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David Lock was called to the Bar in 1985 and made a KC in 2011.   He is a public law specialist and was judged by a panel of leading lawyers to be the Legal 500 Public Law QC of the Year for 2020.  He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench and Family Divisions.

David has appeared in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal on many occasions, the High Court, the County Court, the Court of Protection, has drafted Parliamentary Bills and has advised individuals, companies and government bodies in a variety of international jurisdictions. He has vast trial experience, including cross-examining expert and lay witnesses, but also has a wide-ranging public law and appellate practice.

He is exceptionally knowledgeable and gains the confidence of vulnerable clients.’ Legal 500 2018

David took silk in 2011 and since then has appeared in a series of high profile administrative and public law cases, acting for public bodies and against them.  David is joint editor (with Hannah Gibbs) of the leading practitioner’s book, “NHS Law and Practice” and his technical expertise as a public lawyer has been recognised by his appointment as one of the joint editors (along with David Blundell) of the leading journal “Judicial Review”.

David has a particular expertise in public sector pension schemes, particularly in cases involving medical retirement or pension rights associated with injuries suffered by public servants in the course of their work. He is the author of the Landmark Guide to the Law on Police Pensions.

He was on the panel of Treasury counsel before taking silk.  David has also appeared in leading cases concerning local government, immigration, police, prisoners’ rights and procurement law.  David was appointed as a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘A’ panel in May 2019. This panel of counsel plays an important role in helping the Commission to achieve its objectives which include reducing inequality, eliminating discrimination and protecting human rights.


David has had an interesting and diverse career. After spending 10 years at the Bar in Birmingham he was elected as a Member of Parliament and was appointed to be a Minister at the Lord Chancellor’s Department from 1999 to 2001. He has also served as a local councillor and chaired substantial Non-Departmental Public Bodies. He has also worked within a major law firm, Mills & Reeve, leading the healthcare practice and seeing life from the other side of the solicitor/barrister divide.

David is a member of the BMA Ethics Committee, was chair of Innovation Birmingham Limited (the company which runs the Birmingham Science Park).  He has also served as a non-Executive director of a major NHS Foundation Trust.

David was selected by the Birmingham Law Society to be their ‘Barrister of the Year’ in 2011.