David Welsh 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

In addition to being a barrister at the Bar of England & Wales, David is a member of the Scottish Bar, having been called as the Lord Reid Scholar 2016/17.

Prior to calling to the bar, David worked as a solicitor at a large national firm whose focus was the provision of advice to high-net-worth individuals and family businesses. His principal areas of practice are taxation, chancery and public law. He also has significant experience in corporate and commercial disputes, including disputes related to insolvency. His experience spans both contentious as well as non-contentious matters.

As well as advisory work, David is a commercially-minded litigator, regularly appearing at all levels of the courts and tribunals system. He is particularly well-placed to provide assistance where these matters require consideration of Scots law as well as the laws of England and Wales.

Areas of law



Public Law

David is a capable and well-instructed public law litigator. He has appeared in a number of high-profile public law cases. 

Personal Interests

David sits on the board of trustees for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and is the owner of a lively westie.


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David has appeared as junior counsel before a full bench of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union ([2019] Q.B. 199) and as junior counsel before a full bench of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Cherry v Advocate General for Scotland [2019] UKSC 41 (aka Miller II). He acted as junior counsel at all stages of both Wightman and Cherry.

An updated selection of David's cases and publications can be found here: https://axiomadvocates.com/advocates/profile/david-welsh https://www.exchequerchambers.com/

David Welsh

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Qualified in 2019