David is Counsel and a master mariner in the Dispute Resolution Group, splitting his time between london and athens.

David has over a decade of experience in dispute resolution and qualified as a solicitor in 2014.

He has experience in all areas of maritime dispute resolution from personal injury to major marine casualties. David is equally at home advising on a charter party dispute as he is on complex admiralty issues or advising clients on regulatory or travel law issues.  This range of experience allows him to see cases from multiple angles to ensure that the important issues are properly addressed.

The combination of his legal skills and his extensive operational experience allows him to really understand his clients’ problems and often find quick and  innovative solutions to minimise their impact.

David has also acted as an expert consultant to the Editors of Marsden and Gault on Collisions at Sea (15th Ed.) to review the Chapter on the Court’s interpretation of the Collision Regulations.

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  • Advising MII Insurers in a lengthy commercial court trial following a total loss and wilful misconduct allegations by war risk underwriters.
  • Advising owners and assisting them to sell their own vessels through the Judicial Sale process having found them to be incumbered with significant trade debt by demise charterers.
  • Advising owners and their P&I Club on a container stow collapse requiring the deviation and subsequent rerouting of the slot-chartered ship.
  • Pursuing a subrogated recovery through arbitration for owners and their insurers following the damage to a ship’s crane on discharge.
  • Advising on both liability and quantum issues in several different collision claims.


  1. 2011 – 2013 Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School
  2. 2009 – 2011 Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School