David Maddison graduated from Birmingham University in 1993 and was called to the Bar in 1995. He was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2015.
He moved to Cobden House in 1999, and since then has practised 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 also acts for local authorities and guardians.
David is known for his work in Forced Marriage Protection Orders and particularly in Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders where, in 2019, he pioneered a change in the law by getting the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 through Parliament.
He also maintains a significant practice in private child law matters, including cases involving international elements and those with a significant risk of abduction. He has been involved with both public and private law cases involving radicalization risks.
David also regularly deals with ancillary relief cases and has a growing expertise in TOLATA applications.
He is a member of the FLBA, and taught advocacy on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University for 6 years.
Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019
David identified a gap in the protection offered by the Children Act 1989 to girls at risk of FGM, so successfully pioneered, devised and lobbied Parliament to change the law. Working with Lord Berkeley of Knighton, the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 became law in March 2019.
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.