David Boardman Southern QC

Chambers: Temple Tax Chambers

Areas of Practice: Tax

Year of Call: 1982

Year of Silk: 2014

David Boardman Southern QC worked as an employed lawyer before starting in independent practice at the Bar.  David worked first for the (then) Commissioners of Inland Revenue, which he found to be an enormously rewarding and enjoyable experience.  After that, he worked in the Tax Department of a bank, which was remote from legal practice. 

David moved to the Bar, joining a tax chambers in 1997. At the Bar, he tried to concentrate on and greatly enjoy litigation, after all, he came to the Bar to be an advocate not a tax adviser. 

While there have been setbacks, David has had three enormous strokes of good fortune at the Bar.  The first of which began as a minor case but became a monumental cause célèbre to the House of Lords. The second was becoming Treasurer of the Bar Council, which opened up whole new vistas. The third was being appointed a QC. This would not have been possible without the earlier breakthroughs, and the enormous help and support which people give you at the Bar.

David has identified the following as individuals whom he might be able to assist:

  • Individuals who have followed a non-standard course to the Bar;
  • Individuals who have have had alternative careers;
  • Individuals who are in specialist areas with less focus on litigation;
  • Individuals who need help in selecting  and approaching referees;
  • Individuals who are uncertain about how to satisfy the wider competences for a silk selection;
  • Individuals who are unsure because they realise their shortcomings.