “pure” insurance and reinsurance practice.
David is experienced in claims against lawyers including claims relating to commercial disputes, property transactions, the conduct of proceedings and the provision of door of court advice.
David’s experience in this area includes:
David has put his experience from more than 17 years of service as a reservist to use by appearing on a pro bono basis for families at inquests into military deaths in Afghanistan and under training in the UK. One of the Afghanistan inquests raised substantial issues as to the engagement and application of Article 2 of the ECHR in relation to the death of a soldier from an IED attack at a British-run training facility. More recently, David appeared for the widow of a soldier who died after sustaining exertional heat injury on a special forces selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons.
David is willing to consider being instructed on the same basis for military families at inquests into deaths on operational service or under training.
David has been instructed on some of the largest property damage cases in the last 20 years, normally acting on behalf of insurers (either defending a party insured under a liability cover or seeking a recovery of insurers’ outlay). Past instructions include the notorious Sun Valley fire case and acting for the lead claimants in the Buncefield litigation.
More recently, David has been instructed in relation to the destruction of the largest power station in Cyprus following the explosion at the “Evangelos Vasilikos” naval base in 2011, and the destruction by fire of a major warehouse at Heathrow Airport in 2010.
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