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Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
3
Financial Crime
9 Years Ranked
5
Crime
20 Years Ranked

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Provided by David Whittaker KC

UK Bar

Practice Areas

David Whittaker KC has considerable experience in most forms of serious crime. He frequently acts in complex, often high profile cases. He is regularly instructed to defend in complex fraud cases brought by the SFO and FCA; receives private instructions in general crime; and is increasingly instructed on behalf of corporate bodies and their officers in Health & Safety investigations. David represents companies and professionals accused of financial crime and has experience of ancillary proceedings, including asset forfeiture, restraint and confiscation.

Recent cases of fraud include Operation Tabernula (representing a trader charged with insider dealing) and Operation Cotton (representing defendant in the largest land banking scheme). In general crime he recently secured acquittals for two professionals charged separately with coercive and controlling behaviour in a marriage. In R v H he successfully represented a lead defendant in a large cocaine conspiracy. He also defends in serious motoring cases and death by driving.

In Health & Safety matters during 2017 he secured the acquittal of a building company charged over the death of a sub-contractor and has represented other companies following guilty pleas. He also acts for care home providers charged under the 2014 Health and Social Care Act Regulations.

His case preparation is meticulous, and he excels at client care.

Career

Appointed King's Counsel 2019

Called 1986

Professional Memberships

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Criminal Bar Association

Fraud Lawyers Association

Health & Safety Lawyers Association

2002-present: Recorder

Chambers Review

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Financial Crime - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

David Whittaker KC
David Whittaker KC frequently appears as leading counsel in financial crime cases as part of his well-rounded and broad criminal defence practice. He attracts market attention for his highly fluent and convincing advocacy in court and his calm demeanour. Whittaker has acted for the defence on a number of major FCA insider trading prosecutions.


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Band 5

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