David is the Head of the London Office of Osborne Clarke and leads the national Employment Law Team.
David joined Osborne Clarke in 2000 and has over twenty years’ experience advising businesses on all aspects of employment law. He frequently works with international organisations, helping them navigate the legal and cultural differences in European employment law. David has particular expertise in representing City of London financial institutions and clients in the digital business sector, particularly when facing reputational risk claims involving discrimination, bonuses and whistleblowing. He combines technical expertise with industry insight, business acumen and project management skills, and has a well-deserved reputation for giving pragmatic and commercial advice. David frequently speaks on employment law issues, is a regular contributor to the ELA Briefing (the publication for Employment Lawyers Association) and has been a longstanding member of the ELA’s International Committee. David is named as a leading employment lawyer in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500.Quotes“offers clients concise and practical legal solutions” (Legal 500 2007)”great all-rounder” … impresses clients with his “sensible and modest” approach.
He is able to “identify the important details and is always there on the phone when you need him” (Chambers UK 2008)”cool, calm, collected and just great in a crisis,”. He “keeps us informed about all the risks involved in a case and is not afraid to tell us when we’ve got it wrong” (Chambers UK 2009)”proactive, practiced, strong legally” (Legal 500 2010)“He is able to anticipate the strategy of opponents. He knows what approach they’ll take and negotiates accordingly.” (Chambers UK 2011) “The service is absolutely excellent, top-notch. Good value for money. He is “so focused doing his utmost best for us.” “… delivers timely guidance on complex litigation matters….”exudes confidence” and has a “great bedside manner, at the same time providing “sharply focused advice that displays a strong understanding of our business needs.” (Chambers 2012) “…has a strong, varied practice and is noticeably “well tuned-in to the commercial needs of businesses.” Clients value his willingness to “always provide a straight answer” and ability to “get to the heart of the matter quickly.” (Chambers UK 2013)