David Calvert

David Calvert

Year of call:

1995

Contact:

David Calvert

Associations:

Northern Circuit
Personal Injury Bar Association

Education:

BA (Hons) St. Catherine's College, Oxford
Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship for Bar Finals

Born and brought up in the North West, David has been in chambers in Manchester since 1995. Since commencing practice he has covered a wide range of commercial and common law work but has now specialised with an emphasis in the areas of personal injury and employment law.

David’s experience in employment work covers both appearances and advisory work in both the English and Scottish tribunals. He also appears, with some regularity, in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has a particular interest in unfair dismissal work, regularly accepts claims where damages exceed the statutory maximum award and is frequently instructed to defend the interests of local authorities.

His personal injury practice covers all areas of work, but with particular expertise in employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, Highways Act, disease work (notably industrial deafness cases, particularly union-funded matters) and Road Traffic litigation. With regards to RTA work he has substantial experience in advising, drafting and representing clients (particularly Defendants) as to how to tactically deal with allegations of fraud. He has no nonsense approach to litigation and is a tenacious cross examiner.

In relation to all areas of work he accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants with a large proportion of his PI practice being multi-track work where claims regularly exceed £100,000. The vast majority of his Claimant instructions are accepted on a CFA basis.

He is also regularly instructed in and has an interest in costs work.

David has substantial experience in the appellant courts and tribunals up to and including the Court of Appeal.

David regularly gives seminars and lectures to the legal profession both in and outside of chambers and will conduct conferences at client’s homes and places of business, should circumstances demand.

He accepts work direct from litigants under the Public Access Scheme.

When time permits David enjoys travelling, socialising and supporting the mighty Carlisle United.

REPORTED CASES

  • Maynard v Wigan MBC (2011) EWCA Civ 1694
    Occupiers liability, adequacy of judgement
  • Matinpour v Rotherham MBC (2011)
    UKEAT/0406/11/2811
    Correct test under the DDA
  • Beardshall v Rotherham MBC and others (2012) UKEAT/0073/12/ZT
    Consideration of the circumstances as to when a tribunal can adjourn faced with an ill non attending claimant • Thompson v Rotherham MBC (2012) UKEAT/0350/12/ZT
  • Matinpour v Rotherham MBC (No2) (2013) UKEAT/0537/12/RN
    Successfully argued, on cross appeal and before the President, that an ET’s judgment was ultra vires. Also consideration of First West Yorkshire v Haigh
  • Falco Finance v Gough [1999] 17 Tr.L.R. 536 [1999] C.C.L.R. 16
    Concerning the application of the European consumer regulations as to redemption penalties and interest rates in domestic mortgages
  • Turner v Turner (reported Current Law 05/1304)
    Application of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 s.3 as to protecting engaged as opposed to married couples
  • Pentney v Tameside MBC (unreported, HHJ Armitage QC, Manchester County Court 2005)
    Consideration of the burden of proof in Highways Act 1980 cases

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