“David is an outstanding advocate and his ability to grasp complex areas of law second to none.”
The Legal 500 2023
“David gives his all under difficult circumstances and has been very generous with his time. He is very good on his feet indeed and unfazed by “bigger” opposition. Clients love him.”’
The Legal 500 2021
David’s practice spans information and media, employment, and administrative and public law. He also has a developing practice in sport law. He is ranked as a leading junior in Defamation & Privacy, Data Protection, Employment, Administrative Law & Human Rights and Immigration (including Business Immigration). David was shortlisted for “Technology and data junior of the year” at The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022. He was a member of the Attorney General’s A panel of junior civil counsel until 2021 and is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Council’s B panel. David accepts direct public access instructions.
“A very approachable barrister with clients and a strong background in high value claims.” The Legal 500, Defamation & Privacy 2021
In his media practice, David advises and acts in libel, slander, malicious falsehood, breach of confidence/misuse of private of information and data protection matters. His clients include private individuals, journalists, MPs, political parties, free speech organisations, central and devolved government departments, corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities.
In his information law practice, David advises in respect of regulatory matters involving the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and acts in private law data protection claims in the civil courts and public law judicial review claims in the Administrative Court. David appears before the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeals.
David was shortlisted for “Technology and data junior of the year” at The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022.
“Has a wide employment law practice that is bolstered by his knowledge of media and public law.” “He takes a pragmatic approach and is a thorough cross-examiner.” “His knowledge of the law is first-rate and he’s an excellent advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2021
David regularly acts in employment disputes concerning data protection, libel, privacy, freedom of expression and/or reporting issues. In the commercial context, David acts in contractual disputes including breach of confidence and restraint of trade.
Before the Employment Tribunal, David acts for employees and employers in the full range of statutory claims with a particular emphasis on complex discrimination, whistleblowing and working time cases. He has been involved in various appellate cases concerning the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunal compared to the civil courts.
“Able to grasp complex cases quickly. Great advocacy skills.” Administrative Law and Human Rights – The Legal 500 2023
“David is a charming but robust advocate and is an asset to his clients.” Immigration (including business immigration) – The Legal 500 2023
David’s judicial review practice principally covers immigration, nationality, EU and human rights law. He has acted in various appeals concerning the deportation of foreign national offenders and challenges against the points-based system. He also acts for colleges and universities in Tier 4 sponsorship challenges. David has conduct of national security challenges before the Special Immigration Appeals Tribunal (SIAC).
In his information and media practice, David advises sportspeople and organisations in disputes concerning print and broadcast media, misuse of private information and data protection. In his employment practice, David advises and acts in disputes concerning wrongful dismissal, breach of confidence and restraint of trade. He is also experienced in statutory claims for unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination in the sports sector (Kelly v PGA European Tour – Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal). In his media and employment law practices, David is used to acting on an urgent basis in applications for interim injunctive relief. Drawing on his expertise across these areas, David was a guest speaker at the LawInSport inaugural Motorsport Law Conference in 2021 discussing “Trusting your team and protecting sensitive data”.
“David is an outstanding advocate and his ability to grasp complex areas of law second to none.” The Legal 500 2023 – Employment
“Able to grasp complex cases quickly. Great advocacy skills.” The Legal 500 2023 – Administrative Law and Human Rights
“David is a charming but robust advocate and is an asset to his clients.” The Legal 500 2023 – Immigration (including business immigration)
“Has a wide employment law practice that is bolstered by his knowledge of media and public law.” “He takes a pragmatic approach and is a thorough cross-examiner.” “His knowledge of the law is first-rate and he’s an excellent advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2021 – Employment
“David gives his all under difficult circumstances and has been very generous with his time. He is very good on his feet indeed and unfazed by “bigger” opposition. Clients love him.”’ The Legal 500 2021 – Employment
“David excelled at providing practical and thorough technical advice which, in conference with our lay client, he was competently able to condense and explain.” The Legal 500 2021 – Defamation & Privacy
“A strong advocate who is very pragmatic and excellent at handling a judge.” “He has broad knowledge of all aspects of employment law and is a fierce advocate who will fight for the client.” Chambers & Partners 2020 – Employment
“An excellent barrister with all the key ingredients: a good mind; being tactically astute; knowledgeable in the law and a compelling manner with clients.” The Legal 500 2020 – Employment
“Attracting attention in both defamation and privacy matters.” The Legal 500 2020 – Defamation & Privacy
“Really thorough in his preparation. Excellent on his feet and well-liked by clients.” Chambers & Partners 2019 – Employment
“His work is always of a high standard. He is always well prepared and extremely approachable.” The Legal 500 2019 – Defamation & Privacy
“Sharp and incredibly focused. He has a finely tuned moral compass and is excellent on his feet.” Chambers & Partners 2018 – Employment
“He is thorough and sensible.” The Legal 500 2018 – Employment
“He is a very bright guy and is very user-friendly for clients.” “He works hard to get his head around complex law and delivers fantastic results for the clients.” Chambers & Partners 2017 – Employment
“He is extremely approachable and his work is always of a high standard” The Legal 500 2017 – Employment
“He’s very practical, great on his feet and he tells it how it is.” “He is capable of getting into the essence of a case and keeping things simple.” Chambers & Partners 2016 – Employment
“Bright, enthusiastic, driven, honest and very good with clients.” The Legal 500 2016 – Employment
“He’s very good on his feet and has a can-do attitude.” Chambers & Partners 2015 – Employment
“He always provides honest, practical advice, and is excellent with clients.” The Legal 500 2015 – Employment
“He has a very good grasp of the public sector,” “an outstanding junior who will go far.” Chambers & Partners 2014 – Employment