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David Platt QC

Call 1987 • QC 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, and he has considerable general experience in group litigation (cf recently the Collective Aerotoxicity Litigation [2020] EWHC 543 (QB); British Steel Coke Oven Workers GLO (Hutson v TATA Steel) [2019] EWHC 1608 and the MoD Military Deafness Claims [2020]).

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 and occupational disease. He has been nominated for the 2020 “Personal Injury Silk of the Year” award by The Legal 500.

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Qualifications


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

Memberships


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

Recommendations


“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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