David practices in all aspects of family law, including the following areas:

David strives to bring a positive and pragmatic approach to all his cases; and has considerable experience in working with vulnerable clients.

Direct Access

David regularly undertakes Direct Access work: providing advice in conference, drafting, through to representation at Court.


David has been an SPC-accredited mediator since 2011, mediating in civil and family disputes. He has a particular expertise in multi-party disputes.


MA Oxon, Philosophy and Theology, Oxford University
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL / CPE), City Law School


The City University Scholarship 2002
The Lord Denning Scholarship 2003


Family Law Bar Association
The Lord Denning Society
Lincoln’s Inn


David’s primary interest is music: he has trained to play several musical instruments and has performed his own compositions in concerts. He enjoys travelling Europe to hear performances: especially opera festivals. His favourite composer is Wagner, though he will happily listen to anything except Mozart.


Some of David’s paper publications include:

Non-matrimonial Property and Spousal Maintenance: H v H [2007] Fam Law 618
Variation of Nominal Periodical Payment Orders [2007] Fam Law 1009
L v L: Sharing Non-Matrimonial Assets [2007] Fam Law 1105
Forum Shopping and the Closed Shop: Agbaje [2009] Fam Law 602
Coping With the Litigant In Person: Tips for Early Ancillary Relief Hearings [2013] Fam Law 1031

Professional Activities

David works with the Bar Standards Board in setting and marking the Pupillage Ethics Exam for all new barristers.

Charitable Activities

David is a committee member of Cancer Research UK (Mayfair and St James’s), having organised many fundraising events; also providing legal advice.

Practice Areas


Some of David’s reported cases are listed below, by area of law.

Children (Public Law)

Re N (Children: Care Orders) [2014] EWFC B194

OCC v K (Care Orders) [2021] EWFC B52

Re X [2021] EWFC B85

Children (Private Law)

H v R (Habitual Residence in Pakistan) [2021] EWHC 2024 (Fam)

Children (Parental Responsibility)

Re C & A (Acquisition and Discharge of Parental Responsibility by an Unmarried Father) [2023] EWHC 516 (Fam)

Financial Remedy

Seiden v Fularon [2008] EWCA Civ 1548