David joined The City Law School in June 2013. He was initially the Director of Legal Practice, then Associate Dean (External Engagement) and is now an Associate Professor.
David qualified as a solicitor in 1993 practising mainly in the field of Civil Litigation. David retains his practising certificate as he has run two legal advice clinics and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Islington People's Rights.
David first started teaching on the LPC at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 where he was the Director for the Part Time course. He was subsequently the Programme Director for the LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University before becoming the Head of Vocational Legal Studies at the University of Westminster.
During his time at Westminster, David established the first Solicitors Exempting Degree in London. He has helped to design new Part Time LPC courses at both Leeds and Manchester in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice Management. The latter course was developed with the aid of a grant of £90,000 from the government's Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Fund.
David has occupied a number of positions for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and in particular was a member of the working party which designed the Outcomes for the LPC.
Currently, David holds a number of external positions. He is a Council member for the Central Applications Board, a lay member of the Governance Board for the Patent Examination Board and an Education Quality Assurance Inspector for Social Work England.
David has experience of teaching lawyers internationally. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the British Law Centre which is based at the University of Warsaw. In this capacity, he teaches legal skills to students at locations throughout central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he ran two summer schools for judges from Kazakhstan and was a part of a Law Society delegation to the country where he taught at the Supreme Court. David was also a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong University.
David has acted as external adviser for a number of Universities in the development of postgraduate and professional programmes and has been an external examiner for a number of universities as well as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. .
David has contributed a chapter on the Legal Environment for the first four editions of Wetherly and Otter The Business Environment: Themes and Issues. He is currently working on several chapters for a Dispute Resolution textbook for the SQE to be published by OUP in Autumn 2020.