With more than 25 years’ experience as an advocate in care proceedings and disputes between parents about their children, David is increasingly specialising in representing children. He represents children and young people acting with or without a Children’s Guardian in public and private law proceedings. He has a special interest in advising and appearing for teenage clients.
David frequently acts for children whose parents are vulnerable as a result of learning difficulties, mental health or capacity issues. David, who has a Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences, often appears in cases involving complex medical evidence. Human Rights issues and arguments arise in many of David’s cases.
David’s experience of international movement of children includes Hague Convention applications and other international child abduction cases; Brussels II revised matters; cases with immigration issues; and adoptions with a foreign element.
David also has experience of Wardship proceedings and other inherent jurisdiction cases in the High Court including disputes concerning medical treatment without consent and deprivation of liberty issues. David has also appeared in the Court of Protection and at Mental Health Review Tribunals.
Between 1978 and 1986 David worked at the National Youth Bureau and in the Juvenile Crime Unit at the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO). He is a former chairman of the Children’s Legal Centre.
Adult and Social Care
LLB – University of Birmingham 1975
Bar Exams – College of Law 1976
Dip FMS (2011) (Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences)
Association of Lawyers for Children
Family Law Bar Association
Mental Health Review Tribunal Judge since 1995
A London Borough v A
 EWHC 2203 (Fam)
SJ and Another v JJ and Another
 EWHC 3450 (Fam)
Re A (Father: Knowledge of Child’s Birth)
EWCA Civ 273,  2 FLR 123
Re A (Suspended Residence Order)
 EWHC 1576 (Fam);  1 FLR 1679
T (A Child)
 EWCA Civ 20