David is a criminal practitioner acting at both junior and leading junior level. He has substantial experience defending over a wide range of serious offences. He is frequently called on to advise on and conduct complex appeals (several following referral from the CCRC), and has appeared as counsel in a number of successful and noted appeals. He has developed a particular expertise in the developing and contentious field of 'low template' DNA, and has extensive experience cross-examining some of the foremost forensic scientists in this field. He has also co-authored a comprehensive article on DNA law and practice published in 'The Archbold Review' February 2011. Recent cases include: R v Anwoir and others; R v Gatsinzi and others; R v McLaughlan and others; R v Broughton - acted for leading animal rights activist on "terrorist" attacks against Oxford university; R v Victor. Appeals (CCRC referrals): R v James and Karimi - provocation in murder; precedent between HL & Privy Council; R v G - counsel's conduct of defence affecting safety of conviction. Other recent appeals include: R v Zulhayir appeal dealing with issues of jury bias; R v Whitehead - guidance re applicability of sentencing guidelines in cases of major confidence fraud; House of Lords decision R v Kennedy - unlawful act manslaughter & causation; R v Powell (re competence of very young children); R v Atkinson (bad character); R v Anwoir (money laundering).
Called 1984; Gray's Inn. Publications of note: article on recent developments in money laundering in Archbold News; 'Fair trial' chapter in 'Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime' (OUP); 'Developments in DNA law/practice'. Archbold News, February 2011.
CBA, South East Circuit.
Bedford School; London University (1982 LLB (Hons)).