David Willink

David maintains a broad practice across chambers’ practice areas.  He is noted for a strongly collaborative approach to those who instruct him and a no-nonsense, practical approach to both strategic and tactical issues arising from litigation.

David has considerable experience in costs matters at all levels, including appeals, and has regularly appeared for both paying and receiving parties.

David also specialises in Consumer Law.

David accepts Direct Access instructions in appropriate cases.  Recent cases have included a High Court property dispute and a breach of contract action arising from the sale of a business.

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2023 Chambers & Partners Ranking Tier 2

”David Willink of Lamb Chambers is a noted junior with an expanding ecclesiastical practice that sits alongside his commercial work. He is Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of Salisbury and St Albans”

2019 Chambers & Partners Ranking Tier 2

“Manages an expansive commercial practice encompassing Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Property as well as Ecclesiastical law. He is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury.”

Recent client testimonial:

“Able, thorough and well informed”

“Just excellent. A model of concision. Very impressive.”

“I am extremely grateful to you, your advice was impeccable and brought about a better result than I could have imagined at the outset. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone I meet and requires your advice. Can’t thank you enough.”


  • “Contract Law without a Code”: published as “Das englische Vertragsrecht funktioniert auch ohne Kodex” in Europäisches Vertragsrecht (2003) and speech to the 15. Europäische Notarentage, Salzburg 2003.
  • “Three Rivers: privilege revisited”: Amicus Curiae (May 2005), and speech to Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
  • Civil Court Practice (the Green Book): contributor (2005).
  • Bloomsbury’s Law of Limitation: Administrative Law chapter (2006-present).
  • LexisNexis Legal Terms Navigator: dispute resolution (2010).

Further information


  • MA (mathematics & law), Magdalene College, Cambridge; President, Cambridge Union
  • LLM (canon law), University of Wales College of Cardiff
  • City University & Inns of Court School of Law


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society


David gained extensive experience in government, including responsibility for civil law reform in the areas of contract, trusts and privacy & freedom of expression.  He appeared before Select Committees in both Houses of Parliament, and represented the UK in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Salzburg.  He was responsible for the defence of domestic libel law in Steel & Morris v United Kingdom [2005] ECHR 103 (‘McLibel’).  He also held responsibility for advice on appointments to Queen’s Counsel and senior judicial office, and was a trained judicial appointments selection interviewer.


  • Music, singing, food, alternative education.

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