David Kinnear

Called to BAR: 1989

Construction & Building Disputes
Money Claims & Debt
Professional Negligence
Technology, Media, Telecoms
Company Law
Data Protection & Privacy
Banking & Financial Services
Contract Law
Partnership Disputes
Sale of Goods
Employment Law
Mediator
Shareholder Disputes

About David

Summary

David is a Private Client Barrister & International Commercial Counsel. He brings 20+ years of business, legal and strategic experience to the table for his clients. His exposure to both UK and US business and legal sectors – and the distinctive cultural aspects of each – is especially helpful for clients contemplating cross-border transactions. He is routinely called on to advise on the terms of commercial transactions and agreements. He is an experienced litigator, representing clients in court proceedings, arbitration hearings, mediations and before government regulatory bodies. He is an Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

Specialist areas of law include

Banking & Financial Services

Company Law

Construction & Building Disputes

Contract Law

Mediator

Money Claims & Debt

Partnership Disputes

Data Protection & Privacy

Professional Negligence

Sale of Goods

Shareholder Disputes

Technology, Media, Telecoms

Employment Law

Profile description

David is a LegalTech founder & Investor, Non-Exec. (NED) / Advisory Board member and the Publisher of High Performance Counsel (“HPC”). He is a co-founder and director of Small Claims Portal, a legal technology and services company designed to deliver a turnkey solution for millions of businesses and consumers dealing with small claims litigation. He was a co-founder of CLiXLEX (now KIM) a legal technology company focused on legal process automation, which was successfully acquired by a leading legal services provider.

David spent his early years in private litigation practice – largely focused on substantial construction, engineering and commercial real estate disputes. David worked for leading law firms Pinsent Masons and Linklaters in London before moving to New York to join Credit Suisse. As Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, he helped negotiate & execute the relocation of Credit Suisse into its (now) NYC global HQ – the iconic Eleven Madison Avenue.

David has directed major global outsourcing, shared sourcing, HR operations & process efficiency initiatives including the digitization of records, the global roll-out of PeopleSoft HRMS & Y2K Compliance. He has worked extensively in the UK, US, Philippines, India and China markets in the areas of data management, HR and BPO – and most recently LPO, LegalOps.

David graduated from the University of Manchester with Honors in Law and Bar School (College of Legal Education) in London, and has been a member of Middle Temple since 1989.

Member: Bar of England & Wales, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, Federation of Integrated Conflict Management, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Society of Mediators, The Civil Mediation Council, and the Mediator Network.

Testimonials

“Clerksroom Direct have very good barristers but one barrister in particular has been absolutely amazing. That barrister is Sima Najma. She took on a very complicated case for me at a short notice and did an amazing job. Not only she was professional but compassionate and FEARLESS! In my opinion she is one of best barristers I have ever come across. Highly recommend Clerksroom Direct and definitely recommend barrister Sima Najma. Aklima Bibi (Luton)”

Aklima Bibi

“Rory is a life saver. Remarkably prompt communication and assistance throughout. We found ourselves in a very tight spot with a looming deadline in a rather complex cons ruction dispute. Due to the time restraints, many chambers were reluctant to even touch the case. Rory Nunn of Clerksroom Direct was able to pick the case up so quickly and arrange for a specialist expert counsel, Ed Ross, to accept instructions at a very short notice. Rory was also very helpful with the pricing arrangements as well as the retainer, essentially maximising the service that the client would receive. He stayed in touch with us throughout and then made all necessary arrangements literally overnight, and was extremely helpful throughout in liaising with the client and the counsel. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. Will be my first port of call for all future needs when it comes to instructing counsel.”

B Malik

“4 reviews GB 5 stars: Excellent A day ago From the 1st contact with Clerksroom… From the 1st contact with Clerksroom and Sam Morgan I was very impressed with the service provided. They secured me a Barrister at the 11th hour and i was so happy with Balahl Khan. He prepped for the hearing with little time and was very well prepared. He was available to speak to and answered my questions, he really did a great job for me and was able to have the appeal dismissed at court. I would strongly recommend Clerksroom and my barrister Balahl Khan.”

Darryl Jaffe

“Super fast and Efficient. Rory assisted me in obtaining a Barrister just 4 working days before my court case. The Barrister (Mr. Omololu Thomas) held a telephone meeting with me on the Friday and then met me in Court on the following Monday and obtained the desired Not Guilty result. I thought that I would not be able to get representation as the firm who were originally assigned said it was too late to represent me. The whole process was slick and the Magistrates have also allowed me to reclaim the Barristers costs.”

Dave P

“I just wanted to thank you for assisting me in relation to that presented. As regards Angus Gloag – Absolutely outstanding at all levels – in particular, client care, fact management, Court process – As a member of the Bar myself, as indicated to Angus, I learnt a huge amount from him in 24 hours. I will recommend him and Clerksroom without hesitation – I also have no doubt that I will be further reverting to Angus as to a potential challenge as to the conduct of the Court officials in this matter.”

Doug Feery

“William Magill, Barrister. One word sums up William’s advocacy style – Majestic. His meticulous trial preparation instilled confidence. Clarity of both oral and written expression was simply stunning. His instant grasp of the fundamental issues, coupled with his laser focus on salient points, always took centre stage, thereby saving time, money, and energy. He followed the evidence, crafted compelling arguments, yet appreciated the value of pragmatism to achieve fast and efficient case closure, with no downside for his client. Most importantly he reached out to offer client support with impeccable timing.”

Janet Watkin

“Amazing Family legal support. I want to begin by, why we chose Clerksroom Direct. We had done our research and certainly found an awful lot of positive feedback. I must be honest, I had my reservations and thought, that can’t be all true surely. But having worked with Sam and the team, I can confirm everything that we found out about you, is absolutely true and exceeded our expectations in representing us for my son. Let me be clear, this is not a process we are competent in and we needed a lot of direction and support. Sam, Rebecca and the team did more than that. The team were very quick to respond to emails, assist with our telephone enquiries, provide reassurance at each part of the process. This was a very difficult and stressful time for us and I don’t know what we could have done without Clerksroom direct team. We had chosen Rebecca Hodgkin to represent us during the family court matter from Clerksroom. Rebecca was excellent, I did tell her that she was rocket fuel, and I meant that in a positive way. She was amazing. Rebecca, clearly understood our needs, believed in us, provided clear guidance throughout the process and made sure that my sons best interests were clearly communicated and understood by the legal system. Rebecca is extremely professional, sharp and amazing at how she conducts herself. There is a lot more I could say, but it still doesn’t do Rebecca justice. I feel it’s important to communicate this positive experience to the organisation as you have one hell of a team that puts their client’s needs first. Please pass on our thanks to all the team that assist us. Keep up the great work, you and the team are doing. Take care all and thank you so much.”

Jay (Direct Access Client)

“Rory has always been very prompt in his responses to all of my emails during my family court hearing. He was able to provide details about Rebecca Hodgkin last minute when I made the decision that I needed the support of a barrister for the final hearing. Rebecca was able to catch up with what was a complex case and she made me feel less anxious about the possible outcome which proved to be successful. I can now now move on with my children and finally put the whole nightmare behind me. I hope to never have to require a barrister again but if I do, I know who I will be contacting.”

Miss O'Neill

“First class service. I have used Clerksroom Direct for approximately 2 years. I have found them to be at all times responsive, courteous and efficient. I would highly recommend using this facility and services should the need arise.”

Mr D Evans

“I’ve used Clerksroom Direct a number of times and it is by far the best Direct Access Chambers, giving the public access to leading barristers in all fields of litigation. Most recently I used Angus Gloag, who impressed me with his approach and expertise.”

Amar Lodhia

“I had a pleasure to be represented by amazing Sarah Humphreys in my Court hearing. I cannot describe how helpful, professional and compassionate she was. She truly made me feel stronger and helped me to go through it. I would strongly recommend her. The whole experience with Clerksroom Direct was quick, professional and very reliable.”

Anna Bordon

“Clerksroom Direct has been a godsend. I approached them with an employment matter. Rory Nunn was most helpful and efficient in securing the services of Raoul Downey. Raoul Downey provided an excellent service, that both my mum and I are very happy with.”

Chris Hutchinson

“Thank you Sam for your friendly and efficient service in helping me find a barrister at very short notice, Dee Smythe went above and beyond to represent me in court, often working out of hours to complete the work, she was considerate and very understanding, her wealth of knowledge was invaluable towards my case. I would recommend Dee to anyone who needs representation to work with compassion and dedication up to the final hour.”

Direct Access Client

“Immensely grateful to Chris and the team. My first contact with the Clerks’ Room was with Mr Sam Morgan, Senior Barristers Clerk. My difficulty related to a matter being brought before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and this was very stressful. Sam swiftly identified the best possible barrister for my case and this was Mr Chris Pataky. From the outset Chris understood the complexities of my case and answered my questions using language that I found easy to understand. Chris is very professional, and he has a very kind manner which put me at ease. At each stage of the proceedings Chris set out his fees and I could afford these as a Direct Access client. Chris’s advice was invaluable and his skilful representations on my behalf were successful in avoiding a full NMC hearing. Thanks to Chris I can continue without restrictions in my nursing career. I am immensely grateful to Chris and to the Clerks’ Room.”

G. Maguire

“Fast, agile, adaptable. Need Counsel? Rory Rocks! He responds to requests with lightening speed. In no time at all a top-notch barrister is reviewing your papers and counsel is onboarded in record time to assess the merits of your case and help you move forward in the right direction. Agile and adaptable, Rory adjusts to changing circumstances with ease and elegance.”

Janet Watkin

“Stephanie Heijdra was exceptional in handling my case in a extremely short time frame. She came out the courts with amazing results. She was extremely approachable and friendly to talk to, will be requesting her for the future.”

Josh Mingo

“Balahl Khan. I was faced with a Section 8 repossession notice (14-days to vacate the property, if judge accepted order). This lead me to contacting Clerksroom Direct, for assistance with my court hearing. Balahl Khan was highly professional, critical decision-maker and not only that. He managed to get the claim dismissed just with a Skeleton Argument! I was genuinely shocked at how swiftly he got the judge to dismiss the repo claim! Bare in mind this was all done with 6 days notice. These Clerks are not to be messed with! Looking to go use their service again but for intellectual property this time. Thanks Sam, Balahl and the Clerksroom team!”

K.O. (Direct Access Client)

“A trustworthy, dependable and professional approach. We at Lexus Legal & Consultancy Service Ltd. have been availing services from Clerksroom Direct for over a period of almost 10 months now and can gladly say that we are extremely satisfied with their services. Rory Nunn has been very prompt, efficient and professional in his responses. We appreciate the efforts of Stassi Jennings as well. The Barristers that they help connect with are thorough professionals and client friendly. Rory has been instrumental in the business relation development with our firm. We would definitely like to continue business with Clerksroom Direct. We wish them all the very best and look forward to a fruitful relation in the coming years.”

Madhura Shiralkar

“Sarah Humphries was my representative in my final Financial Settlement hearing. I cannot praise Sarah Highly enough. After a long 2 year battle, mostly which was completed by myself as a litigant in person with help from family, I was advised to have a representative with specific experience for financial cases. I cannot express how amazing Sarah was. Before the hearing Sarah clearly advised me about the process of what was going to happen, she was clear during the cross examinations and made me feel at ease during what was a very stressful and anxious time. Thanks to Sarah’s experience and effort into looking through what was an abundance of evidence, she was able to ask the right questions during the hearing and the final outcome, which we received the following day was beyond so much more than anything that I could have expected. It has already and will change my future outcome for me moving forward and starting my new life with my children and I wouldn’t have been able to get that outcome without Sarah’s experience, patience and kindness. It was a privilege being able to work with her and I have no doubt that anyone who gets to have Sarah as their legal representative in the future will receive the same level of service that I received. 100% worth the expense of her to fight my corner and such a relief to finally feel like I was being listened too. Thank you so much for everything Sarah!”

Miss O'Neill

“Sam Morgan & Stephanie Heijdra were fab. I was dealing with a situation that had ended up in court. I found Sam Morgan to be a Fantastic person, he kept in touch with me throughout my experience, he kept me calm and communicated with me and my legal representative Stephanie Heijdra, I found her very easy to talk to, she listened and she acted in my best interests. I felt she was very professional and a great negotiator.”

Nas Khan

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