David Lewis-Hall

"David explained thing clearly and kept me calm when I was getting anxious. He reassured me and helped me get to the resolution that I needed."

David Lewis-Hall
Divorce & Finance

"His calm and professional manner in court commanded respect from the judges"

David Lewis-Hall
Divorce & Finance

David Lewis-Hall

David has rapidly developed a successful practice across broad areas of Chambers civil work. He has extensive advocacy experience, appearing in Court on an almost daily basis since joining Chambers. David also has a strong paperwork practice and is happy to assist in an advisory capacity or with drafting court documents in a practical, cost sensitive manner. He has excellent client care skills, with his friendly and no-nonsense approach has been commended by clients.

General Civil Work including Contract, Property, Commercial, Personal Injury

David is happy to accept instructions across the full range of civil work. His practice has ranged from dealing with high value professional negligence and property claims to assisting in a cost effective manner with low value personal injury claims. He has wide ranging advocacy experience, both in terms of interim hearings and trials. He is particularly experienced at finding cost effective ways of bringing cases to an end.

David always maintains a clear focus on the client’s objectives and takes a solution focussed approach to litigation. In this regard, he has successfully represented both Claimants and Defendants at mediation.

David has a particular interest in property work and has a detailed understanding of possession claims against both tenants and mortgagors.

Divorce and Finance

David accepts instructions in financial remedies cases. He takes a practical approach to helping his clients achieve the right outcome in He has a strong grasp of the detailed financial analysis required by this area of work. David has represented both applicants and respondents at all stages of the financial remedies process. He has acted in matters ranging from straightforward cases involving a sale and division of the marital home, through to complex separations where the parties owned a substantial property portfolio.

David also accepts instructions in relation to applications for financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. David has particular experience of dealing with the cross over between these applications and concurrent applications under TOLATA.

Licensing

David accepts instructions across a broad range of licensing and regulatory work. He has a particular interest in Taxi Licensing having successfully appeared in the High Court in the case of Kaivanpor v Sussex Central Justices (Unreported, Div Ct). The decision is of general importance to appeals by taxi drivers to the Magistrates’ Court against revocations and suspensions of their licences by their local authority. David successfully represented Mr Kaivanpor at the re-hearing in the Magistrates’ Court where the District Judge decided that he should have his taxi licence returned.

David has experience of premises licence reviews under the Licensing Act 2003, having successfully resisted two robust applications by the police to suspend and then revoke the licence of the same public house.

 

What the clients say

“I cannot praise David highly enough. Throughout the long, complicated and scary process he remained human, which was such a relief.  David explained things clearly and kept me calm when I was getting anxious. He reassured me and helped me get to the resolution that I needed.

As I was not using a solicitor, he made sure that I was aware of the court process, what was happening and what would happen next.

His honest appraisal of what was likely to happen if we were to go before the judge at final hearing helped me to agree a settlement with my soon to be ex- husband. He remained focussed on getting the best outcome for me and saving me costs.

His calm and professional manner in court commanded respect from the judges that we saw. He was able to use his surgical assessment of the facts rather than antagonism or forcefulness to persuade the judge. That said, he did not stand for any nonsense and at times when my ex- husband and his legal representatives were using underhand and intimidating tactics he knew exactly what to do. ” (June 2018)

 

Areas of Law

Divorce and Finance

Property

Contracts and Debt Recovery

Licensing