Professional practice

David has a broad commercial practice, focusing on large scale international litigation including, in particular, commercial fraud and international arbitration. The legal directories recognise him as “a rising star” and “an enormously impressive advocate”.

His areas of expertise include general commercial litigation, civil fraud, arbitration, insurance, and commercial chancery disputes.

David acts as junior counsel, and as a sole advocate and advisor, in relation to substantial litigation in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and Court of Appeal, as well as in International Arbitrations. He also has experience of litigation in a variety of offshore jurisdictions.

The 2016 edition of the Legal 500 recommends David as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Civil Fraud. He is also recommended as a leading junior for both Civil Fraud and Commercial Chancery work in the 2016 edition of Chambers UK.

In 2012, David was named as one of Legal Week’s “Ten Stars of the Junior Bar”.

 

 

What others say

“A rising star” (Legal 500 2016 – Commercial litigation)

“He is very bright and produces excellent written submissions and pleadings” (Legal 500 2016 – Fraud: Civil)

“An up-and-coming star – bright, commercial and understands where clients are coming from” (Legal 500 2016 – International Arbitration: Counsel)

“A very good pleader who gets to grips with the facts and is accessible and commercially minded” (Chambers 2016 – Commercial Chancery)

“He is very impression when delivering oral submissions” (Chambers 2016 – Fraud: Civil)

“He is an enormously impressive advocate. Cool and clear in his advice, he has a thorough grasp of the law.” (Chambers 2015 – Commercial Chancery)

“A rising star whose quality of work is often beyond his level of call. He is able to distil complex facts into clear and concise arguments.” (Chambers 2015 – Commercial Chancery)

“A bright and commercial lawyer who is creative and effective in the use of his legal knowledge and skills.” (Chambers 2015 – Civil Fraud)

“Impressive when delivering oral submissions, he regularly outshines his opponents.” (Chambers 2015 – Civil Fraud)”

“He rolls up his sleeves and brings a tremendous analytical approach.” (Legal 500 2014 – Civil Fraud)

“We throw him in at the deep end on large cases and he comes through with flying colours. He rolls his sleeves up, gets on with it and is not afraid to speak his mind on strategic points.” (Chambers 2014 – Commercial Chancery)

“He is very impressive when delivering oral submissions, and outshines his opponent on every occasion” (Chambers 2014 – Commercial Chancery)

“Very impressive when delivering oral submissions” (Chambers 2014- Civil Fraud) “Very bright and very good on paper” (Chambers 2014 – Civil Fraud

“Extremely bright” (legal 500 2013- Civil Fraud) “Technically excellent” (Legal 500 2013 – Insolvency)

Examples of notable cases

Hosking v Apax Partners LLP (Chancery Division): Acting for the Defendants to €900m claims arising out of the collapse of a Greek mobile telecoms company.

In the matter of the Libyan Investment Authority (Commercial Court) Acting in respect of an ongoing dispute over the control of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.

Tartsinis v Navona [2015] EWHC 57 (Comm): Appeared as sole counsel for the Claimant in a week long Commercial Court Trial. The case concerned the proper interpretation of a sale and purchase agreement relating to a company operating a fleet of ships.

Blue Holdings v Unites States of America [2014] EWCA Civ 1291: Appearing for the Appellants in their successful appeal against a worldwide freezing order obtained by the US Government.

JPC SPC 4 & Another v Schools & Others (Chancery division): Acting for the Receivers of a Cayman Islands fund in relation to £100m fraud claim.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al-Refai & others: Acting for one of the Defendants to claim for breach of confidence/conspiracy worth in excess of $500m.

FXCM v Digby [2013] EWHC 762 (Comm): Acted for the Claimant options broker in respect of a claim arising out of trading losses suffered by the Defendant customer.

VTB Capital v Nutritek & Others [2012] EWCA Civ 808: Acted for the Claimant in a complex jurisdictional dispute relating to a US$350m fraud claim.

Arbitration & related court applications

Acting for Insurers in numerous coverage disputes determined by way of Bermuda Form arbitration

Acting for the Respondent to an LCIA arbitration concerning the financing of a Ukrainian fruit juice producer

Acting for the Respondent to an LCIA Arbitration concerning oil trading in the Ukraine

Acting for the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration concerning an agreement for the International supply of pharmaceutical products

Acting for the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration concerning the acquisition of a construction company operating in Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar

Acting for insurers (as sole counsel) in a successful Commercial Court application for an anti suit injunction restraining US proceedings brought in violation of an English Arbitration clause

Civil Fraud & asset tracing

Hosking v Apax Partners LLP (Chancery Division): Acting for the Defendants to €900m claims arising out of the collapse of a Greek mobile telecoms company

Dynami v Chiriboga & Others (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimant in a $35m fraud claim arising out of the acquisition of a power generating barge in Ecuador.

LKB v Antonov (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimant in a £70m fraud claim arising out of the collapse of one of the largest retail banks in Latvia

Acting for the Claimant in relation to confidential applications for Norwich Pharmacal (and associated) relief in a dispute relating to an insolvent Bank.

JP SPC4 v Schools & Others (Chancery Division): Acting the Claimant in a £110m fraud claim arising out of the collapse of a Cayman Island Investment fund

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al-Refai & others: Acting for one of the Defendants to claim for breach of confidence/conspiracy worth in excess of $500m

VTB Capital v Nutritek & Others [2012] EWCA Civ 808: Appeared for the Claimant in the Court of Appeal in a complex jurisdictional dispute relating to a US$350m fraud claim

Commercial Chancery Disputes

In the matter of Dragon Capital: Instructed in connection with an ongoing BVI shareholder dispute

Tsiattalou v Tsiattalou (Commercial Court): Acting for the Claimants in a shareholders dispute concerning ownership and control over a very substantial bakery business.

Re: MBRSS Group (Chancery Division): Appearing (as sole counsel) for the successful Claimant in an application to restrain presentation of a winding up petition

Williams v Blundell (Chancery Division): Appearing (as sole counsel) for the successful Defendant in a three day trial of claims under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

In the matter of Beppler & Jacobson Ltd: Acting for the provisional liquidator (appointed in the context of an ongoing shareholders dispute) of a company responsible for operating a hotel in Montenegro.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

In the matter of the Libyan Investment Authority (Commercial Court) Acting in respect of an ongoing dispute over the control of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.

Tartsinis v Navona [2015] EWHC 57 (Comm): Appeared as sole counsel for the Claimant in a week long Commercial Court Trial. The case concerned the proper interpretation of an agreement for the sale of shares in a company operating a fleet of ships.

Blue Holdings v Unites States of America [2014] EWCA Civ 1291: Appearing for the Appellants in their successful appeal against a worldwide freezing order obtained by the US Government.

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al-Refai & others: Acting for one of the Defendants to claim for breach of confidence/conspiracy worth in excess of $500m.

BPL Broadcasting v International Broadcasting Convention (Comm): Acting for the Defendant to a claim arising out of the operation of an International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

FXCM v Digby [2013] EWHC 762 (Comm): Acted for the Claimant options broker in respect of a claim arising out of trading losses suffered by the Defendant customer.

Company & Insolvency law

David has extensive experience of Civil Fraud and Commercial Chancery Claims (see above). In the course of acting in relation to these claims, he has dealt with a wide range of Company and Insolvency Law issues.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Acting for Insurers in numerous coverage disputes determined by way of Bermuda Form arbitration.

Acting for Insurers in a £125m Bermuda Form arbitration concerning liability arising out of mass tort litigation in the USA.

Acting for insurers (as sole counsel) in a successful Commercial Court application for an anti suit injunction restraining US proceedings brought in violation of an English Arbitration clause.

Off Shore Litigation

In the matter of Dragon Capital: Instructed in connection with an ongoing BVI shareholder dispute.

Doraville v AG of Jersey: Instructed by the applicant in relation to an application to discharge a $300m freezing order obtained by the Attorney General of Jersey pursuant to Jersey anti money laundering legislation.

In the matter of Axiom Legal Financing Fund: Advising the receivers of a Cayman Island investment fund in relation to a number of issues/claims arising out of the fund’s collapse into Insolvency.

Advising the liquidators of a Cayman Island Hedge Fund on the effect of the liquidation on options granted over the fund’s assets.

 

Advising the shareholders of a BVI company on an application for appointment of a provisional liquidator made by certain other shareholders.

Education

2005 Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) BVC (Very Competent)
2004 BA (Law) (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) Semi Finalist- World Universities’ Debating Championships
2003 Elected Scholar of Trinity Hall, Cambridge