Year of Call: 1999
Areas of practice
- Criminal Trials
- Fatal Accident Inquiries
- Health and Safety
- Road Traffic Violations
- Sexual Offences
- Commercial Fishing
Following a varied career with the police force, the Procurator Fiscal Service and as a solicitor in private practice, David called to the Bar in 1999.
An extremely well instructed senior junior, David has an extensive practice particularly in the North East of Scotland. Regularly appearing in both the Sheriff and High Court, David is experienced in all areas of criminal law. David’s training as an accident investigator, which was gained while serving as a police officer, has proved invaluable in numerous prosecutions under the Road Traffic Act.
David’s professional yet affable approach makes him an extremely popular choice with solicitors and clients.
HMA v Riverside Construction – Health and Safety Prosecution and FAI relating to a building collapse on Union Street, Aberdeen
HMA v Edward Watt – giving rise to Lord Advocate’s ref No. 1 of 2001 (Clarification of Definition of Rape)
HMA v Hector Dick – charged with the murder of Arlene Fraser, charges dropped
HMA v AM – originally charges involving £3.3 million financial investment fraud which was substantially reduced after negotiation with the Crown
HMA v Brian McIntosh – the first Scottish case where it was successfully argued that the five year minimum sentence should not apply in a case involving firearms charges
HMA v Ian Buchan – prosecution relating to multi-million pound allegations of illegal landing of fish