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Practice Summary

David Wolfson is one of the most sought-after commercial Silks at the Bar and attracts instructions in the most complex and high value disputes. He has been instructed in many of the major banking and commercial disputes in recent years, and his practice extends over a broad range of commercial law, both in litigation and arbitration. He also accepts appointments as Arbitrator (both sole arbitrator and as part of a panel), and is a registered Foreign Lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court.

In addition to his work at the Bar, David chairs the trust board of a newspaper, is a Governor of a primary school, a Bencher of Inner Temple and sits on its Investments Committee, and is either a trustee or a director of a number of other charities and companies.

David was awarded “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year 2020” by The Legal 500.

"Commercially sharp, very collaborative and very user-friendly." "He's very punchy and forceful without being belligerent, and he reduces complicated matters to clear principles."
(Chambers UK 2020: Banking & Finance)

"His commercial acumen is second to none, and his understanding of nuanced points of law is excellent." "David Wolfson is not afraid to argue what others might consider unarguable, and he succeeds."
(Chambers UK 2020: Commercial Dispute Resolution) 

"He is really good at jurisdictional issues and thinks outside the box." "He is incredibly client-friendly and makes himself accessible."
(Chambers UK 2020: International Arbitration (UK Bar and Global))

He is very bright and very energetic and quick to come up with good arguments, as well as a good cross-examiner."  "He is very good commercially. He is good with clients and has bags of charm."
(Chambers UK 2020: Energy & Natural Resources)

"Absorbs enormous amounts of information with ease and explains highly complex and intertwined issues with enviable clarity."
(Legal 500 2019: Banking & Finance) 

"A go-to barrister for significant commercial disputes, he is very commercial and bright."
(Legal 500 2019: Commercial Litigation)

"Very commercial and bright – another “go-to” barrister for significant commercial disputes."
(Legal 500 2019: Energy)

"A creative thinker and will come up with arguments that sound incredible but are credible."
(Legal 500 2019: Insolvency)

"He is friendly, engaging, charming, but brilliant, and he knows when to stick the knife in"
(Legal 500 2019:  International Arbitration (Counsel))

"His incisive advice on highly complex cross-border disputes is invaluable. He's got it both in terms of his knowledge of black letter law and his ability to make strategic decisions." "Completely unflappable, he gets to the heart of any matter incredibly quickly, and is highly creative." "A dazzling advocate, he could charm the birds from the trees."
(Chambers UK 2019: Banking & Finance)

"Calm, responsive and clear-thinking, he's good at breaking down difficult concepts and explaining them in a simple way." "He is a great advocate and a strategic thinker."
(Chambers UK 2019: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"A very smooth, very laid-back advocate who has the ear of the tribunal." "He's a great tactician; he knows the points that will succeed at trial."
(Chambers UK 2019: Energy & Natural Resources)

"An excellent advocate. Very astute and very thoughtful." "Academically brilliant and very approachable."
(Chambers UK 2019: International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance)

"He immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes." "Always a pleasure to work with, he has an uncanny ability to translate the most complex issues into straightforward concepts for clients." "David is incredibly responsive and a genuine team player. He particularly impresses as an appellate lawyer, where his razor-sharp mind and clarity of vision really come into their own."
(Chambers UK 2018: Banking & Finance)

"Excellent advocate with a compelling style, who is able to provide high-quality advice from both a legal and commercial perspective." "Immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes."
(Chambers UK 2018: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"Very measured and thoughtful in his presentations." 
(Chambers UK 2018: Energy & Natural Resources)

"A brilliant legal mind. He sees through the facts and the law and gets straight to the issues."
(Chambers UK 2018: International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance)

"Very impressive. He is super smart and brilliant at dealing with clients and experts. He doesn't waffle - he jumps straight to the strongest points." "David is very charismatic. A hugely engaging speaker and convincing advocate."
(Chambers UK 2017: Banking and Finance)

"He does not sit on the fence but instead reaches considered views and sticks to his guns." "He is very impressive in court and very authoritative."
(Chambers UK 2017: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"He has a very broad practice in energy-related areas, and is a tenacious, never-say-die advocate. He will champion a cause beyond all others."
(Chambers UK 2017: Energy & Natural Resource)

"David is a powerful advocate who communicates well with the tribunal and knows how to deal with difficult points."
(Chambers UK 2017: International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance)