David Murray

David Murray

Call 2004

"David has a real eye for technical detail but without losing focus on the overall picture."


The Legal 500

For enquiries please contact

Mark O’Neill
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3777
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Fraser Linning

Fraser Linning
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3708
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Expertise

David has extensive experience of aviation matters, ranging from small disputes concerning passenger claims and private aircraft to multi-million-dollar claims relating to large commercial airliners. He also has experience in the field of aviation regulation.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


A substantial, complex and highly technical arbitration between various insurance interests concerning the loss of a commercial passenger jet.


Monarch Airlines Ltd v Airport Coordination Ltd [2017] EWHC 2896 (Admin)

Several aspects of the fallout from the collapse of Monarch Airlines, including appearing in the judicial review proceedings concerning the allocation of Monarch’s take-off and landing slots, and being involved in proceedings in the Commercial Court between Manchester Airport and the owner of one of Monarch’s aircraft which raised issues as to the extent of the statutory lien available to airport operators to secure unpaid airport charges.


Tigris International NV v China Southern Airlines Co Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1649

A two-week Commercial Court trial (and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal) concerning the sale of six Airbus aircraft.


A Commercial Court claim arising out of alleged breach of a brokerage agreement for the sale of a number of Airbus A340 aircraft.


A High Court claim arising out of damage caused by a fighter jet sustained at a weapons testing facility operated by BAE Systems.


A substantial dispute in the Commercial Court concerning the sale of six Boeing 747 aircraft.


A High Court claim arising out of a helicopter crash.


A variety of other aviation-related disputes, for example disputes concerning security interests over aircraft, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft leasing. David has been instructed to provide expert evidence for foreign proceedings on the liability in English law of aircraft manufacturers for injuries suffered by passengers in air accidents.

David has very substantial experience in all manner of banking and finance disputes. He regularly acts for retail, commercial and investment banks.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


The long-running RBS Rights Issue Litigation, in which David was instructed by RBS and four of its former directors and which settled in the summer of 2017 on the eve of what would have been a trial lasting several months. The claim arose out of the £12 billion rights issue that RBS conducted in 2008 and raised myriad issues of great factual and legal complexity.


Currently acting for JPMorgan in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria worth over $1.7 billion, arising out of the allocation of an offshore deepwater oil prospecting licence alleged to have been procured by bribery and corruption.


AXA SA v Genworth Financial International Holdings Inc & Others [2019] EWHC 3376 (Comm), [2020] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 229

Acting for the Santander group in this c.£600 million claim relating to responsibility for PPI losses.


A number of very substantial Commercial Court disputes between investment banks and European public institutions concerning a range of derivative transactions, including synthetic CDOs.


A series of substantial Commercial Court disputes concerning the trading of freight derivatives and commodity financing transactions.


A large Commercial Court claim involving a complex securitisation transaction.


Cases involving derivatives of various kinds, including several cases which raise issues of the construction or effect of documentation such as the ISDA Master Agreement.


Thornbridge Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc[2015] EWHC 3430 (QB)

Acting for a number of major banks in relation to alleged mis-selling of interest-rate derivative contracts. David was instructed by Barclays in its successful defence in one of the leading cases in this field.


Civil claims arising out of the alleged manipulation of LIBOR, in which David has frequently been instructed to act for banks.


Claims on the retail/commercial side concerning loans, guarantees, mortgages and other security interests, fraud, breach of mandate, mistaken payments and negligence. David has extensive experience of bringing and defending these cases.


Claims brought against banks under legislation such as the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 and the Consumer Credit Act 1974, which David has extensive experience of defending.


Banking regulation and disputes concerning the application of rules imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority and other regulators, including the European Central Bank.

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Federal Republic of Nigeria v JPMorgan Chase Bank NA [2019] EWCA Civ 1641

Acting for JPMorgan in a case worth over $1.7 billion arising out of the allocation of an offshore deepwater oil prospecting licence alleged to have been procured by bribery and corruption.

David is regularly instructed in all types of commercial and contractual disputes in a wide range of fields, in addition to the aviation and banking and finance experience listed above.

David has been involved in several international commercial disputes raising issues of jurisdiction and/or choice of law. Many of the cases mentioned above featured jurisdiction and/or choice of law issues.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


A Commercial Court dispute concerning the alleged breach of a licence agreement.


AH Baldwin & Sons Ltd v Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani [2012] EWHC 3156 (QB)

A series of related proceedings concerning auction sales and worldwide freezing injunctions.


Various disputes involving agency, including the rules which apply to commercial agents.


Safeway Stores Ltd v Twigger [2010] EWCA Civ 1472, [2011] 2 All ER 841

Raised for the first time the issue of whether a company which has been fined for breaking the law can claim an indemnity for the fine from the employees allegedly responsible for the infringement. David was part of the team that successfully applied to have the claim struck out on the basis of the illegality defence.


A substantial dispute in the British Virgin Islands concerning the ownership of shares in a large mobile phone operator.


A Commercial Court dispute concerning the sale and financing of a cargo ship.


A High Court dispute concerning a gold mine in Ukraine.


An application to the English court for a stay of proceedings in favour of the courts of Uganda on forum non conveniens.


An application to the Commercial Court for a stay of proceedings brought in England in breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause.


Deutsche Bank AG v Petromena ASA [2015] EWCA Civ 226, [2015] 1 WLR 4225

A number of applications to the Commercial Court for a stay of proceedings under the European judgments regulation and/or the Lugano Convention in favour of the courts of other European states.


Disputes involving significant elements of foreign law. David has plenty of experience in this regard and is used to working with experts on foreign law.

David is regularly instructed to advise on a range of insurance issues, such as coverage disputes and aggregation clauses.

Notable Insurance Cases


A very substantial dispute, which raises a number of complex coverage points, concerning claims arising out of the collapse of a major European corporation.


A dispute concerning the effect on an ATE policy of a finding of fraud against the insured.


A substantial, complex and highly technical arbitration between various insurance interests concerning the loss of a commercial passenger jet.


Commercial Court proceedings concerning the allocation of c.£600 million of PPI losses.

David has considerable experience in both institutional (ICC, LCIA) and ad hoc arbitrations, both as sole advocate and as a junior member of a team. He also has experience of arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties.

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Acting as sole counsel in two ICC arbitrations – one, in London, concerning the breach of a share sale agreement relating to a joint venture company in Dubai; and one, in Paris, concerning the design and manufacture of a grand prix racing motorcycle.


Acting in an ICC arbitration concerning a joint venture to design and manufacture gas turbines; the case involved issues of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction as well as the underlying dispute.


Appearing in arbitration-related court proceedings. Recent examples include a substantial application to the Commercial Court for a stay of English proceedings in favour of a foreign arbitration, and an application before the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre to have DIFC court proceedings dismissed in favour of LCIA arbitration.


Obtaining and resisting anti-arbitration injunctions from the Commercial Court (again as sole counsel).

David has extensive experience of professional negligence claims, particularly in the financial sector.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


A very substantial claim in the DIFC Courts on behalf of Deloitte arising out of the collapse of a Lebanese bank.


Stone & Rolls Limited v Moore Stephens (House of Lords: [2009] UKHL 39, [2009] 1 AC 1391)

A number of claims against auditors, including the now-infamous case of Stone & Rolls Limited v Moore Stephens which raised for the first time the question whether an auditor can rely on the defence of illegality when sued for failing to detect fraud in the audited company.


Williams v Lishman, Sidwell, Campbell & Price Ltd (Court of Appeal: [2010] EWCA Civ 418)

David acted (with Mark Simpson QC) which concerns numerous points under the Limitation Act 1980.


Acting on numerous occasions for the “Big Four” accountancy practices in claims for alleged negligence in the conduct of financial due diligence exercises.


Acting recently in relation to an auditors’ negligence dispute in Hong Kong, and a solicitors’ negligence claim in the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.


Acting recently for a large bank in relation to a very substantial claim for negligent investment advice.


Pursuing and defending solicitors’ negligence claims in a range of fields, including negligent drafting of agreements and negligent conduct of proceedings.

"Provides good, sensible advice, is a really nice chap to deal with and is someone who’s prepared to work hard to get the right answer for the client."


Chambers & Partners

"Experienced beyond his years, he is highly knowledgeable and always delivers advice with the client’s commercial objectives in mind." "His cross examination is excellent and astute, and he has a good grasp of the technical side of the law."


Chambers & Partners

"Extremely bright, very confident and someone who produces good paperwork." "He is really fantastic."


Chambers & Partners

"A hugely talented junior with great attention-to-detail and he displays sober, sensible judgement at all times."


The Legal 500

"He is excellent to deal with, and has a good, user-friendly manner which appeals to clients and solicitors alike."


The Legal 500

"He is noted for financial-sector claims."


The Legal 500

"Extremely bright and able."


Chambers & Partners

"Everything it takes to be a future star."


Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
The Legal 500
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance (including Consumer Credit)

  • BVC (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law
  • BCL (Distinction – highest mark in the University), Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (Law) (First Class), Christ Church, Oxford

  • Called to the Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Ad hoc admission to the Gibraltar Bar

  • Vinerian Scholarship, Oxford University
  • Eldon Scholarship, Oxford University
  • Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Prize for best performance in Restitution BCL paper, Oxford University
  • Prize for best performance in Commercial Law Finals paper, Oxford University
  • Tutor in law, Christ Church, Oxford (2004-2005)
  • Internship at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005)
  • Pegasus Scholarship, Hong Kong (2007)

  • French (working knowledge)

For enquiries please contact

Mark O’Neill
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3777
Click here to email

Fraser Linning

Fraser Linning
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3708
Click here to email

"Provides good, sensible advice, is a really nice chap to deal with and is someone who’s prepared to work hard to get the right answer for the client."


Chambers & Partners

"Experienced beyond his years, he is highly knowledgeable and always delivers advice with the client’s commercial objectives in mind." "His cross examination is excellent and astute, and he has a good grasp of the technical side of the law."


Chambers & Partners

"Extremely bright, very confident and someone who produces good paperwork." "He is really fantastic."


Chambers & Partners

"A hugely talented junior with great attention-to-detail and he displays sober, sensible judgement at all times."


The Legal 500

"He is excellent to deal with, and has a good, user-friendly manner which appeals to clients and solicitors alike."


The Legal 500

"He is noted for financial-sector claims."


The Legal 500

"Extremely bright and able."


Chambers & Partners

"Everything it takes to be a future star."


Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
The Legal 500
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance (including Consumer Credit)

  • BVC (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law
  • BCL (Distinction – highest mark in the University), Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (Law) (First Class), Christ Church, Oxford

  • Called to the Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Ad hoc admission to the Gibraltar Bar

  • Vinerian Scholarship, Oxford University
  • Eldon Scholarship, Oxford University
  • Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Prize for best performance in Restitution BCL paper, Oxford University
  • Prize for best performance in Commercial Law Finals paper, Oxford University
  • Tutor in law, Christ Church, Oxford (2004-2005)
  • Internship at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris (2005)
  • Pegasus Scholarship, Hong Kong (2007)

  • French (working knowledge)

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