David joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in October 2015 following successful completion of his pupillage.
He is developing a practice across all of Chamber’s main specializations: EU, public law, human rights, competition, commercial regulatory, and indirect taxes.
David is often commended on the quality of his drafting and legal research. He recently acted for the People’s Challenge in the Article 50 case before the Supreme Court.
David was a pupil to Meredith Pickford QC, Gerry Facenna QC, and Laura John.
Prior to coming to the bar, David read Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford, obtaining the highest First in the University. David also scored the highest marks on the Graduate Diploma in Law (shared) and the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School.
- Competition and Regulatory Law
David’s experience of telecoms regulation litigation includes:
British Telecommunications v Office of Communications (BCMR)  CAT 25 – acted for BT in a successful challenge to Ofcom’s determination of Market Definition in the Business Connectivity market.
R. (on the application of British Telecommunications Plc) v Office of Communications  EWHC 3376 (Admin) – acted for BT in challenge to regulation of auction of 2.3 and 3.4 GHz mobile spectrum.
David has provided advice to a range of clients on their rights and responsibilities under Competition Law including:
- Advice on the applicability of Article 101 TFEU to a commercial agreement
- Advice on bringing actions for abuse of dominance
- Advice on the duties of public bodies under Article 106 TFEU
During pupillage, David also assisted in advising leading telecoms and electricity providers on bringing challenges against industry regulators. He also assisted in follow-on damages actions on both the claimant and defendant sides.
David also updated the chapter on Competition Rules and Acts of Member States for the forthcoming 8th edition of Bellamy and Child (to be published in May 2018).
- Public, European, Human Rights
Notable cases include:
- R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  UKSC 5 – acted for the People’s Challenge, interested parties, in the Secretary of State’s appeal to the Supreme Court in the Article 50 case
- R (Miah) v The Independent Police Complaints Commission  EWHC 3310 (Admin) – acted for the Claimant with Stephen Cragg QC
During pupillage, David assisted Gerry Facenna in:
- Ordanduu & Optimus Mobile v Phonepay Plus Ltd a successful damages action brought against the regulator for premium rate services for breach of the Electronic Services Directive;
- Hampshire v The Board of the Pension Protection Fund a claim to enforce European obligations to safeguard the pensions of company employee.
During pupillage, David volunteered at Leigh Day Solicitors, assisting their Human Rights team.
David has been instructed in relation to indirect tax cases pending before both the First Tier Tribunal and the Administrative Court.
During pupillage, David also worked on a range of VAT and indirect tax issues including:
- The definition of taxable services
- Missing trader fraud
- State Aid in relation to indirect taxes
- The application of the Lennartz Mechanism
- Additional Information
BA in Classics, Magdalen College, Oxford, First Class Honours, First in year
GDL, City Law School, Distinction, First in year (joint)
BPTC, City Law School, Outstanding, First in year, scoring one of highest ever marks.
David is a member of the Bar European Group.
David has been awarded a range of scholarships including: Phoenicia Scholarship, Bar European Group; Senior Scarman Scholarship, City Law School; Beddingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn; Anne Shaw Scholarship, Magdalen College, Oxford in addition to winning many academic prizes. He previously enjoyed an international debating career.
David has a good understanding of French.