David Wolfe works as a public lawyer (QC) at Matrix. He has also been appointed to be the Chair of the Recognition Panel established by the Royal Charter in the light of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.
Until April 2013, alongside his work as a barrister David 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 is an A-Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel.
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, RSPCA, Guide Dogs, IPSEA (the Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice), Guide Dogs and the Campaign for National Parks, An Taisce (the Irish National Trust) and HS2AA (HS2 Action Alliance) and
• bodies such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
David’s recent and current cases include:
• Acting for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the recent Court of Appeal case which established that doctors are obliged to consult patients before imposing DNACPR Notices.
• Acting for Badger Trust challenging the legality of the Government’s decision to allow badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire without it being subject to independent oversight and evaluation.
• Acting for the Irish National Trust challenging the legality of the Government’s decision to grant planning permission for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station without consulting people in Ireland on its potential impact (from nuclear accidents) in Ireland.
• Acting for severely disabled people challenging the legality of the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund (which allows some 18,000 disabled people to live independently including living in the community, attending education and working).
• Acting for the campaign group on behalf of some 172,000 people living along the route of HS2 challenging the legality of the Government’s compensation proposals.
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.