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Doughty Street Chambers

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David practises predominantly in immigration, asylum, public law, and employment and as well as general civil litigation.

David has been listed as a leading junior in the directories since 2013 and has been appointed as a Special Advocate by the Attorney General. He also sits as a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

David’s general public law practice is wide-ranging with a particular recent focus on procurement issues, claims for and against Educational Institutions, and consultation challenges to hospital and school closures. His experience of regulatory and standards matters has also seen him instructed in statutory appeals on behalf of elected representatives, disqualified for breaches of their Codes of Conduct.

As an experienced civil litigator David accepts instructions in a wide range of areas, including unlawful detention matters, Article 1 Protocol 1 damages claims, discrimination claims, actions against the police and defamation actions (both Claimant and Defendant). He is also instructed on a wide range general contractual matters, from successfully representing Jeremy Corbyn MP in the high profile litigation concerning the proper interpretation of the Labour Party’s leadership election rules, to an international dispute concerning the ownership of a Boeing 757 representing Ethiopian Airways, in which he represented Ethiopian Airways.


Year of Call: 2000; Middle Temple Inn.


Amnesty International


City of London School for Boys; Leeds University (1998, LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

David LemerDoughty Street ChambersDavid has no weaknesses. He is good with clients and very honest.

London Bar > Police law (claimant)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David Lemer Doughty Street Chambers ‘A solid and hard working junior, who leaves no stone unturned. Technically good and easy to work with.’      

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

David LemerDoughty Street Chambers ‘David does a great job at identifying the potential grounds of challenge in unusual and tricky judicial reviews. His advice is clear and realistic.’