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David Dabbs

Call 1984
Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email david.dabbs@42br.com


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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.


  • “David provides advice, drafting and representation for a comprehensive range of problems that arise in the course of the ownership and exploitation of all kinds of property”

Professional memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Southeast Circuit


  • ‘A Club Now Open to Everyone’ – Interest on Commercial Debts: (2002) 152 NLJ 1361
  • ‘Ropewalking in a Straightjacket – Confidentiality, ‘Dirty Money’ & Disclosure’: (2002) 152 NLJ 1537
  • ‘The Risk of Mistake in Contract’ – The trial & execution of Solle v Butcher: (2002) 152 NLJ 1654
  • ‘Justice & the ‘Denver Boot’ – Freezing Orders in the County Court: (2002) 152 NLJ 1780
  • ‘Allocation of Risk and the Non-Reliance Clause:’ (2003) 153 NLJ 12
  • ‘Banking on a Proper Job’ – The Lender’s Perspective of Etridge (No.2): (2003) 153 NLJ 831
  • ‘The Judicial View of Bias (Part 1)’: (2003) 153 NLJ 957
  • ‘The Judicial View of Bias (Part 2)’: (2003) 153 NLJ 976
  • ‘Fairness and the Magician’s Hat’ – Judgment by Surprise: (2003) 153 NLJ 1436
  • ‘Taking the Sledgehammer to the Nut’ – The Civil Restraint Order: (2003) 153 NLJ 1555
  • ‘Experts or Charlatans?’ – The Advocate’s Approach to Expert Evidence: (2003) 153 NLJ 1742
  • ‘The Cautious Banker’ – The irrevocable nature of CHAPS: (2004) 154 NLJ 1191
  • ‘Mortgage Shortfalls’ – Drawing the Line: (2004) 154 NLJ 1370
  • ‘Shutting the Stable Door’ – Limitation & Abuse of Process (2009) 159 NLJ 1216
  • ‘Hot-tubbing’ – Concurrent Expert Testimony (2009) 159 NLJ 1632


  • LLB Manchester
  • Bar Finals 1984
  • Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn
  • Award Writing (Paper II), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Scholarships and Awards

  • Thomas More Bursary 1984
  • Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn since 2003

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