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David Calvert

Year of call 1995  

Areas of Expertise
Employment, Insurance Fraud, Personal Injury, Travel & International Personal Injury Law

Born and brought up in the North West, David has been in chambers in Manchester since 1995. Since qualification he has covered a wide range of commercial and common law work but has now specialised in personal injury law; however, he also has experience in employment law.

His personal injury practice covers most areas of work, but with particular expertise in employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, Highways Act claims, road traffic litigation (both in the UK and abroad) and holiday accident/illness cases.

He is also developing a practice defending cavity wall claims which appear to be a growth area amongst claims management companies.

In all his areas of his work he has substantial experience in advising, drafting and representing Defendants as to how to tactically deal with claims where there are concerns and allegations of fraud, exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty.

David has a thriving practice defending all types of accidents abroad. In particular he is regularly instructed by the country's largest holiday firms in defending both holiday illness claims and accidents within hotels. He will provide advice from pleadings all the way to trial.

At trial he has an enviable track record and is highly regarded for his advocacy.

He has no nonsense approach to litigation and is a tenacious cross examiner.

Although he now accepts instructions mainly from Defendants, he does undertake some Claimant work having cut his teeth originally in this area. A substantial proportion of his PI practice is multi-track work where claims regularly exceed £100,000 and often £1m.

David`s experience in employment work covers both appearances and advisory work in both the English and Scottish tribunals. He has appeared, 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.

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

David has substantial experience in both 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 occasionally accepts work direct from litigants under the Public Access Scheme.

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


  • Maynard v Wigan MBC (2011) EWCA Civ 1694
    Occupiers liability, adequacy of judgement
  • Matinpour v Rotherham MBC (2011)
    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 KC, Manchester County Court 2005)
    Consideration of the burden of proof in Highways Act 1980 cases


David Calvert is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about David can be found here.

David Calvert's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for David to undertake Court, Tribunal and advisory work for a fixed brief fee with additional refresher fees. For conferences and other work it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available. Conditional Fee Agreements and Damages Based Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success. David will typically return paperwork within 10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.


Northern Circuit
Personal Injury Bar Association


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

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