"He's outstanding … He delivers very detailed, accurate advice which is understandable to clients"
"The magnificent David Rees has forgotten more than most will ever know … He is able to look at matters from every conceivable angle and give holistic and pragmatic advice on problems put before him."
Chambers UK 2017 : Court of Protection
"He's outstanding … He delivers very detailed, accurate advice which is understandable to clients."
Chambers UK 2017 : Chancery Traditional
"He is a technical king. When you have something really complicated he knows the Court of Protection back to front. He is meticulous and extremely good at presenting his case."
Chambers UK 2016 : Court of Protection
"He is highly knowledgeable, extremely well prepared, robust in the courtroom and someone who gives clear advice. He is personable and very quick to grasp complex legal and evidential issues."
Chambers UK 2016 : Chancery Traditional
"Extremely clever and very technically able"…"My first port of call for contentious probate work."
Chambers High Net Worth 2016
David was appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2017. He has a traditional Chancery background specialising in the following areas:
David's practice encompasses all aspects of wills, estates and trusts. On the contentious side he regularly appears before judges of the Chancery Division and is experienced in contentious probate claims, applications for financial provision and applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958. In one long-running case he is acting for a judicial trustee in relation to the administration of a substantial estate with a number of cross-jurisdictional issues. David is also experienced in "undue influence" cases, an area of law which he has argued before the Court of Appeal. His non-contentious practice includes the provision of advice of capital taxation and the drafting of settlements and their ancillary documents.
David has a particular interest in issues surrounding elderly clients and incapacity. He has established a reputation as a leading practitioner in Court of Protection work, and is regularly instructed by leading firms of private client solicitors and the Official Solicitor. His practice extends to both property and affairs and welfare cases and he has been instructed in many of the leading cases exploring the international and cross-border elements of the Court of Protection's jurisdiction.
David is a member of the Court of Protection Users Group, and the Court of Protection Rules Committee. He is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice and regularly lectures to audiences around the country on Court of Protection issues.
David was appointed as a Recorder in July 2012 and sits in civil and criminal cases on the South-Eastern circuit. He also is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Leicester.
David is recommended as a Star Individual in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017 for Court of Protection (Property and Affairs) and in Band 1 for Traditional Chancery (Chambers Bar Guide 2017 and Chambers High Net Worth 2016). He is also recommended in the Legal 500 for Private Client: Trusts and Probate.
David's notable cases include:
David is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), the Ecclesiastical Law Society and the Chancery Bar Association. He is also an Honorary Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
David is the General Editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice. He regularly writes for various professional journals.
David frequently lectures on issues relating to the Court of Protection and other maters connected to his practice.