David is a specialist employment and personal injury barrister. He represents Claimants and Defendants in claims arising from all aspects of these areas of practice.
In personal injury David has a particular specialism and expertise in industrial disease (including asbestos disease), international disputes, and military claims.
In employment David specializes in whistleblowing claims as well as all aspects of discrimination (particularly pregnancy and maternity discrimination). He sits on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel.
David has a complex and high value personal injury practice which belies his year of call. He is confident and adept at handling difficult cases, with or without a leader, in complex areas of law.
David’s personal injury practice is diverse and incorporates all areas of chambers’ practice, including cases involving:
- local authority liability
- occupier’s liability and defective premises
- road traffic accidents
- product liability claims.
David has a particular interest and expertise in all aspects of quantum and the law of damages. He has written extensively about the discount rate and the calculation of future losses, and has delivered training to solicitors on this topic.
He is experienced at constructing career models for long periods of future loss, often working with specialist employment experts. In particular, he has recently worked successfully on cases where entire future careers were modelled for individuals injured whilst studying in higher education: one case concerned the loss of military career of a Sandhurst entrant, the other the loss of the chance of pursuing a career as a teacher for a drama student.
David has also advised and appeared in cases concerning occupational stress.
David has broad employment law expertise and is an experienced advocate in the Employment Tribunal. He is an assured advocate who appears in high value, multi-day disputes, with or without a leader, for both Claimants and Respondents.
David appears and advises in all areas of employment practice, including:
- Whistleblowing claims
- Direct and indirect discrimination across all protected characteristics
- Failure to make reasonable adjustments and discrimination arising from disability
- Pregnancy and maternity claims
- Wages and unlawful deductions
- Unfair dismissal
- Equal pay claims
David has particular expertise in whistleblowing. He provides advice and representation in complex whistleblowing matters beyond his area of call. He has recently acted in a matter concerning disclosures of information about the possible fraudulent misapplication of US federal funds by a British company.
David’s expertise as an employment and discrimination lawyer was recognised by his appointment to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s “C” Panel of Counsel.
David also accepts instructions in equal pay claims, and has particular experience providing advice and representation for like work and equal value hearings.
He can also provide advice and representation on non-employment related discrimination matters, particularly discrimination in access to services and in education cases.
Additionally David has broad expertise in advising on unfair dismissal, redundancy, unlawful deductions and TUPE claims, as well as procedural and jurisdictional issues. He is happy to appear in preliminary hearings, trials and mediations around the country.
David’s personal injury practice informs his employment practice. He particularly welcomes instructions concerning occupational stress, disability discrimination, and cases with complex quantum elements.
He has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is happy to advise and represent parties considering or seeking an appeal.
David’s regularly speaks on panels and delivers training to solicitors on topics concerning employment law.
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 is qualified to accept Direct Access instructions and is happy to consider instruction on this basis in appropriate cases.
David has a large and growing military claims practice. He has represented both former servicemen and women and the MOD, giving him a broad and balanced view of this unique area of practice.
He accepts instructions in cases involving:
- Hearing loss and tinnitus
- Freezing and non-freezing cold injuries
- Accidents during training
- Physical and psychological injuries during and between deployments
David regularly represents former servicemen and women in disease claims arising from their service, particularly in claims for Noise Induced Hearing Loss. He has a deep understanding of the complex technical and medical aspects of this area of work.
David’s has also represented former Army personnel in general personal injury matters, including reconstructing large claims for future losses for an officer candidate prevented from entering Sandhurst because of injury. He brings great contextual knowledge of the military’s structure and procedures to these cases.
Additionally, David worked for the Ministry of Defence on one of the reopened Deep Cut inquests.
David has a particular interest in industrial disease work, including asbestos disease.
Asbestos disease forms the main part of David’s industrial disease practice. He is equally comfortable as a sole junior or being led by senior counsel. He acts in all areas of asbestos disease, including:
- Lung cancer
- Diffuse pleural thickening
He has appeared successfully before the Queen’s Bench Masters in the asbestos list.
David is an experienced and assured practitioner in Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims, where he has a detailed understanding of the complex technical and medical nature of the practice area. His particular specialism in this area is in claims arising from military service, but he accepts instructions in all areas of noise litigation.
David has also represented claimants in HAVS and RSI cases, as well as in cases for respiratory disease not arising from asbestos. He also has experience in non-asbestos dust and dermatitis claims.
David has broad experience advising and representing clients in international personal injury and employment cases. His practice includes cases involving:
- Jurisdictional issues, including under the Brussels Convention
- Choice of law, including the Rome II Convention
- The Package Travel Regulations
- Accidents at sea and the Athens Convention
- Accidents during air carriage and the Montreal Convention
He is a contributor to the “Accidents Abroad” section of Butterworths Personal Injury Law Service (BPILS) and to the 12KBW International and Travel Law blog.
David regularly acts in aviation cases, particularly claims arising under the Montreal Convention. He has acted for Claimants and Defendants in cases concerning passengers, aircrew, airlines and insurers.
David has experience advancing and defending claims concerning defective products involving the Consumer Protection Act 1987, and is happy to consider instructions from Claimants and Defendants in this area.
BPTC, City Law School: outstanding
GDL, City Law School: distinction
BA (Hons), MA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Lincoln College, Oxford University
Exhibition and Duke of Edinburgh Scholar, Inner Temple
Former teaching fellow in contract law at SOAS, University of London
David is a member of PIBA, PEOPIL, ELA, ELBA and the Industrial Law Society.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
He is also a foundation governor of a large state secondary school in Lewisham.