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“Hislop possessed calm and charm in great measure, but could strike like a cobra.”– (2015) – Mike White, journalist and author of Who Killed Scott Guy.

An extensive career has allowed him to achieve expertise in a number of areas from murder and terrorism to the fine arts of fraud, cross border crime, money laundering and regulatory work.

His stellar 2019 with three consecutive acquittals for murder: R v Jason Needham (Oxford CC); R v Nyeila (Central Criminal Court);R v Daniel Fox (No.3) (Maidstone CC) has continued in to 2020 with his recent successful application to dismiss a charge of murder: R v Yusuf Yusuf (Central Criminal Court) and a Not Guilty Verdict in just over an hour by the Jury in a one punch manslaughter case in R v Mohammed Metowlli.

Known to have a particular expertise in the area of pathology and DNA. Popular with clients, he is known for his industry and ability to scythe through vast mountains of paperwork drilling down to the real issues in a case. His reputation is a persuasive jury advocate with “…a preparedness to defend the indefensible and win…”. He is regularly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.


Called 1989; Gray’s Inn; QC 2010. Admitted to High Court of New Zealand 1979. Publications of note: contributing author to ‘A Practitioner’s Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime’, providing specialist chapters on bribery and corruption and search warrants and production orders 2010.


Whangarei Boys High School; University of Auckland (New Zealand) LLB, 1978.


Rugby, gym, wine, family.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Hislop QCDoughty Street ChambersHe is a wonderful lawyer. He is hugely charismatic, massively persuasive and devastatingly effective. Nothing is impossible with David on your side.