The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.

Living Wage
Work 020 7430 1221
Fax 020 7421 6060

David Lock QC

Work 020 7430 1221
Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.)


David is a public law silk with a varied public law practice focusing on health, social care and police matters. David moved to Landmark Chambers in January 2014. He has extensive experience acting for and against NHS bodies, local authorities and many other public bodies. He is a recognised specialist in the law relating to the NHS and maintains the website Much of David’s work involves confidential strategic advice to large public sector bodies, in particular around future planning, resource allocation, priorities and responding to changes in government policy. David has considerable experience in central and local government matters, having served as a councillor, MP and government minister in the Lord Chancellor’s department from 1999 to 2001. He appeared for the successful appellant local authority in the leading case on ordinary residence for adults with learning difficulties (R (Ota Cornwall Council) v Secretary of State for Health: Court of Appeal – January 2014) and for Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign in R (Ota Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and another) v Secretary of State for Health : October 2013). He regularly appears in contentious matters concerning consent to medical treatment and in GP and dental contracting cases (Krebs v. NHS England – October 2013) and Pitalia v NHS England – March 2014). He is also regularly instructed in sports law cases such as Cronin v Greyhound Club of Great Britain. David has a particular expertise in the law relating to mental incapacity and is instructed on international cases with very significant financial implications. His other areas of practice include NHS continuing care, the law of elections, medical regulation, consent to treatment and all aspect of governance of public bodies, procurement and public sector pensions (especially in the area of police pensions where he has many reported cases). David is a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trusts, which is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and chair of Innovation Birmingham Limited which runs the Birmingham Science Park. He is Chair of the West Midlands Labour Finance and Industry Group.


Called 1985; QC 2011; Landmark Chambers 2014 to date.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

David Lock QC - Landmark ChambersA compelling advocate with a breadth of practice and total understanding of NHS legislation.

[back to top]

Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

David Lock QC - Landmark ChambersHe has a huge brain and understands the NHS like no other counsel.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to