David joined Sonn Macmillan Walker in February 2017 and principally represents individuals accused of serious offences, complex financial crimes and associated confiscation proceedings.
He has extensive expertise defending a wide range of criminal offences, including those of a high-profile nature, brought by the CPS, NCA, SFO, FCA and HMRC involving multiple defendants and considerable prosecution material.
David regularly advises clients at police interviews, often the most critical and stressful part of the investigation stage, and is an accomplished advocate in the magistrates’ court and crown court.
Whatever the allegation, David identifies the issues swiftly and ensures cases are thoroughly prepared with effective representations made to the police and prosecuting authorities throughout the proceedings.
Recent representations have led to no charges being laid against the son of a retired Circuit Judge; charges being withdrawn against a company director (and the court refusing to impose a post-acquittal restraining order), and the Crown offering no evidence against a client charged with laundering over £250k.
David advised a News of the World executive as part of ‘Operation Pinetree’ and currently represents the uncle of a former England football captain in relation to confiscation proceedings.
David represents both privately-funded and legally-aided clients.
Areas of expertise
Sexual offences including of a historic nature
Serious violent offences
David's recent successes
R v Trevelyan & another (2018)
Represented a company director who, together with her husband, stood accused of multiple counts of fraud – totalling in excess of £100k – and money laundering over a 9-month period. On the eve of the trial, client pleaded to one fraud offence on a limited basis and received a community order.
R v Woolley & another (2018)
Shortly before a second trial listing and following our concerted disclosure requests, the Crown offered no evidence against a client accused of laundering over £250k as part of a binary options fraud.
R v M & others (2018 ongoing)
Represented client involved in operating a multimillion pound investment scheme prosecuted by the FCA in substantive proceedings, and now in relation to the confiscation proceedings.
R v B & another (2018 ongoing)
Representing in confiscation proceedings a former director companies whose veils of incorporation Trading Standards are attempting to pierce in a case relating to consumer overcharging and incomplete performance of contracts. The prosecution claims the benefit figure is over £600k and the available amount is in excess of £250k.
R v Yeomans (2018)
Instructed after the previous solicitors went into administration. The case attracted some notoriety as Mr Yeomans was alleged to have disguised a substantial luxury mansion as a farm shed. The Insolvency Services claimed a benefit and available amount figure of £8m. After complex proceedings, £650,000 was eventually agreed as being available with no ‘hidden assets’ being pursued.
R v Hussain & other (2017)
Represented in confiscation proceedings a client serving 17 years’ imprisonment for playing a ‘leading role’ in the importation of Class A drugs. The Crown asserted a £3m benefit figure and ‘hidden assets’. After protracted negotiations and service of expert drug’s evidence, £96,000 was agreed as being available with no hidden assets.
R v Husband & another (2018)
Represented a client acquitted of three offences of rape but convicted of other historic sexual offences. Case generated national press coverage.
R v Clarke (2017)
Represented a client who pleaded guilty to downloading over 1,000 (including category A) indecent sexual images. The court was persuaded to impose a short suspended sentence that allowed our client to receive specialist pornography addiction treatment in the community.
R v Tracey (2017)
Client charged with s18 GBH captured on hotel CCTV repeatedly striking wedding guest with a wine bottle. At his first Crown Court hearing, the Judge warned the client to expect 12 years if he contested the allegation. The defence of non-insane automatism was advanced. Expert defence medical evidence suggested our client had been concussed shortly by an unknown assailant shortly before the index assault. After trial, the court was persuaded to depart to an almost unprecedented degree from the sentencing guidelines and imposed a sentence of 3 years 6 months’ imprisonment.
New Law Journal – ‘Unexplained wealth orders. Explained’, N.L.J. 2018, 168(7784), 13-14 [cover story]
Solicitor’s Journal – ‘Piercing the corporate veil in confiscation proceedings’, S.J. 20017, 161(25), 30-31
What David's clients say
“Thank you for your help in dealing so successfully with X’s recent difficulty. I was impressed by your skilled, sympathetic and professional management of your advice to X, and the subtlety of your dealings with and representations to the investigating officer. You have jelled to rescue X from serious adverse consequences he may have caused to himself by his stupidity. He was fortunate to have your advice and help.” Retired Circuit Judge, whose son was represented by David in 2017
“I write to convey my sincerest thanks for your work in my case. Without you, I suspect things may have gone very differently for me. Throughout the process you have both been excellent, and kept me well informed. I had to ask very few questions of yourselves, and of [Counsel], as I was well briefed. Without you I would not be sat here typing this email… With my freedom I am now able to look to the future, and rebuild my life.” Client, 2017