David is a specialist employment lawyer whose practice encompasses the full array of Tribunal, EAT, High Court and Court of Appeal litigation. David also accepts instructions in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters.
Frequently instructed by a wide variety of private sector respondents, David’s clients include banks and other blue chip companies. David often acts on behalf of public employers including central government departments, local government, the police and fire authorities. David also represents employees at senior executive level and trade unions or their members.
David is a regular speaker at employment seminars, including the frequent updates offered to practitioners by St Philips Chambers and events organised by external training providers.
Appeared for the respondent fire authority in high profile and very lengthy race discrimination claim pursued by a senior officer, including contemporary and historic allegations; all claims dismissed.
Represented the claimant, a senior manager accountant and partnership candidate, in sex and pregnancy discrimination claims pursued against a Big Four accountancy firm. A finding in the claimant’s favour was made on liability and after the remedy hearing went part-heard, the claim was settled for a substantial sum.
Represented the respondent probation trust in highly sensitive race and religious discrimination claims, all of which were dismissed following a full merits hearing.
Instructed on behalf of eminent consultant surgeon, the defendant in a civil unjust enrichment claim pursued by his employing NHS trust to recover alleged overpayment of salary. All claims dismissed.
Successfully defended the respondent local authority in complex equally pay and sex discrimination claims brought by a senior officer. This was a test case and claims by other claimants were withdrawn in light of the decision.
- Davies v Sandwell MBC  EWCA Civ 135,  IRLR 374 CA
- Johnson v Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust  EqLR 621
- CA Waller v Bromsgrove District Council  UKEAT/0019/07
- Samrai v United Co-operative  UKEAT/0174/07,  All ER (D) 21 (Nov)
Employment in the High Court
In the High Court David’s practice is focused primarily on restraint of trade, from advising on the drafting of restrictive covenants, through to enforcement by way of injunctive proceedings and the recovery of damages.
David’s practice also covers the civil court jurisdiction in relation to discrimination legislation and breach of contract claims arising from or connected to the employment relationship.
Instructed on behalf of eminent consultant surgeon, the defendant in a civil unjust enrichment claim pursued by his employing NHS trust in the County Court to recover alleged overpayment of salary. All claims dismissed.