Testimonials

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“Anyone who has you representing them is extremely lucky”
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“It is your professional commitment that helped correct a clear aberration in the justice process”
Expert Witness

Areas of law:

Police Station, Youth Court, Motoring Solicitors, Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, Fraud Solicitors, SFO Investigations, Commercial Fraud and Serious Fraud

David is a solicitor in the crime team, based at our Brighton office.  David originally qualified as a barrister before cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2006.  He previously worked at a number of major criminal law firms in London before joining Reeds, and has established an excellent reputation as a very committed and able solicitor.

David is experienced in handling matters across the whole range of criminal offences and many of his cases have been complex and high profile.  Over recent years his practice has focused on complex fraud, offences of serious violence, sexual allegations and drug importations/supply.  He has acted in cases investigated and prosecuted by the SFO, HMRC, NCA, Trading Standards, DWP and the CPS.

He is often called upon to represent clients who are facing criminal investigations or proceedings for the first time and has been praised for his sensitive handling of their cases.  David understands that criminal proceedings can be daunting and highly stressful for his clients and one of his main strengths is his ability to provide clear, realistic and understandable advice from the outset.

David works hard to achieve the best possible result for his clients and his persuasive written and oral representations have led to many successful outcomes; whether through no charges being brought, cases being discontinued or an acquittal at the end of a trial.  In the Youth and Magistrates’ Courts, David is known as a highly capable advocate, who presents arguments in a concise and well thought out manner.

Memberships

CLSA committee member

Notable Cases

R v A [2018] – Rape allegation. Further to service of A’s Defence Statement and requests for disclosure therein, the CPS offered no evidence against A on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

R v M [2017] – Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to make corrupt payments. The case was prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and M was said to be the “inside man” at KBC Lease UK, who suffered a loss of £142million after purchasing the receivables due under fictitious contracts to install ultrafast broadband networks. The trial lasted for 5 months at Southwark Crown Court and was reported on by the BBC and other major media outlets.

R v A [2013] – Misconduct in a public office by a prison officer. Prosecution persuaded to offer no evidence just days before the trial was due to begin. In this case David argued that his client had been placed under duress.

R v R [2013] – Conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to false imprisonment and conspiracy to blackmail. The allegation arose from an incident where a male was kidnapped off the street and taken to a location where he was beaten and tortured over the course of two days. A ransom demand of £30,000 was made prior to his release. R was acquitted following a lengthy trial involving 5 defendants at Southwark Crown Court and re-trial at Croydon Crown Court. The case featured in the Evening Standard.

R v T [2009] – Murder and violent disorder on joint enterprise basis. T was a 20 year old male who had never been in trouble before. The victim had been beaten and thrown into the River Thames where he drowned. T was acquitted of both allegations following trial at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey). This case attracted media attention, including from international outlets.