David is a partner in the Real Estate Litigation team and national Compulsory Purchase and Compensation team.
David is an experienced all round real estate litigation lawyer, with substantial experience in landlord and tenant matters including commercial lease renewals, dilapidations, break options, breach of covenant issues and residential tenancy disputes.
He advises clients in a wide variety of property disputes, acting for both public and private sector clients, including developers, investors, retailers, airports and utility companies.
David specialises in land compensation matters, advising in relation to a broad range of compensation cases, including compulsory purchase compensation claims, claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 and property related compensation matters in the aviation, energy and utilities sectors.
He is a member the Compulsory Purchase Association, is on the steering committee of the Young Compulsory Purchase Association and is the Joint Regional Convenor of the CPA for the Yorkshire and Humber region. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association and committee member of the Northern PLA.
David is recommended in The Legal 500 UK.
David’s diverse practice also includes advising clients in relation to possession actions, development disputes, injunction proceedings, judicial review, property related insolvency matters and town and village green registration cases.
His particular specialism is in land compensation matters, acting for both acquiring/compensating authorities and claimants.
He is experienced in advising on compulsory purchase compensation matters, including in relation to some of the most high profile CPO schemes such as the London Olympics, High Speed 2, Crossrail, Thameslink. He is also currently advising clients affected by the proposed Heathrow Third Runway and Crossrail 2 schemes.
David also regularly advises clients in claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 and is a leading practitioner advising in relation to airport Part 1 claims, acting for several UK airports.
He also has substantial experience in advising in utilities and energy distribution companies in land access and compensation matters, regularly acting for clients in the electricity and water sectors. He also advises clients in relation to compensation matters arising from flood defence/alleviation schemes.
David is vastly experienced in advising clients in proceedings before the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and has represented clients in cases in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He also regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution processes, including in mediation and expert determination.