David Chant > DWF > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

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David is a senior associate in the Regulatory team. He advises and represents clients under investigation by the police, HSE and other regulatory bodies.


Senior Associate


David has more than 18 years’ experience representing individuals and companies being investigated by the police, HSE, local authorities, EA and other regulatory bodies for criminal and regulatory offences including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, prosecutions under the Health & Safety at Work Act, Food Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act. 

David represents clients at PACE interviews, inquest proceedings and in the magistrates’ court. He advises and assists with appeals against Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices and Fees for Intervention. He also represents HGV and PSV operators before traffic commissioners at public inquiries and has successfully appeared at the Upper Tribunal appealing traffic commissioner decisions. He regularly acts for individuals charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving.  

David has appeared in both Chambers and the Legal 500 for his transport regulatory work.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport

DWF focuses on road transport regulatory and insurance work. It provides a full-service offering to government and private sector clients and is particularly adept at handling crisis management work and public inquiries; Leeds practice head David Chant has extensive experience representing haulage companies called to public inquiry before traffic commissioners for issues relating to bridge strikes and tachographs, among others. Sophie Parkin advises on regulatory and criminal proceedings, while Mark Thompson handles road traffic matters.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Health and safety

(Rising stars)

David Chant – DWF

DWF houses ‘one of the most impressive teams in the country’ according to clients. The group represents both individuals and organisations in prosecutions and investigations by regulatory authorities such as the Police and Health and Safety Executive. Other areas of expertise include gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter as well as extensive experience in general criminal practice, including on road traffic issues. Corporate defence specialist Paul Matthews leads the team that includes criminal litigator Mark Thompson; David Chant, who was promoted to director in January 2022; and associate Sophie Parkin.