David qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked for a number of major London criminal defence firms before joining Sonn Macmillan Walker. He obtained crown court advocacy rights in 2000 and has worked exclusively as an advocate in the crown court for many years, defending clients charged with a range of offences.
He has been the leading advocate in a conspiracy to commit armed robberies trial at Inner London crown court; the junior advocate in a number of murder trials at the Central Criminal Court and the sole advocate in cases of attempted murder, other offences of violence, kidnapping, drugs, fraud, perverting the course of justice and firearms amongst others. He has worked on many appeals in the Court of Appeal, both against conviction and sentence.
David set up the firm’s in-house advocacy department in 2007 to offer clients a seamless service from the moment of investigation through to the eventual conclusion of their case. This gives every client confidence that they have a team of advocates and litigators working diligently in their interests at all times.
He believes in solid case preparation and sound, coherent advocacy.
Areas of Expertise
Crown court advocacy
David's recent successes
R v Akapea – five-handed gang murder at the Central Criminal Court
R v Campbell – two-handed knifepoint murder at the Central Criminal Court
R v Chowdhury – conspiracy to rob mobile phones at Southwark Crown Court
R v Galsinh – banking fraud at the Central Criminal Court
R v Yoxall – conspiracy to rob and possession of firearms at Maidstone Crown Court
R v Tyndale – multi-handed divert fraud conspiracy at Leicester Crown Court
R v Ali – banking fraud at the Central Criminal Court
R v Dacosta – attempted murder at Snaresbrook Crown Court
R v Joseph – eight-handed knifepoint murder at the Central Criminal Court
What people are saying
“…David Kitson, is quietly very,
very good. The judge said he was brilliant and they
never say that. He has caught the eye of judges. He is a
fantastic advocate.” Third Party, 2023.
“Words cannot, and will never, express my gratitude for what you have done for me. Your dedication, care and attention made the world of difference.” Client acquitted of murder