David Hoffman | Barrister | 4-5 Gray's inn square

Practice Summary

Legal 500 “A solid commercial and Chancery all-rounder.”

David specialises in chancery and commercial work. He is listed in the Legal 500 as an up and coming chancery practitioner. He undertakes a broad range of commercial and chancery work, including contract drafting as well as litigation, and general commercial work such as insurance, construction, IT and e-commerce and professional negligence. His chancery practice includes property disputes, insolvency, trusts and wills and other general succession matters. David also practices in a range of landlord and tenant and housing work, including homelessness and succession issues. David has particular expertise in the Human Rights Act 1998, especially in its application to private law, a subject on which he has both advised clients, and spoken to professional and academic audiences. Additionally, he is co-author (with John Rowe QC) of ‘Human Rights in the UK’ (Pearson, 3rd edition 2009), a popular general introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998, and has written on human rights in a commercial context, and on the terrorism legislation. David has recently involved in several large commercial arbitrations; liability under personal guarantees; telecommunication contracts; partnership disputes; contempt of court to protect partnership assets; recovery of care home fees; and a variety of contract and chancery matters.

Notable Cases
Waterfall v HSBC (2008,HC) [2008] LTL 13/1/2009 – professional negligence in provision of financial services.
Coupers Partnerships Ltd v Basarik (2007, CA, contract) [2007] Civ 40 – contractual interpretation of a ratings agency contract and the condition upon which fee is due.
Parker v Snyder (2004-5, HC, civil fraud, led by Clive Freedman QC)
T&N v Royal Sun Alliance (2003, HC, CA, insurance, led by Christopher Moger QC and Jeffrey Terry) [2003] EWHC 1016 (Ch) – asbestos insurance case; CA – successful case management appeal.

The Impact of the Human Rights Act on Private Law’ (editor, Cambridge, 2011).
Arbitration Appeals, chapter co-written with Clive Freedman QC in ‘Civil Appeals’ (2nd edition, edited by Michael Burton J).
Update Human Rights in the UK, co-author with JJ Rowe QC (Pearson, 4th edition 2013).
Human Rights in the UK, co-author with JJ Rowe QC (Pearson, 3rd edition 2009).
Human Rights and Restitution [2004] RLR.
Current Law Annotations for the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (co-authored, responsible for material on regimes for nuclear security and security for dangerous substances), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 and Terrorism Act 2006.

“David Hoffman’s broad commercial and chancery practice covers insurance, construction and professional negligence.” – Legal 500 (2012)
School: Manchester Grammar School
University: University College, Oxford
School of Law: Inns of Court School of Law
First class law degree, University College Oxford (1993)
BCL graduate degree, University College Oxford (1994)
College Scholarship


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