David Sapiecha > Albion Chambers > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Albion Chambers


David joined Albion Chambers in February 2018. He is greatly experienced in Crime, Regulatory and Disciplinary Proceedings. David is on the A list panel of prosecutors for Health and Safety. He is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor. David prosecutes and defends serious and complex cases, especially fraud. He is a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor and on the CPS Rape and Serious Crime Group Panels. Over the last 20 years David has been frequently instructed to advise and appear in regulatory cases. An illustrative list includes: Police misconduct, Health and safety (including fatalities), Trading Standards, Firearms appeals
Planning breaches, Animal welfare, Fire safety, Advising on legal professional privilege, David is on the A list panel of prosecutors for Health and Safety. David’s clients include police constabularies, The Fire and Prison Services, and individual officers as well as drivers, etc. David is well-versed in Article 2 (European Convention on Human Rights) cases. David deals with many types of misconduct proceedings, either at first instance or by appeals, tribunals and judicial review.


Called 1990; Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Proceedings


LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

David SapiechaAlbion ChambersDavid’s advocacy is very good. He is able to turn off his criminal advocate demeanour and conduct himself in a way that is respectful of the deceased’s family. David is also very good at making submissions and questioning witnesses in a way that benefits the client.’ 

Albion Chambers’ inquests and inquiries team, led by Alexander West, continues to gain traction on the Western Circuit, with members now regularly acting for NHS Trusts, families of the deceased, regulators and businesses, with some cases involving hospital and custody settings. David Sapiecha is deputy head of inquests and has recently acted on several occasions in connection with inquests into the deaths of individuals with mental health issues discharged from police custody or the care of community mental health teams. Kate Brunner KC is currently chairing the Independent Isle of Man Covid-19 Review, while West is acting as counsel to it.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

David SapiechaAlbion Chambers ‘David is an excellent advocate with the ability to hold his audience no matter how complex the matter being explained.  He knows how to explain difficult concepts to juries and strikes the correct balance between explaining all of the relevant facts without going into too much detail.  You can tell juries listen to his every word.’ 

Members of Albion Chambers, the ‘best set in Bristol for business and regulatory crime‘ work, offer broad expertise to a wide range of clients. Alan Fuller specialises in regulatory crime and is especially experienced in trading standards investigations and health and safety matters, including fatal accidents. He tends to act for the prosecution, especially for local authorities and other regulatory bodies, and represented Bristol City Council in a fraudulent trading case. David Sapiecha, a ‘great tactician‘ and ‘a very good advocate‘, is regularly instructed by the Health and Safety Executive. He recently acted in HSE v Forfarmers, Crabtree and Hill, etc., a case involving significant injuries following a fall from height at work and the consequent apportioning of legal responsibility between the four companies involved. He also appears in fraud and consumer protection regulations cases.