'variously described as "extraordinary," "a guru," and "almost a celebrity in this world."'
"excellent and approachable." Chambers UK 2013: Chancery Traditional
"an intelligent and strategic thinker "
Legal 500 2012
"he is the big name in this field who everybody wants." Chambers UK 2013: Court of Protection
"a true doyen" of finance and affairs work. .. variously described as "extraordinary," "a guru," and "almost a celebrity in this world." He has been involved in many ground-breaking reported decisions, including the first ever concerning statutory wills. Chambers UK 2012: Court of Protection
he has a "willingness to make himself readily available in spite of a heavy caseload" and a "brilliant mind." Chambers UK 2012 : Chancery Traditional
'generates real personal chemistry between himself and those he represents'
Chambers UK 2011
'offers helpful and blessedly jargon-free advice'
Chambers UK 2010
‘knowledge of Court of Protection matters is ahead of the competition’, and ‘his calm and level-headed advice always impresses’
Legal 500 2010
David Rees has a traditional Chancery background specialising in the following areas:
David’s practice encompasses all aspects of wills, estates and trusts. On the contentious side he regularly appears before judges of the Chancery Division and is experienced in contentious probate claims, applications for financial provision and applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958. In one long-running case he is acting for a judicial trustee in relation to the administration of a substantial estate with a number of cross-jurisdictional issues. David is also experienced in “undue influence” cases, an area of law which he has argued before the Court of Appeal. His non-contentious practice includes the provision of advice of capital taxation and the drafting of settlements and their ancillary documents.
David has a particular interest in issues surrounding elderly clients and incapacity. He has established a reputation as a leading practitioner in Court of Protection work, and is regularly instructed by leading firms of private client solicitors and the Official Solicitor.
He is a member of the Court of Protection Users Group, and was on the working parties set up to draft and review the Court of Protection Rules 2007. He is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice and regularly lectures to audiences around the country on Court of Protection issues.
David was appointed as a Recorder in July 2012 to sit on criminal cases in the South-Eastern circuit.
David is one of only five barristers (three at 5 Stone Buildings) recommended in Band 1 of traditional Chancery juniors in Chambers 2011. He is also in The Legal 500 for Private Client (personal tax, trust and probate).
David's notable cases include:
David is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Chancery Bar Association. He is also an Honorary Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
David is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice. He regularly writes for various professional journals and he was a contributor to the Law Society's Elderly Client Handbook (published 2004).
David frequently lectures on issues relating to the Court of Protection. Recent audiences have included STEP London Branch, the Solicitors’ for the Elderly Annual Conference and leading private client solicitors’ firms.
David took a keen interest in the reforms that led to the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He was a member of the Rules Group that advised on the drafting of the new Court of Protection Rules, and is currently a member of the Court Users’ Group.