After 42 years at the Bar (21 years as a silk), David Balcombe KC ceased full-time practice on 31st March 2023. Until his retirement, David combined clinical and professional negligence and professional discipline work with matrimonial finance work (with a particular speciality in prenuptial agreements for very high-net-worth individuals).  Whilst the mix of his practice was an unusual one, the range of his work and his transferable skills enabled him to bring a breadth of vision and experience to his cases that was rarely available to the one topic specialist.

Aside from his advisory and advocacy work David undertook a variety of judicial and quasi judicial roles. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2000, and he continues to sit in that capacity. He obtained accreditation as an arbitrator and until retirement was a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as being on the panel administered by the Institute of Family Arbitrators. In addition to conducting arbitrations of family financial disputes he conducted private Financial Dispute Resolution appointments where his role was to provide an early neutral evaluation of the likely outcome and to facilitate settlement.

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