- Wilmslow Grammar School
- Clare College, Cambridge - MA (Cantab)
- Assistant Recorder
- Recorder - 2000
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Member of the Northern Circuit
David is a leading practitioner in both general Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury work: He acts regularly for both Claimants and Defendants in a range of cases including many of very high value and complexity. He also regularly undertakes claims concerned with civil actions against the Police and has again acted over the years for both Claimants and Defendants. He was Junior Counsel for the Health Authority in the Shipman Inquiry. These areas of work have also led to David developing a practice in regulatory work (both for Health Practitioners and Police Officers), and have involved significant judicial review work in a range of fields.
David also undertakes Professional Discipline work and has been involved in cases at both the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council
David brings a thoroughness of preparation and advocacy but with a clear understanding of the clients’ needs and wishes and he aims to be approachable, down to earth and easy to work with.
David is married with three children and enjoys the theatre, reading, the cinema, and travel. He is also a keen cricket and football fan and plays bridge.
Tracy Amanda Boylin –v- The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
David Eccles was instructed by Mike McKenna of Hill Dickinson LLP to represent the Christie Hospital Manchester, the world renowned cancer hospital, in a claim brought against it by its former Associate Director of Human Resources, Tracy Boylin. Ms Boylin alleged that she had been bullied and harassed and caused stress at work to the extent that she had developed a psychiatric injury which caused her to be unable to continue at work, have a long absence from work and to have grave difficulties working again. Damages well in excess of £1m were sought. After a six day High Court Trial in Liverpool, Mr. Justice Kenneth Parker found in favour of the Defendant and Ms. Boylin’s claim failed in its entirety.
Acted for G4S in a case involving human rights and the use of handcuffs outside prison
Smith -v- West Lancashire Health Authority
Limitation in clinical negligence
GMC -v- Dr M
Represented a GP who was accused of plagiarism as regards completion of an application to a GP Deanery: he was one of a number of applicants accused of similar failings
Hammond -v- West Lancashire Health Authority
Limitation in clinical negligence
Ali -v- Bradford City Council
Duties of Highway Authority
McGrath -v- Lancashire Constabulary
Use that can be made by Defendant of material disclosed as part of prosecution
Hyland -v- Lancashire Constabulary
Power of Police to detain
Wilding -v- Lancashire Constabulary
Test for power to detain in custody by Custody Officer
Wagstaffe -v- Wagstaffe
Division of asset when family assets largely consist of personal injury damages.
Known for recent work on the defendant side of diverse clinical negligence, personal injury and police law cases. Also receives praise for his work with claimants. "He is perceptive in terms of his analysis of the issues as to quantum."Chambers UK, 2017
'A highly experienced clinical negligence practitioner.'Legal 500, 2016
Well regarded advocate who maintains a wealth of experience in both the clinical negligence and personal injury fields, and is equally adept in acting for both claimants and defendants. "He's very sensible, with good judgement."Chambers UK, 2016
Works really hard for clients, and frequently finds solutions which are not obviousLegal 500, 2015
Handles both clinical negligence and personal injury work. He is praised by peers for his strong advocacy. "He is very bright and very approachable - it makes him popular with the judges." "He has the technical ability, but is also very personable and knows what the client wants."Chambers UK, 2015
Very thorough and reliable. (Personal injury and clinical negligence)Legal 500, 2014
Recommended.Legal 500, 2014
Instructing solicitors state that "it's a joy to work with an advocate of such sound and sensible judgement".Chambers UK, 2013
A tough, combative performer.Chambers UK 2012
Recommended.Legal 500, 2010
An animated presence and a safe pair of hands.Chambers UK 2009
Recommended.Legal 500, 2009