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David Calvert

Year of call 1995  

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


Having been born and lived in the North West all his life, David has been in Chambers in Manchester since 1995. From qualification, he has covered a wide range of commercial and common law work but in the last decade has specialised in personal injury, but dovetailing with his thriving employment practice. He has no nonsense approach to litigation and is a tenacious cross examiner.



David’s personal injury practice covers most areas of work, but his particular expertise is in employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, Highways Act claims, road traffic litigation (both in the UK and abroad) and holiday accident/illness cases. A substantial proportion of his PI practice is multi-track work where claims regularly exceed £100,000 and often £1m. He is also developing a practice defending cavity wall claims which appear to be a growth area amongst claims management companies.

In all areas of his work, David as substantial experience in advising, drafting as well as cross examination and trial advocacy. David spends much of his practice representing Defendants. He is often engaged at an early stage to provide strategic claims advice in cases which concern allegations of fraud, exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty. David is renowned for his robust work at trial in such cases. David also 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.

David adopts a flexible approach to his practice. He is able to undertake work both in and out of Chambers. He is also willing to conduct conferences with clients at home or places of business should the case demand.


David's experience in employment work spans over 25 years representing both Claimant and Defendants but more latterly concentrating on Defendant work. His practice covers both appearances and advisory work in both the English and Scottish tribunals.

He has appeared, with some regularity, in the Employment Appeal Tribunal where he has also appeared before the President. He has a particular interest in unfair dismissal and discrimination work, regularly accepts claims where damages exceed the statutory maximum award and is frequently instructed to defend the interests of local authorities – undertaking substantial multi day and multi week cases.

With regard to representing local authorities, he has particular expertise in cases involving teachers and other education staff. He has represented the interests of local authorities at internal disciplinary hearings as well as appearing at appeals before the full council.

On a number of occasions he has been successful before the tribunal in seeking and recovering the maximum award of costs against a party where their conduct has been unreasonable.

His reported cases are referred to below.


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.


  • V v G (2021) – In the Burnley County Court, David secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty in circumstances where the Claimant admitted under cross examination that he lied to his medico legal expert about his symptoms. David successfully secured an Order that the Claimant pay the Defendant’s costs on an indemnity basis.
  • C v D (2020) – At Huddersfield County Court, the Judge found the Claimant was fundamentally dishonest after admitting under cross examination that he was instructed by his claim management company to lie about his claim for credit hire. This case was referred to the DCJ for further consideration to the AG.
  • Matinpour v Rotherham MBC (No2) (2013) UKEAT/0537/12/RN – David successfully argued, on cross appeal and before the President, that an ET’s judgment was ultra vires.
  • Beardshall v Rotherham MBC and others (2012) UKEAT/0073/12/ZT
  • Thompson v Rotherham MBC (2012) UKEAT/0350/12/ZT


Northern Circuit
Personal Injury Bar Association


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

Prescribed Information

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'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 work for a fixed fee and brief fee plus refresher days. For advisory work, paperwork and conferences 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 14-21 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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