Solicitor, Contracts and Procurement Team
Telephone: 03000 41 59 05
Areas of practice
David qualified in 1998 and has extensive experience obtained from private practice prior to joining Kent County Council in July 2011.
David's previous practice covered a wide spread of contract litigation, property litigation (in particular large leasehold investments), professional negligence (in particular surveyors and solicitors) and employment law advice for small to medium sized business, and niche insolvency advice for a firm of international insolvency practitioners.
He has conducted hearings in the County Court before District and Circuit Judges, the Employment Tribunals, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (now the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)) and before Licensing Committees of Local Authorities.
Upon joining Kent County Council, David continued to undertake commercial work across a portfolio of internal and external Kent County Council clients, who need to rely on contracts and employ staff, and additionally went on to develop up to date expertise in public law, advising on a range of commercial and statutory decisions in the arena of Judicial Review.
After many years spent advising on disputed commercial matters, David has joined our Contract and Procurement team and will advise on the specialist area of pensions arrangements.
On his move to the public sector David expressed his view that "the difference is the context. You can know a lot about the law, but that alone is not enough. If you are advising an elected public body then you need to understand how that body interacts with, and is accountable to, its staff, its Members and the public. It adds an additional dimension to the work".
Whilst the change in emphasis that David has chosen has surprised some, he does not see a marked difference in what a useful lawyer needs to bring to the role. "Clients want to move forward. They do not want lectures in the law". So whilst he does like a legal argument David is very much focused on delivering real impactful practical solutions.