R (SA) v SSHD  UKHC 1611 (Admin)
The Claimant had applied when aged 17 for registration as a British citizen, but had been refused registration on account of a conditional discharge for possession of cannabis.— Read more
David works for claimants in all areas of immigration and asylum law. He is committed to representing vulnerable clients in the face of increasingly restrictive rules and legislation, of attacks on the right to publicly funded representation, and of political hostility towards the independence of the judicial system and the protection of fundamental rights.
He works particularly with clients whose asylum claims raise issues relating to sexual/gender identity, who suffer from mental and physical illness, in cases involving complex family histories and needs, with clients whose cases are based on religious identity, with unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers, with clients faced with conducive deportation decisions under the old or the new (‘automatic’) provisions, and with clients facing removal to other EU states either under the Dublin Regulation or for public policy reasons. Many of his clients have been detained by the Secretary of State, and David has a growing practice in false imprisonment and related civil claims.
The majority of David’s clients have always been publicly funded, and, with the rest of the Immigration Team at 1 Pump Court, he is committed to the provision of high-quality representation to people who do not have the means to pay for it themselves. With the devastating restrictions in scope for public funding, he is committed to continuing to represent meritorious and vulnerable clients who no longer fall within that scope, and to seeking workable models for that representation (through pro bono work, CFAs, agreed fees, and challenges to refusals of public funding on a case-by-case and/or class-action basis).
Alongside his work in (and on appeal from) the Tribunals, he has a large and varied judicial review practice, covering all areas of immigration law, including challenges to fresh claim and certification decisions, citizenship challenges, third-country cases, policy and implementation challenges, refusals to waive fees or permit access to public funds, and challenges to unlawful detention.
Called to the Bar in 2002, he previously worked in the Czech Republic for the European Roma Rights Center, as a caseworker and helping in the preparation of strategic litigation on discrimination in the criminal justice system, access to education, and access to housing. On return to the UK, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Central European Studies at University College, London, and was regularly called upon to act as an expert on the situation of Czech and Slovak Roma at all levels of the immigration appellate system in the UK (see e.g R (ZL and VL) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 25).
David has been at 1 Pump Court since 2002. In addition to giving open and in-house seminars on behalf of 1 Pump Court, David regularly trains for ILPA and for UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG). He volunteers regularly for Camden Community Law Centre and for UKLGIG.
What the directories say
2017 Legal 500
Cited as a leading junior in Immigration (including business immigration):
“Any client is very lucky indeed to have him fighting on their behalf”
Chambers and Partners, 2014
“Head and shoulders above the majority at the junior Immigration Bar…. Super-committed – he puts so much into his cases and gets really good results… He’s passionate about his cases and a brilliant drafting machine. Works wonders with vulnerable clients and fights to the last on their behalf. He can make the most unappealing case become incredibly sympathetic.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015
“He is very clever, very thoughtful and his written work is first-class.”
Legal 500, 2013
“Completely committed to every case he works on,” and “very professional and meticulous.”
Legal 500, 2015
“A committed, claimant-focused barrister”
Chambers and Partners, 2013
“Unanimously praised to researchers by an impressive number of leading claimant solicitors. His commitment to his clients and to the field of immigration law is total. His intellect, determination and work rate mean that once you instruct him, you want him on as many cases as possible.”
BA (1st Class) – Modern and Medieval Languages – Trinity College Cambridge
PhD – Czech literature – Trinity College, Cambridge
Italian, French, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak