Practice Profile

David practises in all areas of Family Law. David has represented clients at all levels of the Family Court, including as second junior for the Respondent in In the Matter of A (Children) (AP) [2013] UKSC 60 in the Supreme Court and in both finance and children proceedings in the High Court and County Courts.


David’s recent financial work includes cases relating to high net worth clients in excess of £10 million in assets, family companies, and several cases involving family farms.   David also undertakes private and public Children Law work, and has experience of acting for parents, local authorities, and children’s guardians.


David also appears in TOLATA disputes between cohabitant partners, Family Law Act 1996 injunction applications and has acted in several cases involving wardship and international child abduction. 


In addition to his court-based practice, David has wide experience of writing opinions and of drafting documents and pleadings in all of the above areas. 


David writes on the law of nuptial agreements in collaboration with Douglas Allen for the Practical Law Company (Thomson Reuters) and is happy to receive instructions to draft or advise on pre- or post-nuptial agreements.


Reported cases

Re C (Long term foster care or adoption) [2017] EWFC B74 (for the child)


In the matter of L (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1727 (at first instance, for the mother)


JEG v IS [2014] EWHC 287 (FAM) (for the mother)


In the matter of A (Children) (AP) [2013] UKSC 60 reported as: A v A [2013] 1 W.L.R. 761; The Times 15 October 2013 (with Henry Setright QC and Edward Devereux for the father)


Articles and Publications

Contributor, Practical Law Company (Thomson Reuters) with Douglas Allen, on nuptial agreements


Prenup Round-up: The Latest Developments (Solicitors Journal, SJ 159/25, 30 June 2015)


Pre-Nuptial agreements: developments since Radmacher (Family Law Week, 2012)


Determining ownership of property between a spouse and a third party in ancillary relief proceedings - Goldstone v Goldstone (Family Law Week, 2011)



Scholarships and Awards

Wigglesworth Pupillage Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn (2010)


Lord Brougham Scholar and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn (2009)


Manners Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2005)



Professional Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn 


The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Ad Eundem)


Family Law Bar Association


Association of Lawyers for Children




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