Education: MA (Cantab) – Law
Special Studentship, Harvard University
Area of Practice:Criminal Law Barrister
A crime specialist. Experienced in all manner of criminal cases, including sexual offences, drugs and violence including murder. Experienced in specialist areas, such as local authority work, fisheries, health and safety and food standards.
David was called to the Bar in 1996 and joined Walnut House in 1997 from 39 Essex Street in London. He studied law at Cambridge and spent 18 months thereafter studying history at Harvard. He was awarded a scholarship to Grays Inn for the Bar Vocational Course and subsequently spent a year travelling through Africa before embarking on a career on the Western Circuit.
He judges mooting competitions at Exeter University and participates in the Bar’s Human Rights for Schools initiative.
David accepts instructions in all manner of criminal cases; his work is divided evenly between defending and prosecuting. He appears in trials on a daily basis in the Crown Courts at Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Taunton, Bristol and beyond. He covers the full range of criminal work from murders, rapes and arsons to frauds, thefts, child cruelty and ordinary assaults.
David is particulary experienced in dealing with serious child abuse cases. He is well adept in representing clients who suffer from learning difficulties and other mental illnesses.
He also appears to prosecute and defend in specialist areas (e.g. local authority work, fisheries, health and safety, food standards etc.) David also has experience in handling court martials, prison adjudications and inquests.
Cases of Note:
R -v- M. Large-scale sexual abuse ring; reported case on admissibility of “similar fact” evidence
R -v- W and others. 7-month multi-handed VAT fraud trial.
R -v- A and others. Case involving drug supply and police entrapment.
R -v- K. Manslaughter, fully establishing school-yard bullying as grounds for diminished responsibility
R -v- L. Defending in a trial where the client was accused of male rape.
R -v- HJ. Led defence junior in a case where a woman was charged with numerous counts of child abuse against her own children. The case involved a defence of Munchausen by proxy.
R -v- W. Led Junior defending a care home worker accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse. Many of the vicitms were only able to communicate by using a Alternative Agumentative Communication Device.
R -v-S. Defending a father accused of a Section 18 assault on his baby.
R -v-T. Led junior prosecuting in an armed robbery trial that included the theft of rare and priceless stamps.