David is an advocate and adviser in commercial disputes.
He has extensive experience acting on claims arising in the following areas: the performance and termination of high-value commercial contracts; the sale of shares and businesses; shareholder and LLP membership; commercial fraud; and director and senior employee relations.In addition to his substantial trial and interim applications experience, including in jurisdiction disputes, David has acted in arbitrations including under the ICC and LCIA rules as well as in expert determinations.
Chambers & Partners’ independent Guide to the Bar has recommended David as one of the leading barristers in both commercial dispute resolution and contentious company law for some years. In each of the last two years he has been only one of 9 juniors recommended in both fields.
The 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners describes David as "a great communicator”, "very good with clients”, "very down to earth” whose "strength is his attention to detail and commercial nous”.
In recent years, Chambers & Partners has also set out market feedback on David as being "a brilliant young advocate who inspires confidence with his exemplary client manner and comprehensive and commercial advice”, with "a massive brain and an extremely incisive way of getting to the facts and issues” as well as possessing "extremely strong analytical skills”, "very easy to deal with”, and "definitely someone you want on your team".
David is also recommended in Legal 500 as a leading barrister handling corporate disputes. The latest edition describes him as "exceptionally analytical with a great eye for detail, his memory is astonishing.”
In addition, as a result of highly positive market feedback, David was listed in a Legal Week special feature as one of 10 junior stars at the Bar.
Prior to coming to the Bar, David read law at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. He took a Double First from Cambridge, in each year obtaining the highest grades in his college (Peterhouse) and winning scholarships from his college and the University. David next took a Masters in Law from Oxford, winning a scholarship from the national Arts and Humanities Research Board (BCL, 2002, Brasenose College). He was then awarded a major scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn to study for the Bar (BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, 2003).
Brief details of David’s experience are set out in the tabs below. If you would like further details relating to particular practice areas or sectors then please contact David’s clerks.
David advises domestic and international clients on their rights and obligations under commercial contracts. He regularly acts in: claims relating to distribution, franchise and joint venture agreements; commercial sale and hire of goods disputes; and commission claims. He also represents companies and high net-worth individuals in disputes arising from investments and securities including guarantees. His cases frequently involve issues relating to jurisdiction. Examples include David representing:
David is regularly instructed in share and business sale disputes including claims by vendors for failure to pay consideration and claims against vendors for breach of warranty, breach of restrictive covenants, misrepresentation and for indemnification. He has also acted on numerous commission claims in respect of such sales. In addition David has represented clients obtaining redress for breach of heads of terms and non-disclosure agreements. Previous cases have included David representing:
David has extensive experience of unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions as well as claims to enforce articles of association, shareholder and LLP agreements. Many of David’s cases involve shareholder directors or LLP members accused of breaching their contractual and fiduciary duties.
David is also frequently instructed in claims relating to good and bad leaver provisions in articles and shareholders agreements. His practice in this area is complemented by his substantial experience in claims brought by and against directors and employees.
Examples include David representing:
David frequently acts as an adviser and advocate in commercial fraud disputes. Examples include David representing:
David is also the author of the forthcoming practice note on deceit and misrepresentation for the leading online know-how provider, Practical Law.
With a particular expertise in disputes involving commercial or company law aspects, David has acted in many hotly-contested claims of breach of contractual and fiduciary duties against directors and senior employees.
David has also acted in a number of very high-value bonus and wrongful dismissal disputes including where issues arise as to the forfeiture of shares upon termination (see also shareholder disputes above).
Examples of recent / significant cases include David representing: