David practices in all aspects of family law, including the following areas:
- Ancillary relief (financial remedy), in both high and modest net worth cases;
- Child abduction, both domestic and international;
- Children (Private Law), including contact and residence disputes, parental responsibility disputes, and relocation applications;
- Children (Public Law), including supervision order, care order and special guardianship applications;
- Civil partnerships, and all financial matters arising;
- Divorce and nullity, including recission of decree applications, and bigamy and public policy matters;
- Domestic Violence & Injunctions, particularly occupation order and non-molestation order applications under the Family Law Act 1996, and applications under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and
- Modern Families
David strives to bring a positive and pragmatic approach to all his cases; and has considerable experience in working with vulnerable clients.
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
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  Fam Law 618
Variation of Nominal Periodical Payment Orders  Fam Law 1009
L v L: Sharing Non-Matrimonial Assets  Fam Law 1105
Forum Shopping and the Closed Shop: Agbaje  Fam Law 602
Coping With the Litigant In Person: Tips for Early Ancillary Relief Hearings  Fam Law 1031
David works with the Bar Standards Board in setting and marking the Pupillage Ethics Exam for all new barristers.
David is a committee member of Cancer Research UK (Mayfair and St James’s), having organised many fundraising events; also providing legal advice.
Some of David’s reported cases are listed below, by area of law.
Children (Public Law)
Re N (Children: Care Orders)  EWFC B194
OCC v K (Care Orders)  EWFC B52
Re X  EWFC B85
Children (Private Law)
H v R (Habitual Residence in Pakistan)  EWHC 2024 (Fam)
Children (Parental Responsibility)
Re C & A (Acquisition and Discharge of Parental Responsibility by an Unmarried Father)  EWHC 516 (Fam)
Seiden v Fularon  EWCA Civ 1548