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Red Lion Chambers

18 RED LION COURT, LONDON, EC4A 3EB, ENGLAND
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Chelmsford, London

David Walbank QC

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Work 0207 520 6000
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Red Lion Chambers (Red Lion Chambers)

Position

A senior judge before whom David appeared in an eight-month fraud trial has written that “Walbank is an advocate of exceptional ability” and in a recent professional recommendation a highly respected Queen’s Counsel wrote that “In my opinion, he possesses a first class legal mind.” According to the previous edition of the Legal 500, “David Walbank is outstanding in fraud matters”. David Walbank studied law at Queens’ College, Cambridge and was President of the Cambridge Union Society. He was called to the Bar in 1987. In his early years in practice, at the chambers of George Carman QC, his work was predominantly in the civil courts and he appeared regularly in the High Court. However, since the mid-1990s David has specialised almost exclusively in the conduct of the most complex and sensitive trials in the field of: • Serious Fraud and Corporate Crime • Bribery and Corruption • Organised Crime • Money Laundering, Confiscation and Restraint • Regulatory Offences Professional clients comment that he has an unrivalled ability to soak up pressure defending ‘high stakes’ prosecutions whilst at the same time retaining a remarkable empathy with clients. His performance in one recent successful fraud defence at the Central Criminal Court was described by one of London’s highest profile fraud defence solicitors as “absolutely superb”. Other recent written expressions of appreciation from grateful clients have included that he goes “above and beyond the call of duty”, that his “integrity, work ethic and intelligence are a sight to behold” and that his “command of the court room was nothing short of awe-inspiring”. With his extremely loyal client base, David is invariably briefed as leading counsel with a second junior counsel to assist him and is routinely instructed on an equal footing with the leading criminal silks in his fields of expertise. David’s work is now almost exclusively for the defence and, having historically had conduct of some of the highest profile cases for all of the main fraud prosecution agencies, he has an unrivalled expertise in identifying the ‘pressure points’ in heavyweight criminal litigation. He has been instructed in some of the most notable trials of the last decade including in the following fields of expertise. Serious Fraud and Corporate Crime Bribery & Corruption Organised Crime Money Laundering, Confiscation & Restraint Regulatory Offences

Career

David’s expertise in fraud, bribery and corruption, organised crime, the proceeds of crime and regulatory proceedings is founded on his many years of acting for all of the main fraud prosecution agencies in some of the highest profile trials to come before the courts. His abilities and experience have been recognised by his appointment, following open competitions, to a number of the most demanding positions in these fields of practice. In 2005 he was appointed Standing Counsel to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO). Upon the lapse of that post in 2012, following RCPO’s incorporation into the CPS, he was immediately appointed as Standing Counsel to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In the last CPS grading exercise, he was appointed as a Grade 4 advocate (expressly reserved for ‘advocates of exceptional experience and ability’) and, before turning to full-time defence practice, he regularly prosecuted for the CPS Central Fraud Group and the Complex Casework Units. David is on the SFO’s List A. He is also on the Regulatory List A of Advocates for the Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and Environment Agency. Memberships held: Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit, Fraud Lawyers Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. Publications of note: David frequently lectures and writes on topics of particular interest to lawyers specialising in fraud, bribery and corruption, organised crime, money-laundering and regulatory offences. Recent events and publications have included the following. • In 2013 he delivered the keynote lecture on ‘Recent Developments in Evidence, Procedure and the Substantive Law’ to the Annual Government Legal Service Prosecutors’ Conference – speaking alongside the Solicitor-General and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office – and, having been invited to do so again in 2014, his legal developments lecture has now become a regular fixture • A series of seminars conducted alongside Professor David Ormerod QC on the Fraud Act 2006 • Talks to the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association and to investigators within some of the leading accountancy firms in relation to the developing private prosecution jurisdiction • A series of lectures to leading white collar defence firms including talks entitled ‘Chinks In The Draconian Armour’ and ‘Breaking The Shackles’ (on the conduct of respectively confiscation and restraint proceedings specifically from the perspective of the defence solicitor) • David has also been a regular lecturer to RCPO lawyers, HMRC investigators, the Enforcement Division of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and to the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad (on the law relating to search warrants and Legal Professional Privilege). • He wrote the chapter on ‘Prosecution Disclosure’ in Butterworths’ ‘Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure’.

Education

Aylesbury Grammar School Queens’ College, Cambridge MA Hons, Law


London Bar

Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – 2018 silks

David Walbank QC - Red Lion ChambersIntelligent, articulate and fearless – little surprise he was appointed silk.

Within: Fraud: crime

Red Lion Chambers both defends and prosecutes fraud cases, including acting for private prosecutors. David Etherington QC and Tom Forster QC (prior to his taking silk in 2018) represented the Eton-educated son of a former judge who was convicted in Operation Amazon; David Walbank QC represented another defendant as a leading junior prior to his appointment.

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

Red Lion Chambers is highly regarded for its expertise in criminal law; the barristers have solid experience in handling high-profile homicide, fraud, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking. In a testament to chambers’ strength in this area, David Walbank QC took silk in 2018. Mark Bennett is practice director; deputy director Nick Parkinson, assistant practice director Lee Young and practice manager Chris Jones are also key contacts. Former head of chambers Max Hill QC has been appointed the new director of public prosecutions. Offices in: London, Chelmsford

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

Red Lion Chambers is highly regarded for its expertise in criminal law; the barristers have solid experience in handling high-profile homicide, fraud, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking. In a testament to chambers’ strength in this area, David Walbank QC took silk in 2018. Mark Bennett is practice director; deputy director Nick Parkinson, assistant practice director Lee Young and practice manager Chris Jones are also key contacts. Former head of chambers Max Hill QC has been appointed the new director of public prosecutions. Offices in: London, Chelmsford

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit

Crime

Within: Crime – Leading silks

David Walbank QC - Red Lion ChambersHighly recommended for serious fraud cases.

Within: Crime

Red Lion Chambers’ criminal team handles a broad array of serious criminal cases, including high-profile homicide, sexual offences, drug trafficking and fraud. David Walbank QC took silk in 2018.

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