David is Head of Chambers. He has represented clients in all areas of criminal law for over 30 years, both defending and prosecuting. He has been noted in Chambers & Partners Directory “for his eye for detail and lightning fast analysis.”
]He is a true ‘all rounder’ in serious crime, with a practice ranging from murder to complex fraud, drugs offences, serious sex offences and money laundering. He is one of a limited number of Silks approved to prosecute on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office.
He complements his criminal practice with regulatory work, including Health and Safety work, and is especially known for his work defending in proceedings before the General Pharmaceutical Council Disciplinary Committee.
Examples of David’s work, since he became a QC in 2010, include:
R v M – involving a highly unusual ‘causation’ issue, necessitating complicated cross-examination of medical experts
R v B – representing a 15 year old exonerated of a ‘joint enterprise’ killing
R v A – defending a 64 year old husband charged with arranging the contract killing of his 42 year old wife
R v D – a ‘diminished responsibility’ defence to a spousal stabbing.
R v Giovanni di Stefano – leading in the prosecution of ‘the Devil’s Advocate’ – prosecuting 25 counts relating to numerous frauds committed by a bogus lawyer: ‘Read here’
R v H – defending a chartered accountant on a £98m ‘film scheme’ Revenue fraud – a nine month trial
R v Steele and Others – leading for the SFO in the prosecution of a former partner at Mishcon de Reya concerned in a €20m fraud on a European bank: ‘Read here’
Defending Basdeo Panday, the former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, on corruption charges: ‘Read here’
R v Pruthi – believed to be the largest ‘Ponzi’ scheme prosecuted in the UK: ‘Read here’
Operation Aguilar – prosecuting a conspiracy entered into by deaf defendants to defraud the DWP’s ‘Access to Work’ scheme: ‘Read here’
Operation Bench – leading two juniors prosecuting a SFO trial in which six defendants were charged with obtaining almost £160m from two banks: ‘Read here’
BA (Hons.) Law
Direct access qualified
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Recorder of the Crown Court (2007)
Queen’s Counsel (2010)
SFO QC panel 2017-21.
The Bribery Act 2010: All Bark and No Bite….?” – Archbold Review Issue 5 June 7 2010
All hail the Bribery Act – the toothless wonder! Archbold Review Issue 6 July 6 2011
Other Serious Crime
R v H and S – Conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, possessing firearms with intent to endanger life
R v W – Leading Patrick Maggs in a case involving a bus driver who was charged with raping school children
Acting for General Motors UK (Vauxhall) in relation to various Health & Safety issues, e.g. sending dangerous goods by air, issues concerning operators’ licences for HGVs, duties under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.
Advising the Superintendent Pharmacist of Boots the Chemists in relation to allegations of inappropriate dispensing procedures
Advising a pharmacist in connection with a potential manslaughter prosecution, death allegedly resulting from faulty dispensing.
David has more than 20 years’ experience of acting for pharmacists in both criminal and disciplinary proceedings. Most notably, he secured the acquittal of GB, a pharmacist who supplied the infamous Dr Harold Shipman with the bulk of the morphine he used in murdering patients.
David prides himself on being up to date with developments in the law and has recently lectured on the changing approach of the courts to applications in respect of hearsay and bad character and also, in 2015, on new legislation creating the offence of ‘forced marriage’.
In 2006-7, he was instructed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as Independent Counsel to conduct a review of police conduct following the collapse of the “Prudential Pensions” case in 2005.
Recorder; Advocacy Instructor for Inner Temple.
Fluent French speaker.