Professional Experience

David called to the Bar in 2021 as a Faculty Scholar. During his period of devilling, David gained experience in a variety of public law matters, including immigration, housing law, prison law and human rights cases.  He was also involved in a number of commercial disputes and clinical negligence actions.

As a solicitor, David worked in the Healthcare, Public and Regulatory team at Anderson Strathern. David worked on a wide variety of public law matters and has substantial experience of judicial review and statutory appeals to the Court of Session. He also maintained a busy practice of medical negligence and assisted with property and construction disputes.

David has a specialist interest in professional disciplinary law. As a solicitor he regularly appeared either as Case Presenter or for the defence before the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.

David is heavily involved in legal education. He tutors in EU Law at the University of Edinburgh and previously sat on the Law Society of Scotland’s Education and Training Committee. He has published articles on human rights, public law, property law and civil procedure in a variety of academic journals.


  • Courts & Tribunals

    Court of Session, Sheriff Appeal Court, Sheriff court, various professional disciplinary tribunals including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Teaching Council for Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council.

  • Appointments & Memberships

    2021: Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland
    Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    Scottish Public Law Group
    EU Law tutor, University of Edinburgh
    Law Society of Scotland, Education and Training Committee (2017-2020)


  • Publications

    Mapping the Limits of Wightman: Abundance Investment Ltd v Scottish Ministers and Competence in Judicial Review, 2020 Scots Law Times (20) 123

    Give Me Liberty or Give Me an ECHR-compliant Lockdown! 2020 Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (May)

    Permission to Appeal in Wightman: A Question of Principle as Well as Procedure, 2019 Edinburgh Law Review 23 (2) 272

    Detention in the Community? 2019 Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (May)

    Constitutional Importance and Permission for Judicial Review in the Court of Session: Wightman v Advocate General 2019 Public Law 9

    Can Mum and Dad Know Best? 2019 Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (Feb)

    The Supervisory Jurisdiction and Constitutional Adjudication: Wightman v Secretary of State for exiting the European Union 2018, Juridical Review 299

    The Public Interest as a Means of Preserving the Charismatic Authority of the Professions (ARDL Marion Simmons QC Essay Competition, Second Place)

    Human Rights May Not Plug the Gap, 2018 Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (May)

    A Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Recovery: An Invitation to Delay to Pay? 2018 Scots Law Times (5) 13

    Extradition, State Assurance and Article 3, (with Dominic Scullion) 2017 Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (August)

    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? The Opportunities and Democratic Legitimacy of the Post-Osborn Human Rights Debate, 2016 Juridical Review 83

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Good Faith and the Transfer of Corporeal Property in Scots Law, 2016 Edinburgh Student Law Review 3(1) 3


  • Additional Information



Professional Career to date

Devilmasters: Dan Byrne, Paul Reid and Niall McCluskey
2020-2021: Devil
2018-2020: Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
2016-2018: Trainee Solicitor, Anderson Strathern
2015-2016: Parliamentary Assistant, Scottish Parliament


Education & Professional Qualifications

2020-2021: Faculty Scholarship, Faculty of Advocates
2016: Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, Distinction, University of Edinburgh
2015: LLB (Hons), First Class, University of Edinburgh

Academic Prizes
2018: Marion Simmons QC Memorial Essay Prize, Second Place – Essay on professional disciplinary law
2014: Oxford University Press Prize  – Best performance in third year of the LLB