Areas of Expertise

David has been instructed in the full range of care cases, including those involving:

  • Where one parent has killed another.
  • Where a parent has attempted to kill a child.
  • Terrorism, including families travelling, or intending to travel, to Syria.
  • Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Factitious Illness.
  • Familial Sexual Abuse.
  • Non-accidental injuries of all levels of severity, including brain injuries and where life-changing injuries have been occasioned to children.
  • Substance misuse and addiction.

He has extensive experience of the many complex legal problems which arise in such cases, including:

  • Finding of Fact hearings involving large numbers of parties and interveners.
  • Cases involving conflicting expert opinions.
  • Vulnerable parties and witnesses (including children).
  • Designated Local Authority arguments.
  • Cases involving foreign nationals and immigration issues.
  • Cases with interlinked criminal proceedings and resolving cross-disclosure issues.
  • Wardship.

David has been instructed in matters before the Court of Appeal and is regularly instructed in the High Court.

Notable cases:

Re C (Children) [2008] EWCA Civ 1331

Re V-Z (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 475



LLB (Hons) Law & Politics (Cardiff)


Family Law Bar Association

Midland Circuit

Grays Inn

Relevant Articles

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