David obtained a first class degree in law from Cambridge University in 1991. He was called to the Bar in 1993. He is a recognised specialist in property and landlord and tenant related matters, and has been identified as a leader at the bar in the fields of chancery and commercial dispute resolution. He was formerly a Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, and was appointed a Judge of the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in 2013.
Agricultural Landlord and Tenant
David is regularly instructed in connection with disputes arising under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. His recent instruction in this area include:
representing a client in contested County Court proceedings concerning the validity of s.28(4) AHA 1986 tenant’s counter-notice,
representing a client in a contested arbitration concerning alleged breaches of obligations to farm in accordance with the rules of good husbandry,
advising a client in respect of limitation issues arising in connection with a claim for statutory compensation for dilapidations after termination of a tenancy,
acting in connection with disputes concerning the question whether a tenancy attracted the protection of the 1986 Act.
Adverse Possession, Easements and Profits, and Boundary Disputes
Please refer to David’s Property CV for full details of his expertise in these areas. David’s recent instructions in the agricultural and rural affairs context include:
representing a consortium of shooting clubs in an adverse possession dispute against the RSPB, advising a farmer in connection with allegations of nuisance by flooding, advising a client in respect of the transmission of fishing rights, acting for a land-owner in connection with a dispute against O2 over retention of a mobile phone masts, advising a land-owner in respect of the extent of permissible use of an expressly granted right of way ‘for agricultural purposes’.
Commercial and Partnership Disputes
David is regularly instructed in connection with disputes arising out of quarrying and landfilling operations, including disputes arising out of quarry leases. He has acted for parties on dissolution of farming partnerships.
“His paperwork is excellent and his advocacy is calm and considered. When he’s in court, he almost gives off an aura of calm.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Highly professional and hard working.”
Legal 500 2020
“He’s a very calming influence in the court, never appears to be aggressive at all but gets what he needs.” “Commercially minded and gets to the heart of the matter quickly.” “The quality of his knowledge is excellent.”
Chambers UK 2017
“Professional with an excellent depth of knowledge.” “He has a strong track record of winning.” “Recommended for commercial contract disputes and professional negligence claims.” “Recommended for landlord and tenant matters.”
Legal 500 2016
“Intelligent, personable and commercial.” “He’s very knowledgeable and good on technical points.” “He’s not only knowledgeable about the law but also commercially aware.”
Chambers UK 2016
“His expertise includes commercial contract disputes and professional negligence claims.” “Strong in his written advice and in conference with clients.”
Legal 500 2015
“Veteran junior with experience of handling commercial disputes in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has an extensive experience in commercial contract and property disputes, as well as professional negligence claims.” “His cross-examination is a pleasure to watch because he is very probing and precise.” “He has amazing attention to detail and a brilliant ability to reduce all the information into the important points.”
Chambers UK 2015
“Has built a well-recognised chancery practice which covers both commercial and traditional work. He is especially noted for his expertise on property-related matters.” “He is very sharp, very user-friendly and on a high plane of intellectual activity.”
Chambers UK 2015
“A highly intelligent barrister with great people skills”, “his practice has grown to include complex arbitration and professional negligence claims” and is “well regarded for his experience in landlord and tenant matters.”
Legal 500 2014
David Taylor, who ‘oozes confidence and authority’.
Legal 500 2013
Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry (2008-2013)
Judge of the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal (appointed 2013)
David is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and of the Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association.
Member of the Association of Midland Mediators.
First class degree in Law from Cambridge University.
Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).
Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).
Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).