David Burles > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC
1GC | Family Law


David is a specialist in matrimonial finance, including financial remedy applications, trusts of land and cohabitation disputes as well as also undertaking private law children disputes (domestic and international). David’s work is focused on cases of significant complexity and typically with high assets. Reported cases include ABC v PM & JM [2015] All ER (D) 122; N v N (Ancillary Relief) [2010] 2 FLR 1093; 4Eng Ltd v Harper & Ors (No 2) [2009] EWHC 2633 (Ch); Dixon v Marchant (CA) [2008] 1 FLR 655; Re H (Abduction) (CA) [2007] 1 FLR 242; Young v Lauretani (Ch) [2007] 2 FLR 1211; Re G (Secure Accommodation) (CA) [2000] 2 FLR 259; N v N (Jurisdiction: Pre-Nuptial Agreement) [1999] 2 FLR 745; Re VB (Minors: Child Abduction; Rights of Custody) [1999] 2 FLR 192; David is published frequently including: Applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989, Jordans [2001] – lead contributor; Halsbury’s Laws, Vol 5 (Children and Young Persons) [2007 – contributor to sections on Schedule 1 claims and child support; Butterworths Civil Court Precedents and Pleadings (children family breakdown) – contributor on civil partnerships. Articles include: ‘Business Ain’t What it Used to Be’; Family Law, [2012]; ‘Schedule 1 cases – recent developments’ Family Law Week, April 2006; ‘The Footballer’s Divorce – A Game of Two Halves’ Sport and the Law Journal (2005); Vol 13, Issue 3; ‘Burns v Burns – 20 Years On’ Family Law 2003, 834; ‘S 37 MCA 1973 and Freezing Shares’ Family Law 1999, 578; ‘Conduct and Ancillary Relief’ Family Law 1997, 804;


Called 1984, Middle Temple; Appointed Deputy District Judge – Central Family Court and South Eastern Circuit in 2007 with ‘ticket’ to hear private law children cases 2011.


FLBA; Common Law Bar Association; Legal Advisory Group; Law Commission Cohabitation Law Project 2005-07 and Law Commission Enforcement of Judgments Project 2016;


Gilbert Cunningham Prize, Middle Temple; Bristol University (1983 LLB Hons); Kings College London (1998 Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law – distinction).


Hockey, golf, cricket, gardening.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David Burles1GC | Family Law ‘David is an exceptional barrister, who is always extremely well prepared and have a full understanding of the case and issues involved. He is also an excellent communicator, who is able to deal with even the most difficult of clients and put them at ease. He rarely gets flustered and is able to deal with any situation which might arise.’