5 Essex Court

David Messling

Call 2017

Public / Administrative

David’s judicial review experience includes successfully defending a challenge to police powers of seizure and responding to challenges to decisions made under the PRA 2002 complaints regime. He has also acted in proceedings regarding the jurisdiction of English police forces in Northern Ireland.

David is currently one of a number of junior barristers instructed by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, as part of the Inquiry’s ongoing Phase 2 investigation. 

Before commencing pupillage, David worked as an adjudicator for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, including responding to judicial review claims against the ombudsman.

During pupillage, David drafted summary and detailed grounds in defence of judicial review proceedings against public authorities, under the supervision of Francesca Whitelaw, Alan Payne QC and Bilal Rawat.