David Lawson

Call 2000

Overview

David is a public lawyer working with all public services, in particular education, health and care services. He is instructed to advise and represent in relation to individual rights to services and to the organisation of service provision. He has appeared in a number of leading judicial reviews on the powers of public sector bodies. He acts in a wide range of courts and tribunals in cases concerning access to services and their regulation. Chambers & Partners notes that “he achieves remarkable results… gives everything to his cases, and is always approachable and great to work with”.

David is clerked primarily by Tom O’Connor and Louis Wilkins.

“Very thorough and very calm.”
The Legal 500

Treatment withdrawal: Should a child’s parents or the court decide?
David Lawson writes for the Solicitors Journal on the principles behind the best interests test.
Click here for David’s article

Experience & Expertise

David has appeared in numerous reported cases considering key concepts in his areas of practice. He has a busy practice of trials and hearings in a wide range of courts and tribunals and is regularly involved in advising about the organisation, commissioning and regulation of provision. David is instructed by the major firms and public bodies in his field and consistently recognised in legal directories as a leading junior.

  • David has appeared in many key education law cases at all levels. He has experience in all aspects of education law from nursery provision to post-graduate and individual rights to national policy. He is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the field.
  • David has a busy healthcare practice and writes extensively about access to healthcare. Recent instructions include judicial reviews about which CCG is responsible for treatment and about access to treatment, disputes between CCGs and primary care providers and care home closure disputes.
  • He regularly appears in the Court of Protection. He has particular experience on questions of sexual relations and marriage. His medical treatment work includes covert treatment, birth and end of life issues, the borderline for diagnosing a minimally conscious state, blood transfusions and anaesthetics.

David has experience of a wide range of areas related to legal practice. He has recently spent several years as a part-time Ombudsman for the Financial Ombudsman Service. He has undertaken trial observation in Lesotho (environmental damage) and Turkey (language rights). He is a past editor of the Education Law Monitor and talks and writes extensively on his areas of practice.

CASES AND WORK OF NOTE

David has appeared in over 20 reported cases and his practice regularly involves complex legal questions. He has been told that several of these cases have already made their way onto university reading lists.

recommendations

David is consistently recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior. He is ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide for both Education and Local Government.

Clients cited by Chambers and Partners state that he is very good with clients, he is very thorough, and has a great success rate”

Other recent directory editorial has included the following:

publications

  • Medical Treatment Decisions and the Law – contributor
  • Education Law Monitor – past editor
  • Local Government Lawyer, Education Law Journal and Health Service Journal – contributor

reflections

Ultimately law is about managing risk. Sometimes you have to leave key interests at risk but if you don’t have to it’s best not to.  It’s usually sensible to narrow down what’s at stake.

“The best answers come from listening to the clients.”

Like many colleagues I act for claimants and defendants. It brings valuable insights – the most important of them – organisations are trying to do the right thing and never forget how much individuals have at stake.  More than anything else acting for all parties to disputes is a constant barrier to cynicism and reminder of what works in the system.

The best ideas come from the clients. Sometimes clients – and even the lawyers – look to the lawyers for the answers.  The best answers come from listening to the clients and then trying to work out how the answer they can see fits into the law or can be based in the facts the court may find.

Further Information

For further details of David’s practice please click on the links to the left or contact a member of the clerking or client service team.

Bar Council Membership No: 41350
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