Particular Specialist Interests
General Commercial Litigation: “Noted for his commerciality” in the Legal 500 (2008 Edition), this is the primary area of practice with an emphasis on major trial work.
Music Litigation: David Berkley KC has developed a niche in this area. His famous clients have included Gary Barlow of Take That!; Granada Television; Stone Roses’ management; and several well-known Manchester bands.
Past Chairman of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association and a Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association.
Frequent lecturer having conducted seminars in-house at Herbert Smith; Freshfields and other leading City firms. Has been closely associated with Nottingham Law School and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
In order to provide an indication of the range and depth of David Berkley KC’s practice, the following represents a summary of recent reported cases in which he has been instructed:
Jervis v Harris  Ch 195
Barrett McKenzie & Co v Escada (UK) Ltd QBD 1st February 2001
Rakusens Ltd v Baser Ambalaj Pastik Sanayi Ticaretas  EWCA Civ.1820 (Court of Appeal)
Burnett v Harper – Court of Appeal 4th May 2001
J Barry v J Barry (Plant Hire) Ltd  EQCA (Civ.614)
Mark Blunden v Frogmore Investments Ltd  EWCA (Civ.573) Court of Appeal,  29 Estates Gazette 153
Coutts & Co v Clarke  EWCA (Civ.943), Court of Appeal
Hayes v Phonogram Ltd and Others  EWHC 2062 (Ch) (Blackburne J)
R v Independent Television Commission ex parte Boyd-Hunt  EWHC 2296 Admin (Newman J)
Russell v Finn  EWCA Civ. 399 Court of Appeal
Goldmile Properties Limited v Speiro Lechouritis  EWCA Civ 49
In re China Jazz Worldwide Plc v Secretary of State  EWHC 2665, Patten J
Halpern v Halpern  EWHC 1728 Comm  3 AER 113
Halpern v Halpern  EWCA 603 (Comm) The Times 14th May 2006