David was called to the Bar in 1997 and spent some time working as a paralegal in both the private and public sector. In 2001 he requalified as a solicitor and spent the next 5 years working at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council as part of the social services legal team during which time he advised and acted for the local authority in respect of both children and adult social service and mental health matters.
In 2007, David joined Young Street Chambers and undertook a short pupillage under (now District Judge) Paul Manasse. In 2011 he joined 18 St John Street Chambers.
David has a wealth of experience in representing local authorities, parents, family members and children in public law cases in both the County and High Courts. His experience stretches across a broad range of issues including serious injuries, sexual abuse, fabricated illness, unusual medical conditions, chronic neglect, mental health difficulties and emotional abuse.
He has significant experience in representing parents and children in matters involving allegations of sexual abuse including both recent and historic abuse. He has also appeared (both led and on his own) in a number of cases involving serious head injuries and other related physical abuse.
David has a particular interest in representing parents and children with cognitive or mental health difficulties. He has significant experience in dealing with clients with learning difficulties and in working with them to ensure that they understand the proceedings and that they can play as full a part as possible. He also has experience and a good understanding of parents and children who are on the autistic spectrum.
He is available to provide training and advice on all aspects of family law.
David acts for both parents and children in private law matters. He has acted in matters which have involved allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Often such cases have been multi-faceted and involve expert evidence.
He has experience in cases involving implacable parental hostility, relocation (both inside and outside of the jurisdiction) and parental alienation.
COURT OF PROTECTION AND MENTAL HEALTH
David has experience in representing both local authorities and parents/interested parties in matters involving welfare determinations in the Court of Protection. He has also represented parties in relation to applications under the Mental Health Act 1983, e.g. applications to displace the nearest relative.
2013: Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
2015: Deputy District Judge (Civil and Family)
Re OB (unreported). Represented a father in care proceedings accused of physical, emotional and sexual abuse of his wife and daughter over a prolonged period. Succeeded in persuading the Court that the allegations were unfounded.
Re M (unreported). Provided detailed advice pre-proceedings to a parent with 3 children who were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Represented her in care proceedings led by Mr Ekaney QC.
Court of Protection
Re G  EWHC 2512 (COP),  EWCA Civ 822 and  EWHC 621 (Fam)