LL.B (Hons) – University of London
LL.M Employment – Law University of Middlesex
BVC – Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent)
David practices principally in the fields of equality and discrimination law, public law and human rights. He has extensive experience in employment and discrimination law and has represented in various cases across the different strands of anti discrimination legislation. He is regularly instructed in multi day discrimination cases dealing with complex and intricate points of law. He is one of the Equality and Human Rights Commission preferred counsel and works closely with a number of law centres providing specialist advice to discrimination caseworkers funded by the EHRC. David has built a broad practice covering all aspects of discrimination in the employment and non-employment fields. He is regularly instructed by various NGO’s, EHRC, trade unions and individuals alike. 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.
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 was recently instructed in a 4-day multi track case 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.
David has a growing appellate practice and regularly appears in the appellate courts. He appeared as Junior Counsel (led by Karon Monaghan QC) in the very important case of Pieretti v London Borough Enfield  EWCA Civ 1104, concerning the application of the equality duties contained in s.49A Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to individual decisions made by local housing authorities under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and is currently instructed in another matter concerning the application of the public sector equality duty in the fields of housing and services and public functions which is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal in 2012. Other notable cases include: Chatwal v Wandsworth BC EqLR  939 EAT (group disadvantage in indirect discrimination), Mahood v Irish Centre Housing Ltd EqLR  586 EAT (employer's liability for harassment by an agency worker), Martin v Devonshire Solicitors  I.C.R. 352 EAT (Victimisation) and Simpson v Endsleigh Insurance Services  I.C.R. 75 EAT (Meaning of Reg 10 (3) MPLR 1999).
David has ten years experience working in a Local Housing Authority dealing with homelessness, housing and council tax benefit applications. He has a firm understanding of the practical issues facing potential claimants This coupled with his extensive discrimination background allows for creative solutions. David has a particular interest in homelessness and allocations claims that raise issues of public law and engages the public sector equality duties. He is regularly instructed on judicial reviews and s.204 HA 1996 appeals as well as claims for possession, nuisance, unlawful eviction, anti social behaviour injunctions, disrepair, mortgage repossession actions and unlawful discrimination. He is currently instructed on a matter before the Court of Appeal concerning a public authority’s failure to make reasonable adjustments before seeking and obtaining an anti social behaviour injunction which was later withdrawn because the claimant lacked capacity. He has a keen interest in injunctions or possession proceedings arising from anti-social behaviour and transfers and allocations regarding individuals with physical impairments who require wheelchair accessible properties. He has acted for a number of clients in these areas who suffered with serious mental or physical impairments giving rise to potential challenges under the public sector equality duties contained in s.149 of the Equality Act 2010.
Prior to coming to the Bar David worked at the Lambeth Law Centre in its London Discrimination Unit where he honed his skills and established himself as a discrimination lawyer. 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. David devised and conducted the London Discrimination Unit’s training programme. He regularly delivers training to barristers, solicitors and caseworkers in employment and discrimination law. He provides specialist advice to law centre solicitors and caseworkers funded by the EHRC.
Since joining Chambers, David has set up and co-ordinates the 1MCB General Employment Pro-Bono Scheme providing support and representation to a number of law centres and voluntary organisations in 1-day employment tribunal hearings. David is an active member of the Employment Law Appeal Advisory Service and frequently acts for appellants.
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David is a connoisseur of football who enjoys travelling and having fun.