David Claxton > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers


David Claxton is a leading junior, recognised for his skill in matters relating to Business Crime & Fraud and Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary matters.

He has been reported as having strengths [that] lie in his keen intellect, attention to detail and clarity of written and oral expression (Legal 500 UK, 2017), strength in complex and obscure legal arguments (Legal 500 UK, 2017) and extensive knowledge of regulatory case law combines with a sharp focus on the relevant issues (Legal 500 UK, 2018).

David’s expertise covers:

Economic and Business Crime, including Fraud, Bribery & Corruption, Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime, Sanctions, Tax & Insolvency)

Internal Investigations

Regulatory crime (including Health & Safety and Fire Law)

General Crime

Asset forfeiture (civil and criminal)

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Inquests & Inquiries

Judicial Review


Legal Professional Privilege (LPP)

David has appeared at all levels of court and tribunal in his main practice areas.

In 2015 David was the first barrister under ten years’ call to be appointed to the General Medical Council’s List of Advocates.

David has published and lectured on corporate crime, professional regulation, cross border jurisdiction, abuse of process and expert evidence in leading practitioner texts, trade publications and to professional audiences such as in-house regulatory lawyers and City law firms.


SFO Prosecutions List (B Panel) (2020)

Attorney General’s Regulatory List (B Panel) (2020)

General Medical Council List (2015)

CPS Panel Advocate (Grade 2) (2012)


Chapter on ‘Expert Evidence’, Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences, main chapter author

Chapter on Cross-border Jurisdiction, Fraud: Law Practice and Procedure, editor

‘Understanding General Dental Council Procedure’, The Dentist, joint author with Kingsley Napley

‘Management Failures and Findings of Professional Misconduct’, The Probe

Chapter on ‘confiscation’, Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings, Bloomsbury, 4th edition, chapter author


French (intermediate)



South Eastern Circuit


Young Fraud Lawyers Association



LLB, University of Durham (2006)

LLM, King’s College London (2007)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

David Claxton   – Red Lion ChambersExtremely bright, hard-working and fluent in both written and oral advocacy. He puts clients at ease and has a reassuring manner.

Members at Red Lion Chambers handle an array of complex business and regulatory crime work, representing defendants in bribery, corporate corruption, banking fraud and boiler room investigations, as well as in regulatory prosecutions alongside providing advice to corporate clients facing investigations by the SFO, FCA, and other key authorities. The set, whose members are regularly instructed by leading City criminal firms, includes a combination of experienced silks, newer appointments, and effective juniors, regularly entrusted with leading roles both defending and prosecuting major cases. Allison Clare KC acted for the SFO in SFO v Airbus SE, a high-profile complex corruption case covering aircraft sales across five jurisdictions and two divisions involving a multijurisdictional deferred prosecution agreement. Head of chambers Antony Shaw KC defends and prosecutes SFO and FCA cases relating to corruption, fraud, and bribery, while Gillian Jones KC is praised for her ‘real depth of cradle to grave experience in significant SFO investigations’. In another notable prosecution, ‘positive and collegiate‘ junior David Claxton  acts for the SFO against David Ames, founder and chairman of the Harlequin Group, in a corporate fraud case concerning the viability and solvency of the business during the period that investments were obtained.