Personal Injury Bar Association
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 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.
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