David’s experience includes:

  • Running the well-publicised Prudential privilege litigation from the High Court to Supreme Court
  • Acting in the Littlewoods compound interest litigation before the High Court
  • Conducting the Stamp Taxes Group Litigation Order for the claimants
  • Acting for a number of FTSE100 companies in the FII and dividend Group Litigation Orders
  • Acting in the residency judicial review Davies and James/Gaines-Cooper, which also reached the Supreme Court


David has acted on numerous high-profile direct and indirect tax cases before the courts and Tax Tribunals, including two cases before the Supreme Court. In addition to his vast experience in HMRC litigation, David also acts in professional negligence and mis-selling actions and other tax-related commercial litigation.

In addition to David’s substantial tax practice, David has also acted in numerous public law cases, many of which arose from his tax client base.  These have included two judicial review challenges which proceeded to the Supreme Court (Prudential and Davies & James / Gaines-Cooper), and one to the Court of Appeal (Shiner).  David also acted in the States of Jersey’s judicial review against the UK government, which was widely covered in the media at the time.  David’s experience in public law is supported, and to a great extent, mirrored by Lee Ellis’ experience in acting as a senior Gorvernment lawyer defending judicial review cases.  In fact, David and Lee met on opposing sides of litigation and their combined experience brings significant benefits to clients considering judicial review challenges.


Chambers describes David as “He is most impressive. He knows the subject inside out and commands confidence”

David is described by The Legal 500 as “very client-friendly, responsive and knowledgeable”.

David was named in the Citywealth 2018 Future Leaders Top 100.


David joined Stewarts as a partner in 2014 to establish the Tax Litigation and Resolution department having spent 10 years as a tax litigation lawyer at PwC Legal.


David has been quoted in the Financial Times and The Times in relation to proceedings brought by him acting on behalf of investors against Ingenious Media.


David enjoys spending time with his young family, playing tennis (not well), a glass of wine or two and the outdoors.