5 Essex Court

David Messling

Call 2017


David has five years’ experience of working in the Higher Education sector, including for students’ unions, the Quality Assurance Agency, and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. He has represented individual students in University hearings concerning misconduct and disability. David’s experience of higher education policy areas includes institutions’ obligations under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, student funding and access to higher education, institutions’ response to allegations of criminal conduct.

As a former adjudicator for the OIA, he has extensive experience of issues in higher education, including complaints relating to the Equality Act, serious student misconduct, harassment complaint, visa and immigration cases, complaints relating to consumer law, and fitness to practise appeals (including NMC, GMC and HCPC cases). He has also dealt with a large number of cases involving academic misconduct and student academic appeals. 

Whilst working for the OIA David regularly visited universities and colleges across England and Wales delivering training on fair handling of complaints and appeals. 


David has experience of acting in Employment Tribunal proceedings. During pupillage, under the supervision of Alan Payne QC, he worked on defending a discrimination claim against the government, and on claims involving challenges to police pay and conditions.