David is a senior solicitor within the Criminal department having joined Steel & Shamash in 2012.
David originally qualified as a barrister (2003) before cross qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. He has worked at a number of other major criminal law firms in London and has established an excellent reputation as a very committed and able solicitor.
David is experienced in handling matters across the whole range of criminal offences. Over recent years his practice has focused on complex fraud, offences of serious violence, sexual allegations and drug importations/supply.
He is often called upon to represent clients who are facing criminal investigations or proceedings for the first time and has been praised for his sensitive handling of their cases.
David acts for clients both under a private paying basis and under the legal aid provisions.
As well as defending prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, David has also defended in cases investigated and prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, the National Crime Agency, Trading Standards and the Department for Work and Pensions.
R v M – Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to make corrupt payments. The case was prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and M was said to be the “inside man” at KBC Lease UK, who suffered a loss of £142million after purchasing the receivables due under fictitious contracts to install ultrafast broadband networks. The trial lasted for 5 months at Southwark Crown Court.
R v H – Money laundering further to a £640,000 conspiracy to defraud the NHS.
R v B – Former managing director of restaurant chain accused of fraud by false representation relating to a forged document submitted to the Land Registry in order to remove a charge on his property.
R v E – Multiple counts of mortgage fraud on properties with a combined value of over £2million.
R v A – Misconduct in a public office by a prison officer. Prosecution persuaded to offer no evidence just days before the trial was due to begin.
R v S - Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice relating to the provision of false details when responding to notices of intended prosecution for speeding offences. Prosecution offered no evidence against S on the first day of trial.
R v T – Murder and violent disorder on joint enterprise basis. T was a 20 year old male who had never been in trouble before. He was acquitted of both allegations following trial at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).
R v R – Conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to false imprisonment and conspiracy to blackmail. The allegation arose from an incident where a male was kidnapped off the street and taken to a location where he was beaten and tortured over the course of two days. A ransom demand of £30,000 was made prior to his release. R was acquitted following a lengthy trial.
R v S – Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
R v A – GBH with intent. A set fire to a male who had entered his home and was threatening him. Reasonable self-defence was put forward and A was found not guilty by the jury at the conclusion of his trial.
R v P – ABH allegation in relation to a “road rage” incident. Not guilty verdict after Crown Court trial for business owner who had been driving his Porsche after work when he became involved in an altercation with a cyclist.
R v A – Rape allegation. Further to service of A’s Defence Statement and requests for disclosure therein, the CPS offered no evidence against A on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.
R v G - Rape allegation where it was said that the complainant was so drunk that she was incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. The case involved expert evidence on the issue and G was acquitted following a jury trial.
R v V – Unanimous jury acquittal of V who was charged with attempting to rape his partner. He had a previous conviction for raping the same partner and his defence involved an assertion that he had wrongly pleaded guilty to the first matter.
R v S - Conspiracy to supply 30kg of cocaine after the drugs were found by the UKBA in a consignment of shoes and handbags that arrived at Heathrow Airport from Mexico.
R v D – Possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine. D found in the living room of an address surrounded by the drugs. He said he had only recently arrived there and was found not guilty after trial.
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London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association