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David Platt QC

Call 1987 • QC 2011

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

David Platt QC specialises in occupational disease, personal injury, insurance, health and safety, sports, abuse and inquest work. He also undertakes most forms of common law, environmental work and employment related claims.

His occupational disease practice involves all aspects of asbestos litigation, stress at work, NIHL claims, upper limb disorder litigation, asthma, dermatitis, VWF, cancer, COSHH and now Covid-19 claims. He also is regularly instructed in abuse claims involving local authorities and sports bodies. He has been involved in emerging litigation areas such as pilot and aircrew aerotoxicity, passive smoking, DVT, and toxic mould litigation. He also undertakes all aspects of personal injury work (including sports, harassment and related claims) and acts for both claimants and defendants. This often involves injuries of utmost severity and major disaster claims. He has been frequently instructed in Channel Islands litigation and on the Isle of Man.

David undertakes a wide range of health and safety and inquest work. Often this is linked to his disease and personal injury practice given his experience in industrial accidents, asbestos, hazardous substances and fatal claims. Clients value the integrated service which he can therefore provide.

He is also heavily involved in insurance work, particularly that linked to his main areas of practice. He was instructed in the group EL “Trigger” litigation involving mesothelioma claims and has wide experience in EL, PL and general policy construction.

He is recognised as a “leading silk” is all the major legal directories in both Personal Injury and Industrial Disease. He was nominated for the 2020 Personal Injury Silk of the Year award by The Legal 500 and is top tier rated in this directory.

David accepts licensed and public access work in appropriate cases.

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  • MA (Law) Trinity Hall, Cambridge (scholar)


  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


“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

“His knowledge of the relevant areas dealing with asbestos litigation is second to none.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He is the consummate tactician and a natural negotiator.”

Legal 500, 2016

“A persuasive advocate who is excellent at assimilating the detail of a case in a short space of time.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“He has an excellent understanding of complex medical and legal issues.”

Legal 500, 2015

“His legal skills are a given; he’s someone you’re happy to be locked in a room for a day. He’ll get on with your clients and adds something with his advice.”

Chambers & Partners, 2014

“A powerful weapon in any case” and “provides superb advice.”

Legal 500, 2014

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