David is a commercial litigation associate, specialising in contentious regulatory matters, corporate and white collar crime.
David has extensive experience of FSA/FCA enforcement investigations. These cover a wide range of areas, including LIBOR manipulation, market abuse, mortgage mis-selling, and systems and controls failures. Recent clients include Peter Cummings, the former CEO of HBOS Corporate.
He has also advised clients in respect of corporate and white collar criminal matters, including bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and infringements of UK and EU competition law.
David has authored a number of articles on diverse regulatory subjects, most notably the Bribery Act 2010. Please see the publications section for more details.
David has advised corporates and Approved Persons in respect of FSA/FCA enforcement investigations. His recent experience includes representing Peter Cummings, the former CEO of HBOS Corporate, in connection with an FSA investigation into his conduct at the Bank- which was the largest investigation of a Significant Influence Function holder (SIF) which the FSA had ever mounted; successfully defending a national mortgage intermediary against an FSA investigation into alleged mis-selling and advising a senior trader in respect of an FCA investigation into alleged LIBOR manipulation.
Bribery and corruption
David has considerable experience advising clients on the application of the Bribery Act 2010 and related anti-corruption guidance issued by the SFO and the FSA/FCA. His recent work includes an investigation into kickbacks received by an individual in exchange for lucrative IT contracts. David has also drafted anti-bribery policies and procedures for a UK oil & gas company operating in Western Africa; and an international precious metals company with operations in South East Asia.
David has authored numerous published articles on the Bribery Act 2010 and its implications for individuals and businesses, including a recent piece for Governance & Compliance.
Corporate and white collar crime
David has advised corporates and individuals in both contentious and non-contentious contexts. His recent work includes: representing a Money Laundering Reporting Officer in connection with a police investigation into alleged money laundering offences; advising a corporate client on anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing systems and controls; advising individuals in respect of a seizure of goods by the UK Border Agency and a subsequent investigation by HM Revenue & Customs; and representing a healthcare professional in respect of a challenge to the proposed forfeiture by HM Revenue & Customs of cash seized by police.
Health & safety/environmental protection
David has advised on a number of investigations by the Environmental Agency and the Environmental Health Teams for various local councils. His recent experience includes representing a corporate client in respect of an Environmental Agency prosecution for allowing contaminants into the local waterways following the failure of a water treatment plant and advising a hotel manager and a head chef in connection with separate investigations by two Environmental Health Teams into alleged food poisoning incidents.