David Josty



Children Public Law

David has acted in a broad range of public law cases on behalf of Local Authorities, private parties (including parents, grandparents and aunts) and Guardians. Cases with which David has had considerable experience include those involving allegations of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, domestic violence, and substance misuse. David also has experience in public law cases involving the Official Solicitor.

Children Private Law

David regularly acts in contested private law proceedings ranging from residence and contact disputes to cases concerning removal from jurisdiction and change of name. He has considerable experience in Finding of Fact (Re: L) hearings and his practice in private law work has led to an increasing number of appearances in the High Court.

Family Finance

David has developed a practice around his interest in TOLATA and, as a result, he also receives instruction in ancillary relief matters (for both private and publicly-funded clients). His experience in this area extends to cases involving businesses, foreign assets, pensions and intervening third party interests.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Characteristic of an active common law practice, David regularly receives instructions in civil work including personal injury and clinical negligence. Where possible, David draws on the advantages afforded to him through his professional qualifications and experiences attained before being called to the Bar.


Year of call: 2002
Areas of specialism:
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Family Finance
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Biomedical Science (Kingston University)
  • M.Sc. Forensic Science (King's College London)
  • Dip Law (PGDL) (College of Law)
  • Dip Law (BVC) (Cardiff University)
Professional associations:
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit
Outside Interests:
  • Leisure time is spent with his family (3 children) and, when time allows, he enjoys cycling and walks in the New Forest.