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David specialises in all areas of criminal law, both prosecution and defence, with significant experience of Crown Court and appellate advocacy involving serious and complex cases.
David has an approachable manner and is well liked by clients. He takes pride in thorough preparation and is prompt at communicating outcomes and advice.
Before joining 1MCB Chambers in April 2016, David worked for a number of years as an in-house advocate at a busy criminal law firm where he was a criminal litigation supervisor, head of the in-house advocacy department and duty solicitor.
In addition to his general criminal practice, David has a particular interest in fraud, cybercrime, money laundering and confiscation proceedings.
- R v P and others (2019, Inner London Crown Court) – conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail – a multi-handed case involving allegations that the victim had been tortured by having a mixture of boiling water and acid poured over him. David’s client was first on the indictment;
- R v I (2019, Reading Crown Court) – murder – appearing for the defence, David was led by Edward Brown QC (QEB Hollis Whiteman). The case concerned the murder of a midwifery student whose body has never been found. The prosecution case relied heavily upon telephone cell site evidence. The trial lasted 4 weeks;
- R v P and others (2018, Birmingham Crown Court) – conspiracy to traffic persons into/within the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation – David was led by Alex Rose (Garden Court Chambers) in a trial lasting 5 months. The allegations revolved around a Polish gang that had trafficked up to 400 people to the West Midlands forcing them to live in squalid conditions whilst controlling their bank accounts and stealing their wages. The police investigation was the largest investigation into modern slavery offences in Europe to date with over 1 million pages of prosecution evidence served;
- R v B and others (2018, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – burglary – a multi-handed case with four defendants. David appeared for the prosecution. The trial resulted in guilty verdicts;
- R v C (2018, St Albans Crown Court) – ABH – David appeared for the defence at the trial which resulted in an acquittal;
- R v S and others (2018, Maidstone Crown Court) – attempt to cause grievous bodily harm – a multi-handed case with 4 Defendants. David’s client was first on the indictment. The trial lasted 2 weeks and resulted in an acquittal;
- R v P (2018, Maidstone Crown Court) – possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply – David appeared for the prosecution at the trial which resulted in guilty verdicts;
- R v P and others (2018, Reading Crown Court) – conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation – not guilty verdict (whilst other defendants sentenced to 3 and 9 years’ imprisonment). The case concerned conspiracy to crash cars and make false insurance claims;
- R v P (2017, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – indecent exposure – David appeared for the defence. The trial resulted in a hung jury;
- R v K (2017, Blackfriars Crown Court) – indecency with a child and sexual assault – not guilty verdicts in a case prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel. The case involved serious allegations of historic child sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s;
- R v M (2017, Reading Crown Court) – false imprisonment – not guilty verdict. The complainant alleged that she had been driven off in a taxi against her will. The defence was that the defendant had driven off because the complainant’s boyfriend had threatened him. Furthermore, the complainant was not in the taxi. David successfully applied to admit the boyfriend’s previous convictions for assault and was able to highlight inconsistencies in the evidence of the prosecution witnesses;
- R v A (2016, Wood Green Crown Court) – possession of criminal property – not guilty verdict. David advised on the need for a bank card expert who helped the defence establish that the defendant had been the victim of an account takeover fraud;
- R v P (2016, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – sexual assault – the prosecution decided to offer no evidence after the trial resulted in a hung jury;
- R v H (2015, Isleworth Crown Court) – assault occasioning actual bodily harm – not guilty by reason of insanity;
- S, R (on the application of) v Central Criminal Court (2013, Divisional Court) – assault a police constable in the execution of his duty – successful appeal against conviction;
- R v O (2013, Court of Appeal) – successful appeal against confiscation order – recoverable amount reduced from £750,000 to £87,000;
- R v M (2015, Court of Appeal) – section 18 GBH successful appeal against sentence – 6 years’ detention reduced to 4 years;
- R v S (2015, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – artifice burglary – successful submission of no case to answer;
- R v L (2014, Harrow Crown Court) – robbery – not guilty verdict;
- R v A (2014, Isleworth Crown Court) – theft by employee – not guilty verdict;
- R v B (2013, Inner London Crown Court) – possession of a class A drug with intent to supply – successful submission of no case to answer;
- R v F (2013, Harrow Crown Court) – witness intimidation – not guilty verdict.
David has experience presenting cases involving regulatory law and often presents cases on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Accredited as a police station representative.
- English and European Law LLB (Hons) – Queen Mary University of London
- Corporate and Commercial Law LLM – University College London
- Bar Vocational Course – BPP Law School, London
- Hardwicke Scholarship 2008
- Sir Thomas Moore Bursary Award 2008
- CPS advocates panel
- Nursing and Midwifery Council external advocates panel