Called to the New Zealand Bar in 1979, David has been practising at the Bar of England and Wales since 1989. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 2010. His practice covers all forms of serious crime including murder, terrorism and organised crime (violent and financial) and extradition. He also frequently appears in the Court of Appeal having had a number of notable successes in the last few years. His reputation is
"a preparedness to defend the indefensible" and win.
A Contributing author to The Practitioners Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime – 2010 providing specialist chapters on Bribery and Corruption and Search warrants and production orders; author of "Restraint Orders and The Rights of Those Defrauded" - Archbold News 2009; "Banks, SARS and the Customer" - New Law Journal 2009.
David is a specialist in white collar crime. Has wide trial experience in serious fraud, money laundering, MTIC fraud, Insider Trading and Banking Fraud. Is a senior member of the Doughty Street Regulatory and Financial Crime Team. Recent cases include R v Meghrabi & Ors
[ 2011]- Money laundering – Operation Aloof - the defendant was charged with two others with laundering approximately £30 million through a Bureau de Change; R v Mullen & Ors [ 2010] Boiler Room Fraud run from Barcelona where loses to the public in excess of £1 million (Read More); R v Shakeel Ahmed [ 2011]– Banking Fraud in excess of £1million; R v Mayhew MTIC Fraud.
David is already a highly regarded Silk in this area and two years into Silk is ranked by Chambers & Partners. Recent cases include: R v Jovan Roberts & Co
(2013) – Murder (Read More) R v Andrew Parsons (2013) - Murder (Read More) R v Freaney the allegation was that Freaney murdered his partner during a bedroom domestic argument . Freaney alleged that death occurred by accident during a sex game (Read More) R v Satpal Kaur-Singh -Murder [ 2011] the defendant feed her autistic son bleach (Read More) ; R v Davda – Manslaughter [ 2011] the defendant stabbed her daughter several times before turning the knife on herself (Read More). R v Peters & Ors [ 2010] – Murder drugs related; R v Laguda & Anor - Murder  - drugs related Murder; R v Houston & Ors [ 2011] – drugs related murder (Read More).
David regularly appears for Appellants in the Court of Appeal both on matters of conviction and sentence. A recent notably success in the Court of Appeal: R v Seeveratnam & Ors S was convicted of murder in 2002, the then trial counsel (QC) advised that there was no grounds of appeal. David Hislop QC was instructed to give a second opinion. Counsel advised that there were grounds of appeal. The murder conviction was over turned in the Court of Appeal and a retrial was granted. Counsel conducted the retrial. S was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Counsel advised that an appeal should be lodged. On appeal to the Court of Appeal the manslaughter conviction was over turned. Other notably cases in the Court of Appeal: R v Hasnat
(2013) – Rape – Fresh Evidence; R v Manzoor (2013) – Firearms; R v Semaj (2012) – Murder –Fresh Evidence;R v Al-Soltan & Al-Fahad - Murder ; Attorney General's Reference 50 of 2009 R v Haslam (Jonathan); R v Shirley (John Roy) ; R v Biggs - Child Cruelty ; R v Kearns - Rape ; R v Xhepmetaj – Rape .
A recent addition to the Extradition team he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Human Rights to this area of his practice. Recent notable case being the Appeal to the Divisional Court in the case of SSHD & US Government v Harkins: (Read More).
David has significant experience before the Courts Martial and Court Martial Appeal Court, most notably representing a soldier charged with raping his commanding officer, R v Schofield.
Diploma, National Institute Trial Advocacy (Denver University, Colarado)
Advanced Diploma, National Institute Trial Advocacy (Hofstra University, New York)
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