Mr David (Charles Lynch) QC Etherington QC > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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David Etherington QC is an established criminal and regulatory barrister with over 35 years’ experience.  He was previously Head of Chambers at Red Lion Chambers and his criminal practice focuses on fraud and serious organised crime, he is acknowledged as a leader well known to solicitors who instruct in these areas. He is described in Chambers UK 2016 as ‘highly praised by instructing solicitors as one of the Financial Crime Bar’s heavy hitters’ and as having “extensive expertise in complex and serious fraud matters including those relating to Ponzi schemes, pensions and property” and as ‘a superb jury advocate’. He has also defended in many cases of murder and other serious criminal cases including the gangland murders involving Britain’s first black-on-black supergrass and the case of the so-called ‘Walthamstow cannibal’.

David believes in team work and placing the client at the centre of the process. In an earlier edition of Chambers UK he was praised for ‘his client care and advocacy skills’.

In addition to his criminal practice, David has substantial experience in the regulatory field, having been Chairman on the Professional Conduct Committee and the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council, as well as a member of both committees for over ten years.  Additionally, he has also been a legal adviser to the General Optical Council and General Dental Council and has defended in front of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.

David has also acted as legal adviser to a number of television drama series, such as Kavanagh QCThe Brief, Judge John Deed, Wing and a Prayer and Incognito (film) as well as advising in factual programmes such as Hypthotheticals in which he also appeared as a panellist. He was the legal adviser to The Verdict (2006) and The Trial (2017) in which real juries, together with actual barristers and judges, tried two fictional cases to explore the workings of the jury system.


Year of call: 1979; Inn: Middle Temple; Year made QC : 1998; Recorder 2000 – continuing;
Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council: 1997-2004;
Chairman 2003-4 Professional Practice
Committee of the Bar Council 2005-2007 as Chairman
Sometime Legal Assessor to the General Optical Council, General Dental Council Chancellor of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich 2010 – continuing Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Ely 2012 – continuing Deputy Chancellor Diocese of Norwich 2005-2007 Legal Adviser: Kavanagh QC, Judge John Deed, The Brief, Wing and a Prayer, and others. Head of Chambers, Red Lion Chambers: 2005-2012


Memberships held: CBA, South Eastern Circuit, Ecclesiastical Judges’ Association, Middle Temple (Bencher 2005)
Current directorships: 5KBW, Trustee Emily Jordan Foundation, Trustee Oxford School of Drama


Keble College Oxford BA 1976, MA 2000 (Jurisprudence Class II), Diploma of Public and Social Administration (Oxon) [Distinction].

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Etherington QCRed Lion ChambersPresence, presentation, panache, precision and persuasiveness. He is a great cross-examiner.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Etherington QCRed Lion ChambersDavid is an exceptional barrister in every sense. He has a superb legal mind which distills complex legal issues into simple and concise arguments. He is one of the finest jury advocates that I have seen, expert in all that he does especially in cross-examination as well as in his closing speeches.