David Burgess


David has 40 years’ experience defending cases of serious crime including homicide, kidnapping, firearms, drug and people trafficking, slavery, sexual offences, complex fraud and confiscation.

He also represents medical professionals in regulatory matters.

Notable cases

R -v- HA 2023

Defended an Advanced Orthopaedic Theatre Practitioner from St Albans City Hospital facing multiple counts of fraud, bribery and theft in relation to his activities in the procurement of implants and equipment The trial lasted 6 weeks. David was Leading Counsel and was instructed by JD Spicer

Press coverage can be found here

R v T, 2022

73 year old client acquitted of historic indecent assault on step-sister.

Maidstone Crown Court.

R v C, 2022

Importation of 2 tonnes of cocaine.

Plymouth Crown Court.

R v G & The General Dental Council, 2021

Controlling and coercive behaviour towards wife by Harley St dentist.

Southwark Crown Court.


R v M, 2021

Modern slavery, GBH with intent, kidnapping, false imprisonment and the supply of class A drugs.

Isleworth Crown Court.

R v R, 2021

Rape of niece.

St Albans Crown Court.

R v A, 2021

Sexual assault, threats to kill and controlling & coercive behaviour in relation to wife and child cruelty.

Kingston Crown Court.

R v K, 2021

Supplying assault rifles and ammunition.

Manchester Crown Court.

R v SS, 2021

Class A county line drugs supply.

Taunton Crown Court.

R v W, 2020

Represented BBC project manager caught watching child abuse on a Zoom call. The defendant claimed he joined the chatroom to find “like-minded gay men” and was “surprised” by the images of child abuse being streamed. He received a suspended sentence. Kingston Crown Court.


R v G and others, 2019

Represented one of four defendants charged with conspiracy to rob a jewellery salesman of £4.1m worth of “chocolate diamond” items. The robbery took place after the retailer, Ernest Jones, advertised his location online. Kingston Crown Court.


R v P and others, 2019

Defending in a conspiracy to rob with the use of a firearm and a knife where the victim was attacked in his own home in front of his wife and young children and sustained life-threatening injuries. Following a five week trial and an eight week retrial the defendant was acquitted of robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and causing GBH with intent. Maidstone Crown Court.

R v G, 2018

Defended a former professional footballer accused of money laundering. St. Albans Crown Court.

R v M, 2018

Defended an asylum seeker accused of attempted rape. Lincoln Crown Court.

R v A, 2018

Successfully defended one of two twin brothers accused of raping their nephew. Wolverhampton Crown Court

R v B and others, 2018

Defended in a conspiracy to steal from William Hill bookmakers by means of an inside man and a fake robbery where the prosecution case was heavily reliant upon telephone evidence. Three week trial in Kingston Crown Court.

R v D, 2018

Resisting the A-G’s referral of a sentence said to be unduly lenient for conspiracy to murder. Court of Appeal.

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PROFILE: David Burgess

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

Road Traffic

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Road traffic


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