David is an advocate and adviser in commercial disputes.
He has extensive experience representing clients on claims arising in particular 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.
Chambers & Partners’ independent Guide to the Bar recommends David as one of the leading barristers in both commercial dispute resolution and contentious company law. Indeed, he is only one of 9 junior barristers recommended in both fields.
The 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners describes David as having " a massive brain and an extremely incisive way of getting to the facts and issues”, possessing "extremely strong analytical skills”, being "technically accomplished” and "very easy to deal with”.
The 2015 edition further notes David’s "considerable experience as a sole advocate”, his "robust corporate and commercial practice” as well as his "strong reputation” in contentious company disputes.
Chambers & Partners over recent years has also referred to market feedback on David as "a brilliant young advocate who inspires confidence with his exemplary client manner and comprehensive and commercial advice” and "definitely someone you want on your team".
As a result of highly positive market feedback, David was also featured by Legal Week 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 as a scholar of 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. Further details are contained within his downloadable CV. If you would like more details relating to particular legal areas or commercial sectors then please let David’s clerks know.
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, breaches 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 breaches 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, and shareholder and LLP agreements. Many of David’s cases involve shareholder directors or LLP members accused of breaching their contractual and fiduciary duties and his practice in this area is complemented by his substantial experience in claims brought by and against directors.
Examples include David representing:
David frequently acts as an adviser and advocate in commercial fraud disputes including in relation to freezing orders. 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, PLC.
With a particular expertise in disputes involving commercial or company law aspects, David has acted in many hotly-contested claims of breach of contract and fiduciary duty against directors and senior employees.
David has been instructed in a number of high-value bonus and wrongful dismissal disputes including where issues arise as to the forfeiture of shares. He also regularly acts in claims involving alleged unlawful competition including obtaining, and resisting, injunctions. He assisted Selwyn Bloch QC with updating the chapter on interim remedies in the latest edition of Employment Covenants and Confidential Information.
Examples of recent / significant cases include David representing: