David Wolfe QC

Barrister since 1992
David Wolfe

David Wolfe works as a public lawyer (QC) at Matrix. Until April 2013, he was also a Commissioner (non-executive director) at the Legal Services Commission and a Board Member of the Legal Services Board. Until July 2008, he was a part-time Chair of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.


David also trains lawyers and others, particularly in education and public law. He contributes regularly to general and specialist publications and radio broadcasts on legal issues.


David believes passionately that public bodies should act in a fair and open way, and that the law and lawyers have a key role in ensuring that happens. David’s blog www.acanofworms.org.uk is for people concerned about academies/free schools and the law.


As a public lawyer, David specialises in "judicial review" challenges to the decisions of, among others, government, regulators (including environmental and professional regulators), local authorities, schools and health bodies. David has particular expertise in:


environmental law,

education law,

community care law,

health and disability law, and

local government law.


David's clients include:


• individuals (typically people seeking their legal entitlement to public services and to lawful decisions),

• Non-Governmental Organisations, such as Friends of the Earth, WWF, the Woodland Trust, Badger Trust, Fish Legal, the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society, the Cyclists' Defence Fund, RSPCA, Guide Dogs, IPSEA (the Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice), Guide Dogs and the Campaign for National Parks, and

• bodies such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


David is regularly identified by the legal directories as a "leading" barrister in the areas in which he practices. He enjoys working as part of a close and relatively informal team with clients and those instructing him. He is flexible in how he applies his skill and experience, including as a lawyer, to meet his clients' needs and will make sure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ are made as needed.

David accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.