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Practice Summary

In December 2020, David Wolfson QC was appointed as a Government minister in the Ministry of Justice. He sits in the House of Lords as Lord Wolfson of Tredegar. For the duration of his ministerial appointment, David is an “unregistered barrister” and cannot accept private instructions, nor carry out “reserved legal activities” under the Legal Services Act.

 

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 international arbitration. He also accepts appointments as Arbitrator (both sole arbitrator and as part of a panel). 

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

The Court of Appeal commented on David's advocacy in the first paragraph of its judgment here (""In praise of forensic schizophrenia""), noting that he had successfully run diametrically opposing arguments ""-with customary courtesy, cogency, and not a little charm-"".

David’s place as one of the leading advocates of his generation has been recognised with his being awarded “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year 2020” by The Legal 500, and also “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year” in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020.

"He is just amazing on his feet and a delight to work with. He combines intellectual capability with natural charm.” “A fantastic advocate. His ability to articulate difficult concepts to the court is exemplary and the clients love him for this.”
(Chambers UK 2021: Banking & Finance)

He is super clever and fast thinking but also fun and practical – he is absolutely top notch.”
(Legal 500 2020: Banking & Finance)

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)

If you have a difficult problem and you need someone to think outside the box, he is the one to choose.” “He is excellent on his feet and commands the attention of the judge and clients alike due to his commercial and creative approach.”
(Chambers UK 2021: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

An outstanding silk with a unique ability to cut through extremely complex issues with ease – he is instantly likeable, a real team player and fantastic with clients
(Legal 500 2020: Commercial Litigation)

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 a very clear advocate and charming with the tribunal, and he has a razor-sharp intellect which is a very effective and disarming combination.”
(Chambers UK 2021: International Arbitration (UK Bar and Global))

He is very bright, clear and concise when communicating to the team/clients particularly when trying to explain complex legal concepts
(Legal 500 2020:  International Arbitration (Counsel))

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 has a very good way of simplifying things, a good turn of phrase, is really good to deal with and is pragmatic.” “He's an outstanding advocate.”
(Chambers UK 2021: Energy & Natural Resources)

He provides excellent advocacy and has an ability to make persuasive arguments on complex legal points
(Legal 500 2020: Energy)

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)

"He's absolutely superb." "A great advocate and tactician - a go-to QC." "One of the cleverest men at the Bar."
(Chambers UK 2021: Restructuring & Insolvency)

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