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David Barnes

Consultant Director

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

David is based in Lancaster and has over 23 years’ experience specialising in Land, Estates & Property / Agriculture Litigation, Commercial contract Litigation / Professional Negligence and Wills & Estates disputes.

David’s  expertise in Land, Estates and Agriculture includes Farming Partnership disputes, Possession and disputes arising out of Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 / Farm Business Tenancies, Boundaries, Succession, Horticulture claims / Crop damage, Livestock claims, Nuisance / flooding  and claims in negligence / breach of contract arising out of defective automated milk / livestock machinery installations. His expertise in Landlord & Tenant  disputes includes  Licences / Lease Agreements, Business Tenancies, rights of way and all aspects of Tenant Default, Possession, Forfeiture, Rent arrears and Dilapidations. He also has particular experience acting for Park Owners and also Park Lodge Owners in disputes, rights and obligations arising out of Park Licence Agreements and Park Rules.

He also has expertise in Commercial / contract disputes including disputes arising out of Partnership, Building  disputes and claims arising out of Sale and Supply contracts, defective machinery  and  vehicles / vessels.

He also has significant experience in relation Will disputes [ lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, fraud & undue influence and lack of formalities],  Inheritance claims, removal of Executors and Trustees,  and disputes concerning the administration of Estates [including disclosure]  He  is recognised as a specialist in disputes arising out of Wills & Estates by the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

David is also accredited as a Commercial Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR Solve). He has conducted Mediations between £100,000 and £7.5 million [in value] and he also has the benefit of Multi Party mediations.

Personal Interests:

David was educated at Kirkham Grammar School where he was awarded Honours. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993, having qualified at Chester College of Law and joined Harrison Drury & Co solicitors in 2016.

His outside interests include British Triathlon and open water swimming. He is a Level 2 coach with Triathlon England, an ASA [Advanced] swimming instructor and a British Cycling Coach. He manages and coaches the Blackpool Aquatics Triathlon Squad (BATS) and is an event organiser with British Triathlon.


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