David’s practice focuses on international arbitration, with a particular emphasis on investor-state disputes.  He is a go-to lawyer for clients with complex international disputes.

David has particular expertise in the Russia/CIS region and has acted against multiple states in the region in relation to claims arising out of the banking, construction, mining and telecommunications industries.  He also has advised clients in relation to commercial arbitrations arising out of investments in this region.  David also has particular experience of the telecommunication sector, having represented clients in numerous commercial and investor-state arbitrations arising out of investments in this sector. 

Before joining the firm David worked in the London and Singapore offices of White & Case.


David’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing one of Europe’s largest companies in multiple arbitrations against a European state worth more than €1 billion;
  • Representing a major investment fund in relation to claims against a CIS State pertaining to the banking sector;
  • Representing investors in claims against an Eastern European state for expropriation of a mining project;
  • Representing investors in commercial and investment claims arising out of the expropriation of their investments in development of a power plant in a West African state;
  • Representing investors in a major Middle Eastern telecommunications company in relation to claims arising out of a joint venture agreement;
  • Representing parties in two BVI litigations in relation to the ownership of telecoms companies in Africa and Turkey.


  • BPP Law School, GDL
  • Oxford University, Classics



  • Solicitor of England & Wales
  • Rights of Audience (Civil), Higher Courts of England & Wales