David Stern > Chambers of David Josse QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse QC
5 St Andrews Hill
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David practises in business crime and crime, asset recovery, civil fraud & confiscation, mediation & settlement and professional discipline & regulatory.


David Stern‘s practice focuses on corporate regulation, business crime and serious fraud with a particular emphasis on financial services and insurance.

David is Joint Head of the Regulation and Business Crime Practice Group at 5 St Andrew’s Hill and has acted as leading junior and junior counsel in many of the most high profile proceedings in England, especially cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and the FCA.

David Stern is ranked in Chambers & Partners as a band 3 leader in the field of Financial Crime (London). 

Chambers and Partners 2017 say that: “(David) Stern is the key business crime and financial regulation barrister at the set. His areas of expertise include advising on rate rigging, corruption and investment fraud cases.”

“Working with David is a pleasure because he combines an ability to master almost any problem with an impressive talent for hard work. He analyses the minutiae of a case without losing sight of the larger picture, and is a great asset to any team who wants to get it right from the start.” 

Chambers and Partners 2018.

“Provided fantastic client care and was exceptionally well prepared throughout the case.”  

Chambers and Partners 2016.

He is instructed to defend the SFO’s first prosecutions of alleged manipulation of US$ and Yen Libor benchmarks (Barclays and UBS II) and is considered to be a leading expert on wider benchmark investigations, including Forex and commodities.

He has a particular expertise in advisory, regulatory and tribunal work arising out of financial transactions. He is regularly instructed to represent both corporates and individuals in FCA regulatory investigations and wider risk-related matters.

David founded Settlement Counsel in 2000 and has acted in many leading high-value insurance claims for North American policyholders in the London Insurance Market, including acting as lead London counsel in the World Trade Center coverage case.

He is also a highly respected commercial mediator and handles a range of commercial matters with a particular emphasis on the resolution of financial services and insurance disputes.

David regularly provides lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects, including financial services, business crime, the London Financial and Insurance Markets and mediation. He has presented keynote speeches for several international bar organisations, including the American Bar Association.

  • David accepts Direct Public Access instructions.
  • David is able to take instructions directly from law firms, corporations and individuals as well as foreign law firms under the International Practice Rules.


David was called to the Bar in 1989.


  • Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers’ Association.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


King’s College, London (LL.B.) and Jesus College, Cambridge (LL.M.)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David Stern5 St Andrews HillHe has a first-class brain and is able to quickly identify the critical issues in complex cases. He has the ability to win any jury with exceptional advocacy skills.