Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 2006

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Personal Injury
Professional Negligence
Public Inquiries


David was called to the Bar in 2006. He has specialised in public inquiries. He was recently instructed by the Department of Justice in the Historical Abuse Inquiry and acted as Junior Counsel to the Public Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths, which was a detailed and rigorous investigation into the deaths of children in the Health Service of Northern Ireland which gave rise to issues of significant public concern.

The majority of his work is in personal injury (both Plaintiff and Defendant work) and commercial cases. In the former, he has developed specific experience in claims involving noise-induced hearing loss for current and former members of the Armed Forces and the Police. He has a keen interest in cases involving issues of clinical negligence. As a member of the Government Civil Panel, he regularly defends Government Departments from litigation. He is also instructed frequently by banks and construction firms in a variety of contractual and tortious disputes.


M.A. (Hons), University of Cambridge

Certificate of Professional Legal Studies (Distinction)

2010 - 2013; Junior Counsel, Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths

2012 - present; Member of the Government Civil Panel

2016 - present: Member of the Coroners Panel of Counsel

2016 - present: Secretary of the Personal Injuries Bar Association

Member of the Bar of Ireland

2008 - 2010; Chairman of the Young Bar Association

2012; International Academy of Trial Lawyers – Delegate, Ireland Programme

Member of the Commercial Bar Association


Historical Institutional Abuse Public Inquiry: Appeared on behalf of the Department of Justice who were an interested party to proceedings. Involved review of voluminous documentation, advising on disclosure, consultation with witnesses, attendance at hearing and production of written submissions. Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths: Preparation and examination of medically trained witnesses and expert witnesses in a variety of cases involving clinical and governance issues.

O’Hara v Belfast Health & Social Care Trust [2012] NIQB 75 . Acted as Junior Counsel to Monye Anyadike-Danes QC (application to seek disclosure of medical notes and records; balance of right to respect for private and family life under Art 8 ECHR and the public interest in having the records disclosed to further the Inquiry’s investigations

Re Gerard Marley / Re Martin Smyth: Appeared on behalf of the Department of Justice in successfully opposing prisoners’ applications for judicial review following decisions to restrict visiting rights (Marley) and refuse compassionate release (Smyth).

Cullen Asbestos v Health & Safety Executive [2016] NIIT 00205_16IT: Appeared on behalf of the Executive in this appeal against a prohibition notice before the Industrial Tribunal. Executive’s decision upheld.

Daniel Lundy & others v PSNI & PPS: Appeared on behalf of PSNI & PPS defending a County Court claim for unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution. Case involved claims under Art 9,Art 10 and Art 11 ECHR. Claims were dismissed.

Houston v Compensation Agency: Appeared on behalf of the Compensation Agency in this criminal damage claim arising out of damage from a bomb blast in 1998. Almost £1 million was claimed in damage and consequential loss by the Applicant

PSNI v Mervyn Brown & Diamond Fireworks: Police Property Act application on behalf of PSNI before the Magistrates Court for the disposal of seized fireworks on public policy grounds. Order granted in favour of PSNI.

Orianna Investments v UKFI: Appeared on behalf of UKFI (company set up by HM Treasury to manage UK shareholding in bailed-out banks) defending a County Court claim by the Plaintiff. Applied successfully for the Plaintiff’s case to be dismissed for lack of cause of action.

Appearing before the Parole Commissioners in relation to Life Sentence Reviews and Licence Revocations on behalf of the Secretary of State and Department of Justice

Acting on behalf of members of the Armed Forces and Police in relation to noise-induced hearing loss claims

Acting on behalf of HMRC in applications for condemnation / forfeiture


“Roads Order Cases and the Duty to Maintain” – Lecture, April 2016

“The County Court Checklist” – Lecture, February 2016

“Intellectual Property – How To Protect Your Ideas” – Lecture, February 2015

“Adverse Possession – Is Possession 9/10ths Of The Law?” – Lecture, November 2014

“Use of Medical Evidence in Litigation” – Lecture, May 2014