David has a diverse and balanced practice encompassing employment and personal injury law.
David accepts instructions in all aspects of employment law, with a particular emphasis on whistleblowing and discrimination cases.
In personal injury, David accepts instructions in all areas of chambers work, but has a particular interest in asbestos and other industrial disease claims, and international work.
David is Direct Access qualified and welcomes enquiries to instruct him on this basis.
David’s has broad employment law expertise which draws both from his legal practice and real-world experience.
He is direct access qualified and is happy to consider requests to instruct him directly in employment cases.
He appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal and is happy to accept instructions from both Claimants and Respondents. He has also appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is very happy to accept instructions from parties seeking or considering an appeal.
His particular interests in employment disputes are discrimination and other Equality Act claims; whistleblowing claims; and claims concerning worker status.
Recent examples of David’s employment work includes:
- A claim for brought by a senior manager in a large corporate firm in a complex claim for sex and maternity discrimination arising from a redundancy situation;
- Appearing in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a victimisation claim, in an appeal concerning amendments and the application of Selkent
- Advising and representing a firm of solicitors in a claim arising from the dismissal of a director.
David also brings his experience and expertise from his role as a governor at a large London secondary school: he regularly chairs disciplinary, appeal and grievance panels convened to deal with employees, and he provides training and mentoring to senior education leaders on the practical application of employment law in the workplace.
David has a particular interest in industrial disease litigation and a growing level of experience ahead of his year of call.
Asbestos disease forms the main part of David’s industrial disease practice. He is equally comfortable acting being led by senior or leading counsel, or acting as a sole junior, and has been instructed as a junior to Harry Steinberg QC in complex mesothelioma litigation. He has appeared successfully before the Queen’s Bench Masters against senior and experienced counsel. He welcomes instructions in cases concerning mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening.
David also accepts instructions in other types of industrial disease: he has represented clients in HAVS and RSI cases, and for Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
David accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury, from both Claimants and Defendants, and has extensive experience in advising and settling schedules of loss in complex multi-track cases.
His personal injury practice is large and diverse, taking in road traffic, workplace, local authority, occupational stress and product liability claims.
He has experience in advising, settling pleadings and representing clients in claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934.
He has a particular specialism in cases arising out of workplace accidents and illnesses, both pre- and post-Enterprise Act.
Recent examples of David’s work include:
- Representing the family of a young woman who died in childbirth, in a Fatal Accidents Act claim against an NHS trust valued at more than £1.6m;
- A claim by an HGV driver against his employer, a haulage firm, after his lorry was caused to turn over, causing catastrophic injuries, as a result of a poorly-packed load inside a sealed shipping container;
- A claim for physical and psychiatric damage suffered after the failure of a defective window frame, brought against the Claimant’s landlord under the Defective Premises Act 1972
David is experienced at advising clients, both Claimants and Defendants, on jurisdictional and choice of law issues. He deals frequently with foreign law and local standards experts and is happy to advise on the choice of a suitable expert from an early stage in a claim.
He is regularly instructed in claims arising from the Package Travel Regulations for Claimants and for Defendants.
David is a member of PEOPIL and is a contributor to the “Accidents Abroad” section of Butterworths Personal Injury Law Service (BPILS).
2014-15: BPTC, City Law School: Outstanding
2013-14: GDL, City Law School: Distinction
2004-07: BA (Hons), MA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Lincoln College, Oxford University
Exhibition Scholar, Inner Temple, 2013 and 2014
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple, 2014
Honourable Mention, Wilem C Vis International Commercial Law Advocacy Competition, Vienna, 2014
Former Teaching Fellow in Contract Law, SOAS, University of London: nominated for the Director’s Prize for Teaching Excellence.
David is a member of PIBA, PEOPIL and the Industrial Law Society. He is also a foundation governor at a large state secondary school in Lewisham.