Called to the Bar in July 1984 by Lincoln’s Inn, David practised in the Chambers of Philip Rueff at 2 King’s Bench Walk until 1991; the Chambers of Philip Sapsford QC at Goldsmith Building until 2001; and at 42BR ever since. David is a Commercial and Chancery practitioner who has garnered extensive experience of all manner of problems arising in the course of both the profitable pursuit, and occasional failure, of every form of commercial activity. David qualified as an Arbitrator in 2002; and in 2003 was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
In 1994 David was one of the “new wave” of barristers introducing structured advocacy training into England & Wales; and who in 1995 was part of the team invited to South Africa to assist in the introduction of post-Apartheid legal training. In 1996 David designed and implemented the Pupils’ advocacy training course for Lincoln’s Inn; which has been running tri-annually ever since, and a compulsory component for the acquisition of Rights of Audience. In 1999 David introduced the “moderated debate” method of instruction in legal professional ethics, now a compulsory component of the Bar Standard Board’s requirements for continuing professional development. David has been a Lead Trainer and Course Director for the Advocacy Training Council since its inception; a panel member authorised to assess standards of advocacy teaching by the Bar Professional Training Course Providers; and, by invitation, an advocacy and ethics trainer in jurisdictions abroad which have retained or adopted the Common Law system.