David Maddison

Year of Call:
1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Family
    • Profile

      David Maddison graduated from Birmingham University in 1993, and went on to study the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.

      After working in Manchester solicitors’ firms for 14 months, he commenced pupillage in London. Initially this was in chancery law, however he soon became focused on family law. His practice in London was almost exclusively acting for Local Authorities in care work. He has represented most London boroughs.

      He moved to Cobden House in 1999, and since then has practiced in all areas of family law. Within care proceedings he mainly represents parents, including those accused of the most serious acts of abuse and neglect. He has also acted for local authorities and guardians.

      He also maintains a significant practice in private child law matters, including cases involving international elements and those with a significant risk of abduction.

      David also regularly deals with ancillary relief cases and has a growing expertise in TOLATA applications.


      In addition to his busy family practice, David also deals with all aspects of Person Injury Law.

      David also acts for Police Forces when they become involved in family cases.  He has acted for the police in relation to PII applications, disclosure of evidence in family courts, Forced Marriage Protection Orders, and Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders.

      David is a mediator accredited with the Civil Mediation Council.

      In 2015 David was appointed as a Deputy District Judge.

    • Notable Cases

      Transfer of Residence
      Re J [2016] EWHC 2430 Fam
      This case made national headlines in most newspapers as the mother was raising the boy as a girl.  David successfully argued that the Court should change residence of the child to the father as he offered the best opportunity for the child to develop his own identity.  
      The case involved the input of three guardians, two social workers, an adult psychologist and a child psychologist.

      Conditional Transfer of Residence
      Re M [2012] EWHC 1948 Fam
      A hearing before Mr Justice Peter Jackson in which David sought to enforce a contact order on behalf of the father.  The mother had taken the children absconded with the children and the proceedings started as wardship to trace them.
      David successfully argued that the Court should make a conditional transfer of residence, so that if the mother failed to co-operate with the contact arrangements, residence would automatically transfer to the father.

      Reporting Restrictions Orders
      Re J (Reporting Restrictions) [2016] EWHC 2595
      Because of the press interest in the above case of re J, the Mail on Sunday brought an application to report the details of the case.
      David was engaged in two days of arguments over the terms of a Reporting Restrictions Order.  This involved complex submissions regarding the competing European Convention rights of the parents and child for privacy, and the newspaper’s right to freedom of expression.
      As a consequence David successfully argued that the mother should not be permitted to speak to the press regarding the details of the case as this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

      Other cases of note: Radicalisation/extremism
      Successfully represented a mother who sought discharge of a care order when her child had been removed in to care following intelligence given by the Police to the local authority.  The mother had a conviction under the Terrorism Act, but was able to demonstrate her ability to care for the child.
      The case involved significant analysis of information from the Police and their counter-terrorism network CHANNEL.
    • Membership

      He is a member of the FLBA, and has taught advocacy on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University for the last 6 years.