David has wide-ranging experience of dispute resolution in oil & gas, international trading, shipping, construction and general commercial litigation. His clients include major oil & gas companies, rig, FPSO and vessel owners, offshore service contractors, oil, gas, products, chemicals, coal, metals, paper, and commodity traders, and Clubs.
As well as High Court/Commercial Court/Appellate Court litigation, David has significant arbitration experience particularly in large value cross-border arbitrations. David is available to accept appointments as arbitrator or mediator in oil & gas, shipping and trading matters. David also has extensive experience in matters ancillary to arbitration, including obtaining freezing injunctions in support of arbitration, enforcing Awards, obtaining and defending security for costs orders, obtaining final interim awards on an expedited basis, and challenging enforcement of defective awards.
In light of obtaining over 5 significant victories in Court or Arbitration in the year David was shortlisted for Litigation Team of the Year 2017 by each of Legal 500 and Legal Business.
David is Chair of the firm's Energy Practice Group, co-head of Oil & Gas, and has previously sat on the Marine and International Trade Executive. He has sponsored a number of partners, including Eleanor Coates, Rebecca Armstrong, Mark Walsh and Andrew Rourke, through to partnership and often works as lead in a team of partners when bench-strength is required for purposes of expedition or to ensure victory at Trial. David has served on the firm's Management Board, and had supervision of the HR function during the significant and successful merger with Barlow's. He served for several years as a Board Director of the Aden Container Terminal. David was awarded a scholarship in law and university prize at Cambridge and has been named one of the top 10 lawyers in the Lloyd's List.
David is ranked as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 for Shipping.