David Sheldon QC

Year of Call 1998         Year of Silk 2013

"Distils complex facts and law to provide comprehensive analysis and advice." - Legal 500 2016

David has appeared in the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, and all of the main Scottish courts and tribunals including the Commercial Court. His principal areas of practice include land law, planning and environmental law, public and administrative law, personal injury and general reparation (including professional negligence and  property and environmental damage claims), and contract and commercial cases. His practice as a Senior has focussed on high value personal injury and property damage cases, as well as public and environmental law.  He is also now a trained mediator.

He has extensive experience in lengthy planning PLIs such as that in relation to the M74 Extension, and public inquiries such as the Stockline and Penrose inquiries. He has conducted a number of FAIs in areas as diverse as clinical negligence and health and safety in the oil industry.

Before coming to the Bar he was Associate Dean at Edinburgh University Law School, and is the author of a number of legal text books and journal articles. He was a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2002 to 2013 and has provided advice and representation to the Scottish Ministers in a wide range of public and private law matters. He took silk in 2013.

Esso Petroleum Ltd v Scottish Ministers [2016] CSOH 15

Renfrew Golf Club v Motocaddy Ltd [2015] CSOH 173

Strang Steel v Scottish Ministers 2014 G.W.D. 40-729


Sustainable Shetland v Scottish Ministers [2013] CSOH 158, [2014] CSIH 60; [2015] UKSC 4

Miller Homes Ltd v Keeper of the Registers of Scotland 2014 S.L.T. (Lands Tr) 79

Note for Directions in the Liquidation of Scottish Coal Co Ltd [2013] CSOH 124, [2013] CSIH 108

UCB Ltd v Spooner Industries and another [2012] CSOH 111; [2013] CSOH 150








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