Call 1994 (Inner Temple)
Qualifications MA (Oxon), Dip Law
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association, Employment Law Bar Association, Western Circuit
David has extensive experience acting for clinicians and for claimants in all aspects of clinical negligence litigation. He has particular expertise in cases of fatal injury and complex causation disputes. He has published on both subjects in the New Law Journal and the Solicitor’s Journal. He regularly acts in cases with catastrophic consequences and is happy to provide informal advice by telephone. He combines an approachable manner with academic rigour.
- “He’s very strong technically and very empathetic.” “He has a very good reputation in the field of fatal issues.” “He’s thorough and helpful.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2018)
- “David represents claimants and defendants as part of his comprehensive clinical negligence practice, and is also active in professional negligence, personal injury and employment law. He frequently handles fatal accidents and failures in general practice. ‘Very thorough and good on quantum.’ ‘He’s very good on fatal cases and on tricky medical issues. He’s very nice with clients and expresses difficult issues to the client in understandable terms.’ ” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2017)
- “David maintains a broad practice across clinical and professional negligence, personal negligence and employment law. He is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He is also a contributor to the New Law Journal and Solicitor’s Journal and regularly lectures.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2016)
- “David’s areas of strength include highways claims, fatal accidents, industrial disease and medical negligence.” Legal 500, Personal injury and Clinical Negligence (2015)
- “David takes on work for both the claimant and defendant sides. Alongside clinical negligence, he also practises in the areas of personal injury and professional negligence. ‘He is diligent and approachable. You use him because you know he will do a good job.'” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2015)
David has extensive experience of advocacy and advisory work in the field of employment law, in the fields of racial, sexual and disability discrimination, redundancy, ‘whistle blowing’, transfer of undertakings, constructive and unfair dismissal. He also has experience of claims for unlawful dismissal in the County Court.
The profile of David’s practice is varied. He acts for both claimants and respondents and regularly acts for a number of local authorities and statutory bodies. He has also acted for both statutory bodies and defendants in the field of Professional Disciplinary Proceedings and has particular experience of lengthy and complicated Police Disciplinary Proceedings and Appeals.
David’s particular area of interest is in the field of disability discrimination, which is complemented by his practice in the field of personal injury and medical negligence.
In common with all members of Chambers, David is happy to discuss matters related to employment law with instructing solicitors on an informal basis by telephone.
Areas of Particular Interest
- Law relating to Discrimination (Particularly Disability Discrimination)
- Professional Disciplinary Hearings
- “Very experienced in disability discrimination matters.” Legal 500, Employment (2017)
- “David is recommended for cases involving disability discrimination.” Legal 500, Employment (2016)
- “David’s personal injury practice complements his interest in disability discrimination law.” Legal 500, Employment (2015)
David has experience of complex multi-party inquests, acting for families and other interested parties. This includes deaths arising from clinical negligence; the death of a child in care; suicides in custody and in the context of continuing medical treatment; deaths at work and arising from industrial disease and multi-party motorway collisions.
David is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable claimants including cases of severe psychological disorder, rape, sexual abuse and distressing reproductive, genito-urinary and bowel disorders. David is happy to advise by telephone on an informal basis. He is an approved Pupil Supervisor and has trained as an Advocacy Trainer for the Western Circuit.
Areas of particular interest and expertise:
- Limitation, Issue Estoppel, Abuse of Process and Civil Procedure
- Fatal Accidents: Complex persisting claims for dependency.
- Complex historic industrial disease: Mesothelioma and other consequences of asbestos exposure, vibration white finger, noise induced hearing loss, repetitive strain injuries.
- Catastrophic Injury: Extensive experience of cases of tetraplegia, quadripliegia and brain damage including complex multiple injuries, cognitive disabilities and personality change.
- Liability for Animals: Strict liability and negligence. Horses, livestock, dogs (including guard dogs). Also liability for nuisance caused by wild animals.
- Physical and sexual abuse: Care and residential homes, actions involving local authorities and schools.
- Psychological Injury: Within and outside the workplace. Complemented by David’s practice in employment law, particularly in the field of Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
- Highways: the liabilities of Highway Authorities; nuisance; liability for trees and adjoining structures.
- “Very thorough with great attention to detail.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2017)
- “David is recommended for catastrophic and fatal injury cases.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2016)
- “David’s areas of strength include highways claims, fatal accidents, industrial disease and medical negligence.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2015)
David’s practice includes cases of negligence in the conduct of litigation in the fields of personal injury, employment law and more widely in the law of tort. He has acted for very vulnerable litigants mistrustful of the legal profession following their previous experiences. He has experience in actions outside of the conduct of litigation including negligent conveyancing and the negligent drafting of agreements. He has conducted appeals in the Court of Appeal in actions relating to issues of issue estoppel arising from previous negligence.
David has also acted in cases of the negligence of estate and letting agents and surveyor’s and architect’s negligence.
David practises in all areas of the law of personal injury and has extensive experience of medical and other professional negligence actions. He acts for both claimants and defendants, writes for the New Law Journal and the Solicitor’s Journal and regularly lectures on aspects of personal injury law. David’s practice is complemented by his expertise in employment law, where he has particular interest in issues arising from disability in the workplace.
David is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.