Practice Profile


David practises in all aspects of private family law, with a focus on the financial aspects on divorce and relationship breakdown between cohabitants.


David is familiar with conducting remote hearings including contested final hearings and FDRs during the current epidemic.


David also undertakes work involving private law disputes concerning parental contact with and the living arrangements for children.


David has represented clients at all levels of the Family Court, including as a junior in the Supreme Court and in both finance and children proceedings in the High Court and County Courts.


David’s financial work includes cases relating to high net worth clients involving in excess of £10 million in assets, family companies, and several cases involving family farms.  


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


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



Reported cases

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)


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



Articles and Publications

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


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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