Mr David Temkin KC > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Criminal; Regulatory


A newly-appointed silk,  David specialises in serious crimehealth and safety cases and professional disciplinary work (police and healthcare professionals). He prosecutes and defends in equal measure. He is regularly recommended in the UK’s Legal Directories (see Recommendations section).

As a junior, David’s experience and skills led to his early appointment to a number of national panels. He became a Grade 4 CPS advocate in 2011 and was soon appointed to the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List and the Serious Crime Group Panel. He spent many years on the Attorney-General’s Unified List of Prosecution Advocates and the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates (Health & Safety). He is one of the General Medical Council’s approved advocates.

In his criminal work, David is frequently instructed in high-profile cases of particular complexity, seriousness and sensitivity. Recent examples include murders, terrorist cases, baby-shaking fatalities, rape and child abuse trials, large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies and multi-million pound frauds.

In his health and safety work, David prosecutes (for the Health and Safety Executive) and defends companies facing criminal allegations. He has many years of experience and an exceptional record of success.

In his police work, David defends officers at all ranks before the criminal courts and in misconduct proceedings before the disciplinary panel. He has had particular triumphs in allegations of misconduct in public office and computer misuse.

David has a notable practice at the General Medical Council. He is particularly interested in healthcare regulation. He regularly conducts training courses for clinicians and NHS managers around the country. His in-depth knowledge and experience have resulted in glowing feedback from doctors, nurses and NHS directors.


Called 2000; Silk 2021; Category 4 Prosecutor; Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecutors (2006); National List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law (2012); Visiting Lecturer in “Professional Discipline” at the BPP University on the Bar Professional Training Course; Trainer on courses around the UK for Healthcare Professionals and Medical Expert Witnesses


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Oxford University, BA Hons, Modern History, 1991-1994
  • Open University, Post-Graduate Certificate In Education, 1995
  • City University, Graduate Diploma In Law, 1997-8
  • Inns of Court  School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 1998-9

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Temkin KC – Exchange Chambers ‘David is highly effective cross-examiner whose meticulous preparation is used to devastating effect. He has an affable and persuasive style of advocacy which is attractive to both juries and judges.’