“The first choice for complex and high-value matters.”
David was appointed Queen’s Counsel in February 2017. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in Court of Protection work. His practice has developed from a traditional Chancery background, and in addition to his Court of Protection expertise David specialises in the following areas; trusts, wills and probate, family provision, proprietary estoppel, administration of estates, setting aside transactions for example by reason of mental incapacity and undue influence and related professional negligence.
David has a particular interest in issues surrounding elderly clients and incapacity. In Court of Protection cases he is regularly instructed by leading firms of private client solicitors and the Official Solicitor. His practice extends to both property and affairs and welfare cases and he has been instructed in many of the leading cases exploring the international and cross-border elements of the Court of Protection’s jurisdiction. David is the Vice-Chair of the Court of Protection Bar Association. He is also a member of the Court of Protection Rules Committee and a Ministry of Justice Working Group currently reviewing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice.
He is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice.
David’s practice also 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. 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 was appointed as a Recorder in 2012 and was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018.