David is the firm's lead partner in the Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations Team which has just won the Legal 500 Crime & Fraud Team of the Year (National). He was also personally nominated in this category as Individual of the Year and is described in the Legal 500 2020 guide as “urbane, worldly and excellent with clients”.

He is the firm's lead partner on bribery and corruption issues, money laundering and fraud and has extensive experience of leading investigations and resolving multi-faceted fraud situations facing institutional clients. David has considerable trial experience, both in High Court litigation and arbitration and is experienced in mediation and other ADR techniques.

He is relationship partner for clients including Coca-Cola HBC, Airbus, The National Crime Agency and Svenska Handelsbanken.

  • Defending a major European Group against two significant Arbitration claims (£220 million and Euro 450 million respectively) arising from their international contracting frameworks. Both matters were successfully defended at trial.
  • Acting for the National Crime Agency in defence of a £250 million compensation claim, being the first major section 283 POCA claim to be brought before the Courts.
  • Acting for a leading UK financial institution on all aspects of its response to an organised, multiple party property finance fraud worth £55 million. Helped recover a significant proportion of the funds that were the subject of the fraud.
  • Successfully defending a major lending institution against a £36 million interest rate swap miss-selling case.
  • Acting for Celtic Energy in connection with multiple issues arising from a now discontinued SFO investigation into certain corporate transactions it entered.

What others say...

very accurate, knows the law inside out and gets results
Chambers 2019