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David Balcombe QC

Call:  1980 
QC: 2002


David Balcombe combines specialist matrimonial finance work (including pre-nuptial agreements) with Chambers' mainstream clinical negligence and professional discipline work.  His practice might be regarded as a curious mix. Regular appearances in the Family and Queen's Bench Divisions, as well as at the General Medical Council and General Dental Council enable him to bring a breadth of vision and experience not always available to the one topic specialist.

Aside from his advisory and advocacy work, David undertakes what might loosely be described as ‘a variety of judicial or quasi judicial tasks’. He is an accredited arbitrator on the panel administered by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (“IFLA”) and conducts arbitrations of family financial disputes. To provide “early neutral evaluation” in such disputes he also conducts private Financial Dispute Resolution hearings. He has been sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court since 2000.

David’s Terms of Engagement as an Arbitrator can be provided upon request.


Consistently listed in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading silk in the field of matrimonial finance:

 “Absolutely blows clients away with his encyclopaedic knowledge, sheer intellect and quick insight” (Legal 500 2015)

"Impresses with his integrity and sensible approach."  (Chambers and Partners 2014)

“…a fine reputation in matrimonial finance and prenuptial agreement work, which he combines with a broader clinical negligence and professional discipline practice. (Chambers and Partners 2013)

“…very good with pre/post/mid nuptial agreements’, is ‘strong on detail’, and has a ‘good bedside manner’. (Legal 500 2010)

" …is a favourite with some of London's leading solicitors. According to sources "he is a gifted advocate who has always been admired for his intellect and good judgement."
(Chambers and Partners 2010)

"… 'extremely able' and 'doesn't play around' … sources consider him to be a 'measured hand' whose 'judgment is always spot-on'… " (Chambers and Partners 2007)

" … enjoys the confidence of some of the city's leading solicitors. They value his 'diligence and thoroughness' choosing to use him particularly on the more convoluted cases. 'Not a flashy advocate, he is more of a great thinker' and has the inestimable advantage of being 'someone the judges really warm to' …"(Chambers and Partners 2006)

Also listed as a leading silk in the field of Clinical Negligence:

“He has superb attention to detail and is able to command the confidence of clients in difficult cases.” “He is extremely thorough on quantum. His negotiating skills greatly added value.”  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"Clients love him. He also has a consummate understanding of numbers in cases and produces spreadsheets that you wouldn't believe." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

The "innovative and thorough" David Balcombe QC is considered "a barrister of choice" for many clinical negligence matters (Chambers and Partners 2013)

"is particularly good on detailed technical claims and clients always have "total confidence he is right."" (Chambers and Partners 2012)
 "He's great when it comes to dealing with the detail of a case and very, very good with clients. Equally good on paper and at trial, he is excellent at burrowing into the detail." (Chambers and Partners 2010).

Recent talks

How Can You Free Your Client From A Pre-Nup – A Renegers’ Charter” , delivered at the White Paper Conference “Family Law: Shaping New Cases into Highly Persuasive Advice for Clients” on 26 February 2014

The Prospects of Claims by Non-Inheriting Parties” delivered at the White Paper Conference “Family Law: Shaping New Cases into Highly Persuasive Advice for Clients” on 7th February 2013

"Prenups and the Inheritance Act" delivered at a joint FLBA and Chancery Bar Association Seminar on 20th June 2012

"Inherited and Pre Acquired Wealth" delivered at the Family Law Conference: Shaping New Case-Law into Highly Developed Advice for Clients on 1st February 2012

"Some Questions post Radmacher" delivered at the Family Law 2012 Conference on 26th January 2012



BA Law, University of Kent at Canterbury


Recorder of the Crown Court

Significant cases include the following

Family Law

AH v PH [2013] EWHC 3873 (Fam) (12 June 2013)

Robson v Robson [2010] EWCA Civ 1171

Re M (Freezing Injunction) [2006] 1 FLR 1031

P v G, P and P (Family Provision: Relevance Of Divorce Provision) [2006] 1 FLR 431

A-M v A-M (Divorce: Jurisdiction: Validity Of Marriage) [2001] 2 FLR 6

S v S (Divorce: Staying Proceedings) [1997] 2 FLR 100

Clinical Negligence

Coakley v Rosie [2014] EWHC 1790 (QB) (04 June 2014)

Mealing v Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust [2007] EWHC 3254 (QB)

Massey v. Tameside & Glossop NHS [2007] EWHC 317 (QB)

Mian v King's College Hospital NHS Trust QBD [2006]

Professional Negligence

Hall (Arthur J S & Co) v Simons (a firm) [2000] 3 WLR 543 (House of Lords)

Green v Collyer-Bristow and Pointer QBD [1999]

Professional Discipline

Gwynn, R (on the application of) v The General Medical Council [2007] EWHC 3145 (Admin)

Other information

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David Balcombe QC successfully defends cosmetic surgeon before Medical Practitioners Tribunal
London and Brighton Members and clerks take part in the London to Brighton Bike ride.
1COR team in the London Bikeathon supporting Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
David Balcombe QC and Sarah Lambert in High Court clinical negligence claim for a breast cancer sufferer.