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 wide ranging experience of international commercial and investor-state arbitration across a range of industries. He has particular experience in the telecommunications and financial services industries.

David acts as advocate in his cases, speaks regularly on arbitration-related issues, and has recently published an important commentary on the enforcement of arbitration awards in the English courts. He is described in the most recent edition of Legal 500 as “an extremely clever lawyer.”

David’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing an investor in investor state proceedings against an Eastern European state relating to the restructuring of a bank, most recently acting as advocate in successfully dismissing the state’s primary jurisdictional objection
  • Successfully defending a US$120 million claim in ICC arbitration arising out of a subscription agreement
  • Representing the majority investors in a major telecoms company in a joint venture dispute with US$2 billion in dispute; the interconnected proceedings include several DIFC-seated ICC arbitrations, a Beirut-seated arbitration and numerous ancillary court proceedings in the DIFC and New York
  • Representing a major gaming company in two LCIA arbitrations against a state for breach of its contractual obligations
  • Representing a Brazilian consumer goods company in ICC proceedings relating to alleged fraud in the sale of one of its business divisions

  • BPP Law School, GDL
  • Oxford University, Classics


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