david lascelles

Specialising as an advocate and adviser in commercial disputes, David is a tenacious fighter in court and negotiations. He provides his clients with clear and practical advice.

David’s practice covers the full breadth of commercial work with a particular emphasis on: claims relating to the performance and termination of high-value commercial contracts; claims arising out of the sale of shares and businesses; shareholder and LLP membership disputes; commercial fraud disputes; and director and senior employee disputes.

In addition to his extensive High Court trial and interim applications experience, David has acted as Counsel in arbitrations including under the ICC and LCIA rules.  

Chambers and Partners Guide to the Bar recommends David as one of the leading juniors at the Commercial bar.  

The 2014 Edition of Chambers notes that David “regularly handles complex briefs as sole counsel” and "has an excellent grasp of legal issues, is incredibly diligent and has good client skills. Definitely someone you want on your team."  

The 2013 Edition records that David is "highly impressive… with excellent analytical skillsand “a brilliant young advocate who inspires confidence with his exemplary client manner and comprehensive and commercial advice.”  

David has also been predicted to be a future star at the bar by Legal Week. Noting his track-record in acting for businesses, senior managers and directors on subjects ranging from commercial fraud and shareholder disputes to urgent business-related injunctions Legal Week reported commentators’ descriptions of David as “clever”, “well-rounded” and very diligent and user-friendly”.

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.