David Berkley QC – Head of Commercial
Phone: 0161 214 1500
Year of Silk: 1999Book BarristerDownload Details
“Has a diverse practice which encompasses commercial and chancery litigation. He also has extensive experience with banking and insolvency matters and entertainment law disputes.” Chambers & Partners 2019
“Noted for his expertise in directors’ disqualification matters” Legal 500 2019
Barrister And Mediator
- Educated at Manchester Jewish Grammar School
- Gateshead Talmudical College and Manchester University
- Commercial Litigation Assistant at Halliwell Landau 1978-1979
- Appointed Deputy District Judge 1999
- Appointed Recorder (Civil) 2000
- Experience includes major Commercial Litigation; and Civil and Criminal Fraud trials
- Interested in Music Litigation; Commercial Contract Litigation; Commercial Fraud Trials
- Famous clients have included Gary Barlow of Take That!; Granada Television; Stone Roses Management and several Manchester Bands
David was interviewed on Sky News on 18 July 2018 in relation to privacy laws in light of Cliff Richard’s recent award for damages from the BBC.
Legal Directory Recommendations
“Has a diverse practice which encompasses commercial and chancery litigation. He also has extensive experience with banking and insolvency matters and entertainment law disputes.”
Strengths: “A calm, collected and measured barrister, he is an excellent orator and he fights his client’s corner.”
Recent work: “Acted in an interest rate hedging product case relating to a loan to a medical centre.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“His technical knowledge is exemplary.” Legal 500 2017
“Has more than 20 years’ experience in chancery work. He is known for commercial property disputes, employment, professional negligence and regulatory law.”
Strengths: “A very nice chap; he is a very eloquent speaker with good advocacy skills” – Chambers & Partners 2017
“Highly experienced in banking and commercial litigation” – Legal 500 2016
“Has a strong commercial and chancery practice. He is experienced in company and commercial work as well as banking and insolvency matters. He also handles landlord and tenant and partnerships disputes and is an accredited mediator. ” – Chambers & Partners 2016
“An experienced mediator and commercial all-rounder.” – Legal 500 2015
Company and Commercial
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 QC 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 QC’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 2006Book BarristerBack to top
Banking, Finance and Insolvency
Considerable expertise and experience in contentious security and receivership issues; civil and criminal fraud trials; directors’ disqualification work.
Kumar v United Bank Ltd (QBD Commercial Court, Andrew Smith J) 22nd June 2001
Retail Parks SA v JJB Sports Ltd SL Mercantile Court, Manchester Judge Hegarty 19th December 200Book BarristerBack to top
Property and Private Client
Frequently advises in and acts on behalf of professional clients in partnership disputes including those relating to solicitors and accountancy professional practices.
Landlord and Tenant
Considerable expertise and experience in commercial Landlord and Tenant matters and frequently advises property clients in relation to renewals and reviews.Book BarristerBack to top
ADR and Mediation
Qualified Mediator (College of Law credited) and willing to act as Arbitrator in commercial dispute. Member of the Commercial Law Panel of ADR Chambers.Book BarristerBack to top
Sport, Media and Entertainment Law
David has developed a niche in the area of Music Litigation. His famous clients have included Gary Barlow of Take That!; Granada Television; Stone Roses’ management; and several well-known Manchester bands. He has dealt with cases involving intellectual property, copyright and cases of a contractual nature.Book BarristerBack to top