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David Platt KC

Call 1987 • KC 2011

"One of the best QCs of his generation."
(Chambers & Partners)

Sports Law

David undertakes all aspects of personal injury related sports work and has advised a number of sports bodies and governing organisations (frequently on a confidential basis) on matters related to injury, disease and sexual abuse claims.  Often these cases have the potential to form class actions or precedent litigation.  This includes claims arising from allegations of concussive or long-term neurological injury.

He has considerable general experience in group litigation and is rated in Chambers and Partners as an expert in this area (cf recently the MoD Military Deafness Claims [2020-23], the Collective Aerotoxicity Litigation [2023, ongoing]; the CDSS Group Litigation [2022] and the British Steel Coke Oven Workers GLO (Hutson v TATA Steel) [2022].

He has advised both on the existence of duties of care (when sought to be imposed on sports bodies) and on the appropriate standard of care.  He also undertakes more straightforward injury claims, particularly in professional football, where damages have the potential to be very substantial.  Again, he is often retained on a confidential basis.

His background in all forms of industrial and occupational disease gives him very extensive experience in neurological, epidemiological, toxicological and orthopaedic matters and he is well accustomed to working with large teams of litigation and medico-legal professionals.

His abuse work has historically involved claims against both local authorities and individual private sector organisations.

As a former broadcaster for the BBC, he has undertaken litigation work for both the BBC and ITN in several high profile media injury claims.

He is frequently consulted in personal injury and other common law claims in the Channel Islands and has considerable experience of Jersey and Guernsey procedure and litigation.

He is rated in all the major Directories as a leading silk in both personal injury, occupational disease and group litigation. He was nominated for the 2020 “Personal Injury Silk of the Year” award by The Legal 500.

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Recommendations


“He is the stand-out silk in disease litigation and the one to go to for complex or leading issues.”….. “He has a huge capacity to absorb details of a case and a proper academic understanding of quite difficult issues that arise.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“One of the best disease silks in the country. Provides clear and analytical advice. He understands the broader commercial realities.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

‘David is a Rolls Royce of a silk. Excellent robust and no-nonsense advice.’

Legal 500, 2024

“He is an incredibly intelligent person who offers logical advice. He is pragmatic, down to earth and very effective.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“David is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Superb to work with – the advice he provides is clear, commercially sensible and tactically astute.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“He is a very good advocate who is always on top of his game and is well respected by both clients and opponents.” “He is bright, enthusiastic and extremely experienced in high-level disease cases.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“A real expert when it comes to dealing with complex medical and scientific issues and handling multiple experts on these issues.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A top-quality barrister who really knows his area.”; “He’s a very impressive advocate and has a good head for complex issues.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Always immaculately prepared, demonstrating mastery of the papers. He has a prodigious intellect and is also highly personable and approachable. He understands the value of relationships.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“His courtroom manner is confident. He presents the arguments in a clear and logical fashion.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He never wastes a word and just instinctively knows what the pressure points are for a judge.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016


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