David Mendes da Costa has practiced as a family lawyer and civil barrister since 1980. He has extensive experience at all levels of the family court system, whether initial hearing, trials or appeals. His practice has ranged from financial remedy issues, Inheritance and Family Provision trials to Residence and Contact cases. His area of particular interest is jointly owned property where the shares are in dispute
He now specializes in work as a direct access barrister and as an accredited litigator. David can take your case and go on the record in the same way as a solicitor. Where possible David likes to offer package deals for litigation. This means quoting a price to act for you throughout your case to its conclusion. If a deal is agreed it can help make sure that you will be able to finish your case. David has found that on occasions in family remedy cases, the costs have been such that clients have been unable to continue with the solicitors that they originally instructed.
Though he prefers to steer a reasonable and non-contentious course if it is in his client’s interest, David is a fierce fighter when required.
Being accredited both as a family and commercial mediator and having considerable experience in civil and commercial work too; David is able bring a wealth of experience and expertise when acting as an advocate and negotiator in civil and commercial mediation.
* Re S  1 FCR 577 (CA)
* Khan v. Khan  3 FCR 569 (CA)
* Abdullah v City of Westminster  EWCA Civ 1566 (CA) (Housing Act Appeal)
* GMAC v Khan and Butt (13 October 2009) Central London County Court (Chancery) HHJ Marshall QC. Dealing with issues of rectification, indemnity and blameless mortgagees under the Land Registration Act 2002 where an innocent house owner was a victim of fraudulent land registration.
* Family Law Bar Association * Family Mediators Association