David Whittaker QC

David Whittaker QC

“A calm and smooth operator in whom clients have complete confidence.”

Legal 500 2017
Year of call: 1986 QC: 2019
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Significant and complex fraud cases have always formed a substantial part of David’s practice. He has extensive experience of most forms of white-collar work and is often instructed to defend in SFO and FCA prosecutions.

He also has experience of ancillary proceedings, including asset forfeiture, restraint and confiscation and he regularly represents professional people and companies being investigated and accused of financial crime.


Operation Tabernula [2016]

Leading junior representing a well known London trader on a charge of insider dealing, having allegedly conspired with an employee of Deutsche Bank.

Operation Cotton [2015]

Leading junior representing defendant on a charge of conspiracy to defraud in respect of the largest land banking scheme brought by the FSA.

R v West & Others [2014]

Leading junior representing a company director charged by the SFO with fraud by misrepresentation, fraudulent trading, furnishing false information and 3 counts of bribery.

R v NG & Others [2014]

Leading junior representing the chief engineer in a telecommunications company charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Operation Kyrenia [2014]

Represented a clinical perfusionist charged with conspiracy to defraud the Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Foundation Trust by failing to deliver his contracted hours in order that he could maximise his income from private practice.

R v Murray & Others [2013-2014]

Leading junior representing a company director charged with conspiracy to defraud in respect of a multi-million pound MTIC fraud.

R v Yorkshire [2013]

Leading junior in a high yield investment fraud where three losers were seduced into parting with, respectively, $1 million, 10 million Euro and £11.9 million.

David is currently instructed to represent a trader in Operation Tabernula, the largest Insider Trading case brought by the FCA.

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