David Travers KC acts for a wide range of clients ranging from major commercial and industrial concerns to small businesses, directors and other individuals. He also acts for UK Regulatory Bodies and Local Authorities and has experience as a non-executive director.
A large part of his practice is in Regulatory Law and the criminal, contractual and tortious disputes arising in relation to it; these include: Consumer Protection (including Product Liability & Recall, Food Safety, and Trading Standards); Health & Safety (including Construction and Fire Safety); Environmental Law; Public Law (including Planning and Local Government) and Professional & Disciplinary law. He has extensive experience as an advocate and has appeared for clients in courts at every level and in public inquiries, inquests, arbitrations, mediations and professional conduct tribunals.
His court appearances include numerous appeals related to the ‘due diligence’ defence, work-related fatal accidents, serious food poisoning outbreaks, disputes relating to environmental permits, nuclear safeguards, and transfrontier shipment of waste.
David’s wide advisory practice covers the areas in which he appears as an advocate as well as including labelling and marketing of food and other products, advertising, product liability & recall, tortious and contractual liability for construction & commercial activity (particularly where these relate to the regulatory landscape), as well as issues related to the lawfulness of decision-making by public bodies. He has advised widely on issues related to Brexit and the wider implications of England and Wales being outside the European Union. During the pandemic he has advised numerous companies and organisations on the Covid regime and the impact of that regime on their business.
He is particularly experienced in cases involving technical evidence.
David is astutely aware of the commercial issues for clients, not least because of his experience as a non-executive Director.
David has numerous cases reported in the law reports (going as far back as 1986) and reported in the media, including specialist trade publications. He is recommended as a leading lawyer in a number of practice areas by the main independent directories:-
- Health and Safety (Band 1), Consumer Law (Band 1), Environmental Law (Band 2), Inquests & Inquiries (Band 3), and Local Government (Band 4) [by Legal 500]
- Consumer Law (Band 1), Health and Safety (Band 2), Environmental Law (Band 2), and Life Sciences (Spotlight table) [by Chambers and Partners]
- Health and Safety, and Environmental Law [by Best Lawyers (US based)]
- Environmental Law [by Who’s Who Legal]
David has also been named more than once as “Consumer Barrister of the Year” and “Food Barrister of the Year” [Corporate America Today and Global 100]