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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Criminal Regulatory

David is an influential member of the 2 Hare Court Criminal Regulatory Team and regularly represents corporate bodies, their officers and other individuals before the criminal courts in relation to the full range of criminal offences arising out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. He is instructed to represent interested persons in relation to inquests associated with these cases.  He has also appeared before the EAT in relation to appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

In addition, he represents companies and individuals in cases involving food safety and prosecutions brought by the CQC.

David delivers training in relation to criminal regulatory matters to solicitors and other members of the profession. He has for many years been acknowledged as a leading advocate and is consistently ranked in in the legal directories. He has been described as “extremely hard-working, meticulous, and someone who has both good judgment and great presence in court”.

Recent Cases:

Health & Safety

HSE v RW Hill Ltd

Defence of RWH charged in connection with fatality during concrete works at Felixstowe docks.

Total Contractors v Inspector of H&S

Represented appellant company in an application before the EAT for an extension of time to serve an appeal against prohibition notices served by the HSE following a death at work.

HSE v Builder’s Beams Ltd

Represented defendant company following a work at height accident causing serious injury to the victim

HSE v Jones Building Contractors

Represented a building company cleared of charges under Health & Safety Legislation following a “Work at Height” death of a sub-contractor roofer at Eastwell Manor Hotel in Kent.

HSE v S&K Groundwork Solutions Ltd

Defence of S&K charged in connection with the serious injury of an employee who was crushed by a dumper truck.

HSE v Encirc Ltd

Defence of E charged in connection with a serious injury caused to an employee when hit by a forklift truck at its bottle-producing plant.

HSE v Matthew Lea

Defence of ML charged with injury to passer-by whilst clearing shrubbery on a building site using a flailing device.

HSE v WE Roberts Ltd

Represented defendant company charged with various H&S offences (electrical and PUWER) following HSE inspection of its cardboard manufacturing plant.

HSE v Delivered (UK)

Representing defendant (delivery) company charged with offences under sections 2 and 3 HSWA following an injury to one of its contract workers.

HSE v DHL Express (UK) Ltd

Represented defendant company after an employee suffered life-changing injuries when coupling his tractor unit to a trailer on uneven ground close-by to one of the company depots.

HSE v John Doyle Construction

Represented JD, a subcontractor working on the construction of a seven-storey hotel in London, after a primary beam was dropped which struck an operative, causing him extensive injuries.

Food Safety

Thurrock Council v Williams Butchers Ltd

Representing defendant company, and director, charged in relation to food safety.

LB Tower Hamlets v Taylor St Baristas Ltd

Represented defendant company and directors charged in relation to safety at its food production site.

Westminster Council v BHFS

Successful submissions made to Council resulting in defendant company receiving a caution for mice infestation at one of its London nurseries.


CQC v Coverage Care Services Ltd

Defence of company following fatality in one of its care homes. Only the second prosecution brought by the CQC.


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