David is one of Scotland's most respected employment lawyers and works as a consultant with Aberdein Considine's Employment Law team.
Mr Burnside rose to national prominence in the aftermath of the Piper Alpha platform explosion in 1988, which resulted in the deaths of 167 people. He acted as the spokesman for the legal group fighting for compensation for the bereaved families.
Previously, he served his legal apprenticeship with an Edinburgh firm before a spell working for the National Coal Board. After moving to Aberdeen, he joined Clark & Wallace in 1970. He remained there until 1989, before leaving to set- up Burnside Kemp Fraser, which specialised in litigation and employment law.
It merged with Simpson and Marwick on 2004 and Mr Burnside left five years later to join Aberdeen-based Paull & Williamsons, which merged with Burness in 2012.
He was first accredited as a specialist in employment Law in 1990 and sat on the Accreditation Panel of the Law Society of Scotland for both employment and discrimination specialisms.
He has appeared at employment tribunals throughout Scotland, England and Wales and advised employers and employees across all sectors on every aspect of employment law from formation of contracts to complex sex discrimination cases.
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