Call 1992 – Inner Temple
David returned to the Independent Bar having worked as a legal adviser to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police then as in- house Counsel for a leading firm of solicitors. He has developed a niche practice providing general legal advice to a number of SMEs’ that dovetails with a traditional practice.
Initially he practiced at the Criminal Bar in London and on the Western Circuit and as such is able to distil salient points quickly and when necessary back up advice with his experience of advocacy at a high level.
David has represented many licensed premises at first instance, appeal and judicial review.
He regularly appears before licensing committees.
David has also developed a niche practice advising and appearing on a frequent basis in relation to Public Inquiries and preliminary hearings before the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.
He regularly represents Operators, Transport Managers, and Drivers throughout England and Wales.
He provides Health and Safety and other regulatory advice on both a direct and indirect basis and advised on cases brought by the EA, HSE and the Department of Business in addition to other regulatory authorities.
David has also represented and advised in a variety of criminal cases when sanction has been sought.
David has experience of conducting Independent Investigations into alleged breaches by Councillors of their Local Government Code of Conduct and has presented his reports to the appropriate Committee.
He advises on a continuing basis Companies who have disputes at home and abroad over failures to comply with contracts avoiding costly litigation. Of note he has a track record of assisting Companies directly that have insufficient infrastructure to have their own legal department.
He has, appeared in litigation involving franchises, leases, agency regulations and contracts.
Defending in Health and Safety, Environmental Agency prosecutions and proceedings under the Companies Act; Licensing (including sexual entertainment venues); ATF next generation project; Criminal proceedings brought by the DVSA and Inquiries by the Traffic Commissioner.
David also regularly receives instructions from solicitors and directly from individuals for all types of Motoring and Criminal offences.