B.A. (Toronto) LL.B. (Wales). David was admitted as a solicitor in October 1983. He worked as a trainee and assistant solicitor for Phillips and Buck (now Eversheds) in Cardiff before moving to Newport and becoming a partner in Gartside, Harding and Davies (now Gartsides). He practised civil litigation, originally as a commercial litigator, before moving into personal injury and housing law. He joined Cardiff Law School in 1993 to teach on the Legal Practice Course.
David was vice-chairman of the Trainee Solicitors' Group and served on the national committees of the Young Solicitors' Group and the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group. He was chairman of the management committee of Newport CAB from 1992 - 1997, a member of the management committee of Cardiff Law Centre from 2000 - 2006 and chairman of the Confederation of South Wales Law Societies from 2003 - 2006.
In July 2006 David was elected to represent the South Wales constituency on the Law Society's council. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. He was a member of the Law Society's Housing law committee from 2008-2011. He has been a member of the Law Society's Wales committee since 2008 (he chaired the committee from 2011-2014) and a member of its Education and Training committee since 2008. In 2015 David was appointed to the Law Society's Constitutional Law Reference Group. He was elected president of Cardiff and District Law Society in May 2015. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
David is the course leader for the compulsory course in Litigation, the skill of Advocacy and the elective course in Commercial Litigation on the Legal Practice Course. He also teaches Public Law on the Graduate Diploma in Law.
- Commercial Litigation
- Constitutional law
- Civil And Criminal Litigation