David called to the Bar in 2017 as the Lord Reid Scholar 2016 – 17.
During his devilling period, David gained significant experience of contractual disputes and professional liability (solicitors, tax advisers/ accountants and surveyors). Whilst devilling, David also gained experience of the winding up of companies and property disputes both during insolvency and between solvent parties.
Prior to calling at the Bar, David was qualified as a solicitor in Scotland as well as in England & Wales. Having previously specialised in taxation and trusts as a solicitor, David’s most significant experience prior to coming to the Bar is with taxation (particularly personal taxation) and disputes involving trustees, executors and charity trustees. As a solicitor, David provided advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to private individuals, trusts, businesses and charities. He has significant experience of advising trustees and executors where the trust/ estate has cross-border or international elements, requiring consideration of private international law and double taxation treaties.
Devil Masters: Euan Duthie, David Small, Frances Connor
2017 – present: Advocate, Axiom Advocates
2009 – present: Tutor, University of Edinburgh’s School of Law
2017: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
2016 – 2017: Devil, Faculty of Advocates
2014: Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales
2014 – 2016: Senior Solicitor (tax and trusts), Turcan Connell
2012 – 2014: Solicitor (tax and trusts), Turcan Connell
2012: Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland
2010 – 2012: Trainee Solicitor, Turcan Connell
Lord Reid Scholarship, Faculty of Advocates 2016 – 2017
Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh 2009 – 2010
Reid Family Trust Prize (best overall result for LLB) 2009
Robert Ross Prize (property, trusts and succession) 2009
Andrew J Cunninghame Prize (contract, delict and family law) 2008
LLB Scots Law (with Distinction), University of Glasgow 2007 – 2009
MA (hons) Latin, University of Edinburgh 2002 – 2006