• July 2018–Present CEO, Essex Court Chambers Duxton
  • 1980–June 2018 Senior Clerk & Head of Administration, Essex Court Chambers
  • 1977–1980 Senior Clerk, 17 Old Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 1976 Qualified as a member of The Institute of Barristers’ Clerks
  • 1971–1977 Junior Clerk, Gray’s Inn Chambers (Now 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square)

With a career in managing barristers’ chambers spanning over 48 years, David Grief was one of the first generation of the modern Clerk and is now one of the most experienced in his field.Since July 2018 David has been Chief Executive of Essex Court Chambers Duxton, Singapore, the primary focus of David’s role is managing the practices and business development of members of the group practice.David frequently travels for business, visiting jurisdictions of importance to the group practice and its clients. In the last two years he has made business trips to Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Fiji, New York and Washington.

David frequently travels, visiting jurisdictions of importance to Chambers and its clients. In the last two years he has organised business trips with members and sometimes clients to Australia, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New York, India, Singapore, South Korea, Uganda and Zurich. He was a  keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the New South Wales Barristers Clerks Association on international practice (2011).

He has held a private pilot’s license for almost 50 years


  • The Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society
  • The American Society of International Law
  • The Asian International Law Society
  • ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)
  • The International Bar Association
  • The London Court of International Arbitration
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (Supporting Member)
  • British Nigeria Law Forum
  • Freeman of the City of London from 1997
  • Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots
  • Director of IDRC (International Dispute Resolution Centre) London


  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Chambers Bar Awards 2015