A medical doctor as well as a solicitor and solicitor advocate, David specialises in clinical negligence claims, advising healthcare professionals, including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, midwives and nurses. His clients also include insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, specialist group practices and other corporate healthcare providers. David’s legal career began with Richards Butler Hong Kong.
He has experience in handling coroner's inquests, disciplinary and medical criminal proceedings, investigations commenced by the ICAC and Privacy Commissioners, product liability claims and other healthcare regulatory matters. David also has a special interest in providing advice on mental health laws and ethical issues such as consent and euthanasia.
A proponent of alternative dispute resolution, David is an accredited mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Before qualifying as a lawyer, David practised medicine for five years in the UK. He remains a CME-certified medical practitioner and in 2008 was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor of the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.
Between 1991 and 1996, David practised general medicine as a house physician and then as a general surgeon. He subsequently worked in private medical practice in the UK as a part-time resident medical officer in various hospitals. He has been registered as a medical practitioner in the UK since 1991 and in Hong Kong since 1994.
In 2016 David was granted Higher Rights of Audience and accredited as a Solicitor Advocate by the Higher Rights Assessment Board in Hong Kong. David is accredited in the civil proceedings category, by way of assessment. David has substantial advocacy experience representing clients before the Coroner's court and at Medical and Dental Council hearings. As a Solicitor Advocate David may also advocate for clients, similar to a barrister, in Hong Kong's Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.