Books & Publications
Part 7 of the Building Law Reports covers the following key judgments: Perform Content Services Ltd v Ness Global Services Ltd  […]
15th Sep 2021
David practises in the fields of domestic and international construction, engineering, energy, and information technology. David has been involved in numerous transport and infrastructure disputes, including several UK and international railway and urban railway projects. He is also acting as sole counsel in multiple disputes in relation to the capital expenditure (CAPEX) expansion programme at an international airport. In addition to these specialist areas he also advises and appears in respect of a range of other general commercial matters, both domestically and overseas, principally in the Far East and the Middle East.
He is instructed either as junior counsel or as sole acting counsel. David has also worked on-site with clients around the world where extensive on-the-ground support has been required. David has recently spent time working with a law firm in Singapore and has acted in disputes in the Philippines, Taiwan and Korea.
David is experienced in dealing with all major standard form building contracts (JCT, FIDIC, NEC3, ICE) and has appeared in numerous interim and final hearings, as well as project phase advisory and pre-action work. David has recently appeared successfully as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and is currently acting as sole counsel in multiple international arbitration proceedings in the Middle East. David is also an accredited adjudicator.
David has experience of a number of cases involving issues of private international law.
Recent examples include:
In addition to all major standard contract forms, David has experience of numerous bespoke contracts in the construction, shipping and energy industries.
Bennett (Construction) Ltd v. CIMC MBS Ltd (formerly Verbus Systems Ltd)  EWCA Civ 1515
Clancy Docwra Ltd v. E.ON Energy Solutions Ltd  EWHC 3509 (TCC)
Portsmouth City Council v. Ensign Highways Ltd  EWHC 1969 (TCC)
Vivergo Fuels Ltd v. Redhall Engineering Solutions Ltd  EHWC 4030 (TCC)
Walter Lilly & Company Ltd v. (1) Giles Mackay & (2) DMW Developments Ltd  EWHC 1773 (TCC)
Contributing editor to ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, 14th Edition (2020)
“Contractual Interpretation After Arnold v. Britton: What Does It All Mean?” ADR Digest, Issue 21, Autumn 2016
“Looking in the Right Direction? The Philosophy of NEC3” ADR Digest, Issue 19, Winter 2016
Contributing editor to ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, 13th Edition (2015)
“Security of Payment and Adjudication in Hong Kong” ADR Digest, Issue 18, Spring 2015
“Defective Premises Law: Time for Remedial Works?” published by the Society of Construction Law, June 2011; (2012) 2 Construction Law Journal 131
David edits a regular column in Building magazine with Sir Robert Akenhead, former Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court.
2015 TECBAR accredited adjudicator
2011 Hudson Prize, Society of Construction Law, Joint Prize-Winner
2010 Called to the Bar of England and Wales
2009 – 2010 BVC, City Law School London – Outstanding
Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple
2005 – 2009 Bachelor of Civil Law, St Peter’s College, Oxford University
2005 – 2008 BA (Jurisprudence), Mansfield College, Oxford University
BCL – Distinction
Finals – 1st Class
Law Moderations – Distinction
College Scholarship (Mansfield College)
David is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the Society of Construction Law. He was a member of the TECBAR Committee for a number of years.
David gives talks and seminars at solicitors’ firms and to lay clients. He has recently given talks in Madrid, Seoul, Singapore and Dubai on subjects of contractual interpretation, concurrent delay, remoteness, liquidated damages, global claims and arbitration procedure. He has also given talks on topics including contractual and common law termination, adjudication enforcement, costs budgeting, design liability in construction contracts, and legal professional privilege.
“He is an exceptional barrister – hard-working with exceptional advocacy skills.” “He is able to get up to speed quickly when dumped with documents; he is clearly a silk in the making.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“He is tenacious, highly intelligent, and drafts with fine style. He is culturally adept, grasps concepts quickly, gets across vast swathes of material with skill, speed, and stamina.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“Shows strong knowledge and great attention to detail when handling complex construction disputes.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“He is able to identify the legal issues and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems in the case. He is not afraid to take on difficult points.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“Super pragmatic, very knowledgeable and approachable. He gets things done quickly and is years ahead of his call.” “Very helpful, proactive and keen to help out. I was always impressed by how thorough he was in a short period of time.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2018
“He is a pleasure to work with and his drafting is always impressive.” “He is proactive, practical and gets to grips with the details of complex matters extremely quickly.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2017
David Johnson is one of the standout construction juniors at the set under 10 years of call. Peers describe him as “an excellent junior, tenacious, charming and thoughtful with strong advocacy skills for his young call”.
Who’s Who Legal 2017