David is a Commercial Dispute Resolution partner and a solicitor-advocate based in London.
He graduated from Edinburgh University with honours in law in 1984 and qualified in Scotland in 1987 and in England and Wales in 1992. He called to the English Bar in 1994.
His area of practice is energy and regulatory law. He is ranked in the Chambers, Legal 500 and Chambers Europe directories as a leading expert in dispute resolution. His recent ranking includes: “an excellent advocate who conjoins an extremely pragmatic and realistic outlook with a warm personality, leaving clients reassured that they are in safe hands”.
David has acted in a wide range of cases involving international disputes and has represented clients in the UK courts at all levels, in mediations and in international arbitrations, including ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA. David has significant international experience in the oil and gas industry, having formerly been in-house Legal Counsel for Schlumberger in Paris. He is the Europe/Africa Director of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
He has extensive experience of regulatory law, including health, safety, and environmental law. He has acted for companies and individuals in a wide range of criminal prosecutions.
David lectures widely in his specialist areas of practice and is a contributor to Butterworth’s Corporate Liability (Oil and Gas Chapter), Tolley’s Health and Safety, Green’s Employment Law and is a case law editor of Redgrave's Health and Safety. He co-authored the 1998 Human Rights Act 1998 Explained.