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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 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.

2019 Chambers & Partner 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 informe.d"

"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

News & Resources

Obtaining title by criminal adverse possession

An application to the Land Registry to be registered as proprietor of land through adverse possession requires possession for the 10 years immediately preceding the application (Schedule 6, Land Registration Act 2002).

1st July 2014 Read more
David Willink

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Year of Call 2004



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Joe Grimmer

020 7797 8307

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