David is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an employment law specialist. He also holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Employment Law and Practice from Robert Gordon University.
Described by The Legal 500 as "an expert in the field", he has specialised in employment law throughout his career, advising all types of employers, from small undertakings to large plcs, and employees, particularly senior executives. He advises on every aspect of employment law and practice and has an "extremely comprehensive knowledge of employment law and brings this to bear in a practical way" for his clients who view him as “very responsive” and providing “outstanding” advice (Chambers UK).
David provides tailored employment documentation and advice on all employment related matters, including disciplinary issues, performance questions, ill health absences, dismissals, enforceability of restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.
David has represented clients at the Sheriff Court, Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal throughout the UK and assisted in cases raised in the Court of Session covering issues such as unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract, discrimination and interdicts. He has also been involved in some significant business transfers in both the public and private sector. He works closely with the firm’s solicitor advocates and other teams, including corporate, litigation and social housing.
David presents seminars regularly, lectures on employment law and is a frequent contributor to legal publications.
David is a mentor with the Scottish Mentoring Service and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of Engage Renfrewshire and also chairs the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the Institute of Directors. David is also a Fee Paid Employment Judge.
David is a Visiting Professor of Employment Law in the Law School at the University of Strathclyde and lectures in employment law for the University of Stirling. He is also a tutor in employment law for the University of Strathclyde.
He occasionally plays bass trombone in his local brass band, the Renfrew Burgh Band, of which he is Chairman.