David has appeared in the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, and all of the main Scottish courts and tribunals including the Commercial Court. His principal areas of practice include contract and commercial cases, personal injury and general reparation (including property and environmental damage cases), land law, and public and administrative law. His practice as a Senior has focused on high value property damage cases, personal injury, construction, professional negligence, and planning and environmental law. He is also now a trained mediator.
He has extensive experience in lengthy planning PLIs such as that in relation to the M74 Extension, and public inquiries such as the Stockline and Penrose inquiries. He has conducted a number of FAIs in areas as diverse as clinical negligence and health and safety in the oil industry.
Before coming to the Bar he was Associate Dean at Edinburgh University Law School, and is the author of a number of legal text books and journal articles. He was a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2002 to 2013 and has provided advice and representation to the Scottish Ministers in a wide range of public and private law matters. He took silk in 2013.
Esso Petroleum Ltd v Scottish Ministers  CSOH 15
Renfrew Golf Club v Motocaddy Ltd  CSOH 173
Strang Steel v Scottish Ministers 2014 G.W.D. 40-729
Miller Homes Ltd v Keeper of the Registers of Scotland 2014 S.L.T. (Lands Tr) 79
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