David is a Criminal Solicitor Advocate specialising in regulatory enforcement, corporate crime, financial crime and Fatal Accident Inquiries.
His expertise includes acting for accused individuals and companies in respect of alleged health and safety and environmental offences and investigations, road traffic offences, high value fraud and money laundering offences and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (restraint, confiscation, cash seizure and civil recovery).
Prior to joining BTO in 2015 David developed considerable advocacy experience representing accused in Courts and Tribunals throughout Scotland. He has regularly acted for clients accused of serious and organised crime including murder, armed robbery and firearms offences. He has significant experience in the preparation of serious, complex and sensitive matters before the High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court.
David is also experienced in defending extradition requests to both Category 1 and 2 territories and notably successfully represented the ‘requested person’ in Slovak Republic v Merica.
In 2017 David acted directly for an interested party in the first joint Fatal Accident Inquiry in Scottish legal history under the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016 into deaths occurring at the Snowman and Jim Clark Rallies.
Clients describe David’s guidance and representation as “first class”.
David’s professional memberships include the Society of Solicitor Advocates, Health & Safety Lawyers Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers Association and the Scottish Medico-Legal Society.