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David is recommended by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in employment. He practices principally in the fields of equality and discrimination law, public law and human rights. He "Specialises in discrimination disputes of all flavours, and is very highly rated by his clients and peers for his stylish advocacy, clear thinking and extensive experience."

He has an excellent manner with clients and an astute understanding of the sensitivities surrounding discrimination claims. His meticulous and tenacious approach has secured high-value settlements for his clients.

He has extensive experience in employment and discrimination law and is regularly instructed in high-value multi-day discrimination cases dealing with complex and intricate issues of fact and law. He was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission list of preferred counsel in 2015 and works closely with a number of law centres providing specialist advice to their discrimination caseworkers.

David has developed a broad practice covering all aspects of discrimination in the employment and non-employment fields. His employment tribunal practice covers all types of discrimination including equal pay and maternity rights. He is regularly instructed in various aspects of employment litigation including whistle blowing claims, TUPE transfers, constructive/unfair dismissal and redundancy. More recently, David acted for the successful claimants in Shields v Chief Constable of Surrey Police (disability discrimination concerning the removal of a firearms license from a police marksman) and Burden v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary (indirect sex discrimination concerning the recruitment and posting criteria applied to the claimant).

David’s non-employment work consists of discrimination in the fields of services and public functions, housing and education. He appears regularly before the county court and has represented clients in both fast and multi track cases concerning direct and indirect race discrimination, harassment, victimisation and failure to make reasonable adjustments. David is particularly interested in disability discrimination and holding public bodies to account under the public sector equality duties contained in s.149 EqA 2010.

He is "A brilliant discrimination advocate. His strength lies in being creative and resourceful with case law (Chambers and Partners 2016). David is "A formidable opponent, a polished and persuasive advocate, and a tough negotiator who goes the extra mile for his clients" (Legal 500 2015). His client care is “second to none” (Legal 500 2014).

Before becoming a barrister, David worked at the Lambeth Law Centre in its London Discrimination Unit where he honed his skills and established himself as a discrimination practitioner.

David regularly delivers training to barristers, solicitors and caseworkers in employment and discrimination law, and has for the last four years conducted awareness training to Employment Judges as part of its four-day Social Context residential training course at Highgate House. He provides specialist advice to law centre solicitors and caseworkers funded by the EHRC.

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