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David Patience

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2 Bedford Row (Chambers of William Clegg QC)


Barrister specialising in serious crime, fraud, professional discipline, inquests and judicial review. Recent cases include: led junior representing the former Deputy High Commissioner of the Gambia in tobacco duty fraud (R v Bojang & Ors – Southwark Crown Court, 2014); acting alone, representing defendant charged with ‘trolling’ a prominent female MP on Twitter (R v N – City of London Magistrates’ Court, 2014); led junior in the Mark Duggan Inquest (and judicial review proceedings that followed) on behalf of the SC&O 19 Officers (2013/4); led junior for only acquitted defendant in eight-handed, three month, VAT/CIS fraud trial (R v Harper & Ors – Birmingham Crown Court, 2013); led junior in Supreme Court case resulting in landmark ruling re: application of Article 6 ECHR to extradition proceedings (Lukaszewski and Ors [2012] UKSC 20); acting alone for the Crown, successfully, in a double-handed appeal against conviction (R v McDonagh [2012] EWHC Crim 2013). For more information, please see


Called 2009; Gray’s Inn.


Oxford University, Jesus College, (BA (Hons)); City University (GDL); BPP (BVC).

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

David Patience - 2 Bedford RowHardworking, intelligent and with a very good bedside manner with clients.

Within: Crime (general crime)

2 Bedford Rowremains at the top of the Premiership for this area of the profession, with enough stars to field three or four first teams’. Defence highlights include Stephen Vullo QC and David Patience representing disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris in his third sexual offences trial, in which he was cleared of several counts of indecent assault after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The set includes a number of heavyweight prosecutors as well; Brian Altman QC prosecuted Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, who was convicted of preparing terrorism acts in London having been arrested on Whitehall with three knives tucked into his clothes, in addition to the construction of bombs for the Afghan Taliban several years prior.

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