David Matthias KC > Francis Taylor Building > London, England > Barrister Profile

Francis Taylor Building
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Work Department

  • Licensing
  • Administrative and Public
  • Commercial and Property
  • Planning
  • Compulsory Purchase and Land Valuation
  • Local Government
  • Arbitration


David Matthias K.C. was called in 1980 and took Silk in October 2006. He is a qualified Arbitrator having been appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1998, and has been an LSM Accredited Mediator since 2018.

David acts for a wide range of individual, corporate and local authority clients, specialising in licensing, judicial review, commercial and property dispute resolution, planning and compulsory purchase, and local government law.

He has a wealth of experience and a strong reputation for advising and for conducting both litigation and arbitration in major cases in all those areas – recently, for example, on behalf of clients including the Sutton Harbour Group, Bristol Rovers FC, Capita, Datasharp UK, West Ham United, Westminster City Council, the London Boroughs of Camden, Havering and Hackney, and Casinos Austria International GMBH. David’s overseas work has included appearing for a consortium of property developers before the Court of Appeal in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and appearing before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on behalf of Westminster City Council in ‘Hemming’ – the most important licensing case of recent times. He is instructed by major firms of solicitors and some of the busiest local authorities in the country, as well as acting directly for companies, individuals and pressure groups who choose to engage him on their own account on a Licensed Access or Direct Public Access basis.

As a qualified arbitrator since 1998 and an accredited mediator, David enjoys a high reputation for arbitration – both as an advocate and a sitting arbitrator – and for mediation.


Called 1980; Inner Temple; took Silk 2006.


Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)


BA Hons Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Licensing

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Matthias KCFrancis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building has a strong reputation for its ‘unparalleled breadth of expertise across licensing law‘. Gerald Gouriet KC is highly regarded for his expertise in handling high-profile cases involving gambling, taxi, entertainment and alcohol licensing issues, and David Matthias KC has an excellent track record in assisting local authorities with licensing policies. Among the junior end of chambers, the ‘tenaciousLeo Charalambides is a licensing specialist; Gary Grant is ‘a very well prepared and smooth advocate‘; and James Rankin is ‘a superb junior – he is always a master of the brief, exceedingly well prepared and eloquent in court‘.