David Whittaker QC

David Whittaker QC

"His strengths are his incredible knowledge of law, analytical skills, client care and presentational skills in court. His all round performance is outstanding." "He's utterly charming, has a delightful manner with the jury and is forensically very strong."

Chambers UK 2020
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.


PD v NB & HB

Instructed as the private prosecutor in the prosecution of two defendants for fraud of £16.5 million. Obtained a restraint order ex parte against one of the defendants who lives overseas and successfully resisted an inter partes application to discharge that order.

R v Nickson

Represented a leading clinical negligence solicitor with fraud on two of his clients who had suffered life-changing injuries following treatment by the NHS.

Operation Dorothy

Represented a Swedish businessman charged with fraud of $4 million.

Operation Tabernula

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

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

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

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

Operation Kyrenia

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

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

R v Yorkshire

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.

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