David Sharp

Specialist in:

David also acts in private cases including child arrangements, changes of name and other specific issues and prohibited steps orders. He specialises in leave to remove from the jurisdiction. He has, amongst others, dealt with relocation to France, Spain, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Canada, Tanzania, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Israel. Instability in the country concerned did not prevent David securing leave (examples include the last 3 countries mentioned).

David has acted for many years for local authorities, parents and guardians in public law proceedings, being involved in a number of important guideline cases and dealing with serious and complex sexual and physical abuse allegations.  He appeared in Re K & H [2006] EWCA Civ 1898, the guideline case on interim care orders.

Reported cases
20th December 2006

In the Matter of K & H (Children) [2006] EWCA Civ 1898

Children are not to be removed from parents under an interim care order unless it was in the interests of their safety and a high standard had to be met and applied
30th July 1992

W v Hertfordshire County Council [1993] 1 FLR 118

Care — Care proceedings — Children Act 1989 — Local authority applying for interim care orders for three children — Justices declining to make orders in respect of two children — Justices announcing decision without stating findings of fact or reasons — Whether decision vitiated — Whether matter should be remitted for rehearing — Family Proceedings Courts (Children Act 1989) rules 1991, r 21(5),(6)

David has conducted a large number of multi-million pound cases; assets include complicated offshore and discretionary trust arrangements, share option schemes, large scale property portfolios, farms and even a medieval priory.  David handled the Mareva proceedings in the case of Clark v Clark, which became front page news in the national press, and represented the estate of Chigusa Maeda Turner, whose murder by her husband, in Venezuela, also made national news.

David also deals in Inheritance Act cases and cases under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

David has advised and/or represented clients in well over 80 cohabitation cases concerning the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, a significant number also involving proceedings under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He has had only two adverse results in all this time, which he hopes one day to get over!

David advises and represents clients in cases involving the inherent jurisdiction, child abduction, international adoptions and in various kinds of case with an international element.

Professional Qualifications


Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
New South Wales Bar