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

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“Approachable but impressive, he commands the attention of any room” Legal 500 (2019)

David Malone is currently on a sabbatical from Red Lion Chambers. He intends to return to independent practice in September 2021. Until then he will be acting as a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor (‘DCCP’) and a Deputy Head of Division for the Specialist Fraud Division (‘SFD’).

The profile below relates to David’s practice at the independent Bar:

He is an established leading barrister who provides advice and representation in high-profile and demanding cases across a wide-range of legal disciplines. He can be most frequently seen acting in serious criminal cases before the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal.

David is accustomed to conducting cases in the full-glare of the media spotlight.

He originally trained as a biochemist and is well-equipped to deal with complex expert and scientific evidence.

David will act on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases where there are no other reasonable sources of funding. He has been commended by the Bar Council for his pro bono work.


Special mention by the Bar Council for pro bono work and a campaign which led to a change in the law (2014); Reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit (2013-present);CPS Fraud Panel (2013-present); CPS Rape and Child Sexual Abuse Panel (2012-present); CPS General Panel at Grade 4 (highest grade) (2012-present);Head of Chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square (2010-2013; Road User Charging Adjudicator (2005-present); First approved by the CPS to prosecute rape and other serious sexual offences (2005);Pupil Supervisor (2005-present); Karmel Awards (2 consecutive awards) Gray’s Inn (1996 -1997)


Criminal Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit; Grays Inn


BSc(Hons) Biochemistry – Sheffield; Common Professional Exam – City University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Red Lion Chamberscontinues to grow and go from strength to strength’ across the gamut of criminal defence and prosecution. The set is ‘organised and efficient’. ‘They will ensure all cases are covered properly and that solicitors are always kept informed.’ While a London set, it is also active in Kent’s criminal cases and maintains an outpost in Chelmsford. In recent news, Michelle Nelson, Christopher Paxton, and Michael Goodwin took silk in 2019; Sara Lawson QC has been appointed general counsel of the Serious Fraud Office and David Malone has taken a sabbatical to work as the deputy head of the specialist fraud division at the Crown Prosecution Service; Angela Rafferty QC has been appointed a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. The set has recently launched a lecture series which is described as ‘unprecedented’ by clients: ‘These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.’ The clerks’ room is ‘fully understanding and willing to assist in those rare moments of crises’. Mark Bennett is the senior clerk/practice director; deputy director Nick Parkinson, assistant practice director Lee Young, and practice manager and lead Chelmsford clerk Chris Jones are also key contacts. Offices in: London and Chelmsford

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David MaloneRed Lion ChambersHe has an excellent grasp of forensics issues and trial tactics.

Red Lion Chambers, among a range of criminal experts, has number of members with specific strengths in sexual offences and modern slavery matters, and handles a strong mixture of prosecution work as well as challenging defence instructions. Kate Bex QC successfully represented the defendant, a solicitor, in the second-ever prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act. Rosina Cottage QC represented the Crown Prosecution Service, successfully defeating an appeal against conviction brought in the name of publicist Max Clifford, who died three years into a prison sentence for indecent assault. Among the juniors, David Malone prosecuted two gang members involved in the production of drill music videos on YouTube for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH), and successfully applied after their conviction for the first criminal behaviour order targeting drill music. Elsewhere, Paul Evans represented a man named in the press as a former president of the Sussex chapter of the Hell’s Angels, who was acquitted of GBH with intent. Sally-Ann Hales QC was appointed to the circuit bench in May 2018.