David was appointed Queens Counsel in March 2013. He also practices as mediator. David's practice concentrates on complex jurisdictional disputes and the international aspects of the movement of children, including child abduction, international relocation and contact and the enforcement of foreign orders. He also acts in complex residence and contact cases and in public law cases with an international element in particular involving the placement of children abroad or jurisdictional issues. In recent years he has appeared in the first family case from England to be referred to the CJEU and the first child abduction case to be heard by the UK Supreme Court. His work in these two cases led to him being awarded the Chambers and Partners Family Junior of the Year award in October 2011 when he was described as a supremo in international cases and was commended for his insightful advocacy and penetrating cross examination. He has acted in cases in the CJEU, UK Supreme Court, US Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights as well as the Court of Appeal and HIgh Court, many of which have involved signficant developments in the law and have been reported. His approach to his work combines seeking consensual solutions where possible and rigorous pursuit of litigaiton where that is not possible. Strategic thinking, team leadership, comprehensive preparation, focussed and pragmatic advocacy and client support are his strengths.
Member of the PCC of the BSB. FLBA. International Family Law Committee. Society of Labour Lawyers: Executive Committee and Chair of the Family Group
1986-89 Legal Aid Board. Called 1990. Moved to 4 Paper Buildings in 2000.
David is the author of a blog: http://internationalfamilylaw-dw.blogspot.com/. David is a Consultant Editor of the International Children Law Information Portal and a Contributing Author to Butterworth’s Family Law Service. David lectures and writes regularly. Recent lectures include talks to EU judges and to Family Division and Court of Appeal Judges.
Recreations: Vintage motorbikes, Mountain biking and history.