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Local Government Law

David has considerable experience of a wide range of local government matters. He acts on behalf of local authorities, individuals, local residents and commercial organisations affected by the exercise of local authority powers.

David is ranked as a leading junior in local government law in the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners, which describes him as:

"A solid advocate and barrister who is very thoughtful and precise, and produces great written work." "A real all-rounder who has gained a strong reputation in Administrative Court work."

Among the recent and ongoing cases in this field in which David has been involved are the following:

  • R (Project 17) v. Lewisham LBC – counsel to the Claimant in challenge to the legality of Lewisham LBC’s policy on the provision of support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (led by Nathalie Lieven QC, due to be heard on 20 and 21 January 2016).

  • In re X Council – advised local residents on a potential challenge to a local authority land disposal under section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

  • R (Cotton) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions[2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin), [2015] ACD 20 – counsel to the Claimants in challenge to the legality of the bedroom tax – the case concerned local authority housing benefit legislation and the scope of local authorities to make discretionary payments to avoid hardship (led by Nathalie Lieven QC).

  • R (Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company Ltd) v. Secretary of State for Transport – represented Claimant in challenge to the consultation process on amendments to speed limits set by the Thames Byelaws.

  • R (Dimon) v. North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust – represented local resident in challenge to the closure of a local hospital ward, in a case which concerned the mechanisms of reorganising NHS local care provision (led by David Lock QC).

  • R (Sanchez) v. King’s College Hospital NHS Trust and R (Sanchez) v. Greenwich LBC – challenges to funding of NHS care for residents without leave to remain and also to decisions on local authority support under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948.

  • R (Gleeson Developments Ltd) v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWCA Civ 1118, [2014] PTSR 1226, [2014] JPL 1386 – represented Claimant / Appellant in high profile challenge to the Secretary of State’s exercise of his recovery jurisdiction following the promulgation of an appeal determination by an Inspector (led by John Litton QC).

  • R (SN and LS) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – challenge to the exclusion of Zambrano carers from mainstream benefits and the extent of their ability to rely on local authority support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (led by Richard Drabble QC). Currently stayed behind similar proceedings in the Supreme Court.

  • In re X local authority – advised local planning authority on the implications of a locum planning officer granting planning permission without authority.