David Gilchrist

David Gilchrist

Year of call:

1987, Inner Temple

Contact:

David Gilchrist

Associations:

Chancery Bar Association,
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Education:

BA, Durham University

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Commercial and chancery Litigation
Landlord and Tenant
Professional Negligence
Trusts, Wills and Estates
Insolvency
Mediation

PRACTICE PROFILE

  • Property
    Including mortgages, restrictive covenants, easements, the sale of land, land registration, co-ownership and nuisance
  • Landlord and Tenant
    Both business and residential including forfeiture, renewal of business tenancies, service charges and enfranchisement
  • Commercial
    Including companies (particularly, shareholders and directors disputes), guarantees, insolvency, partnership, construction disputes and sale of goods and services
  • Trusts, Wills and Estates
    Including validity of wills, construction of wills, administration of estates, Inheritance Act proceedings and breach of trust claims
  • Professional Negligence
    Including claims against solicitors (particularly in connection with land transactions), surveyors and accountants

MEDIATION

David is a CEDR trained and accredited mediator, obtaining his accreditation in 2015. As mediator, he will use his wide knowledge and experience of commercial, property and wills litigation to assist the parties in reaching a sound and practical resolution of their dispute. His usual daily fee for a two party dispute (including 3 hours pre-reading) is £2000 plus VAT, or £1000 per party. His clerk can assist the parties in arranging a suitable venue and, in the event that the mediation is to be held in Manchester, can offer room hire and refreshments in Chambers at no extra cost.

NOTABLE CASES

  • Peckham v Ellison (1999) 77 P&CR 27, CA (implied reservation of easements)
  • Bristol & West v Bartlett [2003] 1 WLR 284, CA (limitation for mortgage arrears)
  • Cheltenham & Gloucester v Appleyard (The Times 29 March 2004), CA (mortgagee’s remedy of subrogation)
  • C & W Berry Ltd v. Armstrong-Moakes [2007] BPIR 1199 (effect of bankruptcy petition on charging order)
  • Dhand v. Oakglade Investments [2012] EWCA Civ 286 (validity of vendor's notice to complete)
  • Manton Hire v. Ash Manor Cheese [2013] EWCA Civ 548 (damages for breach of commercial hire agreement)
  • Windermere Marina Village v. Wild [2014] UKUT 163 (LC) (enforceability of surveyor's apportionment of service charge)
  • Chadwick v. Collinson [2014] EWHC 3055 (Ch) (application of forfeiture rule on estate of manslaughter victim)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar in 1989 working at Chapman Tripp in Wellington, New Zealand.

Previously a member of Albion Chambers in Bristol until 1996.

Chancery – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 3)
"He's clear, his drafting is very precise and his advocacy is the same."
"He has good judgement and is a good advocate as well."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019


"His strongest point is his ability to explain the impact of a legal position to clients and put them at their ease."

Chambers and Partners 2018


"David has an extremely calm presence in court."

Chambers and Partners 2018


'Experienced across a range of commercial matters.'

Legal 500, 2017


“Well-regarded and experienced junior with an expansive commercial offering.” “He’s great on detail and very knowledgeable.”

Chambers and Partners 2017


“Experienced commercial chancery litigation practitioner who acts on property law, including landlord and tenant matters.” “A very knowledgeable and tenacious advocate.” “He is able to advise on matters of considerable complexity.”

Chambers and Partners 2017


‘A very able barrister.’

Legal 500, 2016


"Highly experienced commercial junior well versed in the full spectrum of matters, including directors' disputes and shareholder issues. Possesses notable expertise in commercial property work. 'A tenacious advocate - hugely knowledgeable.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016


"Adept at insolvency and professional negligence cases. He also has a strong showing in traditional chancery work and is particularly good at wills, trusts and estate administration. 'Without doubt one of the most consistently brilliant barristers I have ever used; he is impeccable, has an eye for detail and adopts an excellent approach with clients.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016


"He has an immense knowledge of the law."

Chambers & Partners 2015


"He's understated when on his feet, but persistent. Which is a good thing. Commercial judges don't like theatrics. They can see the issues and they don't want a barrister who wastes their time." "He is very straight-talking and practical. Clients are very trusting of him because he talks down the line and will point out weaknesses in a case and speak very frankly."

Chambers & Partners 2015


"Knowledgeable and assured"

Legal 500 2014


"David handles the very complex aspects of a case well. He has strong intellectual abilities."

Chambers & Partners 2014


“David Gilchrist provides a full service to clients on property, trusts, commercial and professional negligence disputes. Clients laud him for being ‘a modern barrister’ who is always thinking ahead. They particularly value his thoroughness and the practical advice he offers… David receives particular praise for his advocacy skills and is an effective presence in the courtroom. He represents clients in a variety of commercial work such as disputes relating to guarantees, insolvency and partnerships.”

Chambers & Partners 2013


"has many a repeat brief from solicitors as he injects an inventive spirit into all his cases"

Chambers and Partners 2011 - Chancery


"bright, effective and very strong on the fine detail of the law"

Chambers and Partners 2011 - Commercial Dispute Resolution


Specialist Areas of Practice:

Business and Property Group

Mediation

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