David is a conscientious and dedicated advocate who has developed a strong reputation for his accessibility and his ability to relate to his clients (professional and lay clients alike) without compromising his professionalism. He is often praised for his skilful handling of witnesses and his capacity to adjust his approach to questioning with the degree of sensitivity or tenacity as the case demands.
He has considerable technical, procedural and academic knowledge of all aspects of criminal law, both domestic and international, and is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University conducting research on International Humanitarian, Criminal and Human Rights Law
David is a specialist criminal practitioner who regularly advises and appears for clients in the Crown Court, the Magistrates Courts and the Youth Courts.
He has considerable experience in defending a wide range of offences; spanning from simple thefts to robbery, affray to GBH, road traffic offences, social security fraud, sexual offences, offensive weapons and serious drugs offences.
In addition to a well established defence practice, he is regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Work and Pensions, Revenue and Customs, the Child Support Agency, District Councils, Local Authorities and the RSPCA to undertake a range of prosecutions across the south-east of England.
David has a wealth of experience dealing with the law relating to Domestic Violence and has successfully undertaken many applications in this area.
David also accepts instructions for a range of civil hearings including, Possession Hearings, Charging Orders, Small Claims Hearings and RTA’s.
Diplock Scholar, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, April 2005
Judge’s Prize, University of Hertfordshire, November 2005
LLM in Criminal Litigation (Merit, with Honours), Inns of Court School of Law (City University, London) May 2007
Bar Vocational Course (with Outstanding performance in Criminal Litigation, Sentencing and Evidence and Advanced Criminal Ligation), May 2006
Criminal Bar Association
Durham Law School
Recent cases of interest:
R v B.C. (St Albans Crown Court, October 2011) – client acquitted following a successful application to exclude prosecution identification evidence which involved the alleged victim searching a social networking website for the defendant. The only existing precedent was against the client but was successfully distinguished. The subsequent official VIPER identification parade was also excluded.
R v V.B. (Watford Magistrates Court, June 2011) – Successful recovery of defence costs – order made against the Constabulary, as per the precise amount claimed in the schedule of costs, for costs incurred as a result of an unnecessary or improper act or omission.