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David Eccles

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David Eccles - Deans Court Chambers



  • Wilmslow Grammar School
  • Clare College, Cambridge - MA (Cantab)


  • Assistant Recorder
  • Recorder - 2000

Professional Associations

  • 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.

Notable Cases

  • Employment

    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.

  • Human Rights

    Re: G4S

    Acted for G4S in a case involving human rights and the use of handcuffs outside prison

  • Clinical Negligence

    Smith -v- West Lancashire Health Authority

    Limitation in clinical negligence

  • Professional Discipline

    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

  • Clinical Negligence

    Hammond -v- West Lancashire Health Authority

    Limitation in clinical negligence

  • Personal Injury

    Ali -v- Bradford City Council

    Duties of Highway Authority

  • Police Actions

    McGrath -v- Lancashire Constabulary

    Use that can be made by Defendant of material disclosed as part of prosecution

  • Regulatory

    Hyland -v- Lancashire Constabulary

    Power of Police to detain

  • Regulatory

    Wilding -v- Lancashire Constabulary

    Test for power to detain in custody by Custody Officer

  • Personal Injury

    Wagstaffe -v- Wagstaffe

    Division of asset when family assets largely consist of personal injury damages.

What the directories say

"He can always identify the best route through a case to achieve the client's aims and the best outcome, even in difficult circumstances. He is excellent with clients, and his settlement and negotiating skills with opponents are second to none." "Very capable and highly skilled, really good at what he does and very personable."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"A well-rounded barrister with vast knowledge of medical issues and clinical negligence."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

"He will always follow through with a case and find a way to support you through it without difficulty." "He was able to prevent unnecessary waffle in the settlement meeting without being rude."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

‘ Thorough in preparation and gets to the nub of the case. ’ 'Great with clients, approachable and thorough'

Legal 500, 2020

"He can always identify the best route through a case to achieve the client's aims and the best outcome, even in difficult circumstances. He is excellent with clients and his settlement and negotiating skills with opponents are second to none."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

‘Approachable and diligent.’

Legal 500, 2018

Continues to manage a diverse clinical negligence practice that encompasses cases concerning gynaecological, surgical and spinal injuries. He is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants. "He has strong intellect, knowledge and experience of clinical negligence and he's pleasant, approachable and helpful." "He has the ability to negotiate and see a way to settlement in the best interests of the client."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘A very good trial lawyer.’

Legal 500, 2017

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 obvious

Legal 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


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


Legal 500, 2010

An animated presence and a safe pair of hands.

Chambers UK 2009


Legal 500, 2009


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