David Balcombe combines clinical and professional negligence and professional discipline work with specialist matrimonial finance work (including pre-nuptial agreements). His practice might be regarded as a curious mix. Regular appearances in the Queen’s Bench and Family Divisions, as well as at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service 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.


Matrimonial Finance

Recommended for pre-nuptial agreements.” (Legal 500 2018)

 “He never loses sight of what someone actually needs from a case and gives really good advice early on. He’s the person you go to if you want sane, objective judgement.” (Chambers UK Bar 2017)

“A matrimonial finance expert.” (Legal 500 2017)

Significant Cases:

Recent Talks

How Can You Free Your Client From A Pre-Nup – A Renegers’ Charter” , lecture 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” lecture 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” lecture at a joint FLBA and Chancery Bar Association Seminar on 20th June 2012

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

“Some Questions post Radmacher” lecture at the Family Law 2012 Conference on 26th January 2012


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)

Significant cases:

  • 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]
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