Called to the Bar:1977

Silk:2006

  • A consummate and commanding advocate, David Jeremy QC has the full respect of the market and is recognised by those he works for and against as one of the top criminal silks. Ranked as a Leading Silk for Crime by Chambers UK, 2021.

    Crime

    David Jeremy has spent his career prosecuting and defending general crime. He has used the skills he has developed from one side to enhance the other, becoming the most complete of advocates. His instruction on opposing sides and his position sitting as a Recorder gives him a perspective and tactical advantage that can be used to transform a criminal trial.

    His ability to identify early the decisive issues in a case means that he knows which points to take and which to concede. He understands the importance of maintaining credibility in the eyes of the judge, winning the respect of his opponent, and thus how to obtain the best outcome for his client.

    As an advocate, David demonstrates both technical skill, and a capacity for hard work. He "speaks" to both judges and juries. He is a persuasive speech-maker and a destructive cross-examiner. David’s practice derives most frequently from referrals from other advocates with or against whom he has done criminal trials; he is an advocates' advocate.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2021: Crime – Band 2

    Legal 500 2021: Crime – Tier 3

    'A charming man but an absolutely brutal cross-examiner, he works hard and is an excellent advocate. A strong performer who stands up for his clients robustly. His closing speeches are always highly persuasive.' Chambers UK Crime (2021)

    'David has a wonderful style in front of a jury. He is eloquent and understated. His integrity really helps to set him apart from others and juries feel that they can trust him, which counts for a great deal indeed.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    ‘Polished, steely and commanding.’ ‘He is exactly what an old fashioned brief's brief should be; he has real talent.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He has a commanding courtroom presence.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘One of the best cross-examiners in the business.’ Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    ‘Very thorough and someone with a great eye for detail, he's also very good with clients.’ Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    ‘His ability to apply forensic skill and judgement to crimes of serious violence is excellent and he has an engaging manner with client, judge and jury.’ Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    ‘He is like a dog with a bone – when he has a point, he won’t let it go and will fight it through to the end.’ Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    ‘A popular choice for prosecuting and defending in serious crime cases.’ Legal 500 Crime (2015)

    Appointments

    • 2010: SFO Approved counsel panel
    • 2004: AG’s panel of approved counsel for PII
    • 1996: Recorder

    Education

    • Liege University Diploma in Law
    • Exeter University LLB

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    Recent Cases

    • Benjamin Field, the churchwarden jailed for life for murdering the author Peter Farquhar, in order to inherit his estate, appealed against his conviction.Mr Field, was accused of entering into a fake relationship with Mr Farquhar, in order to get him to c...

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    • Four people have been cleared of being involved in a plot to burgle the luxury homes of celebrities in west London.Items belonging to Frank Lampard, Tamara Ecclestone and the family of tycoon Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were among the items taken during thre...

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    •  David Jeremy QC and Paul Wakerley defended an 18 year old man charged with the murder of Yusuf Mohamed. The killing was captured on CCTV and there were a number of passers-by and friends of the victim who were witnesses for the prosecution.Counsel was in...

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    • David Jeremy QC successfully defended Christian Thomas in a double murder case. Mr Thomas was accused of murdering two men in Camden following a night of violence. David was instructed by Aaron Soni of Waterfords.Julian Evans prosecuted on behalf of the C...

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    • David Jeremy QC prosecuted a woman and a man for murder. Ms Campling was accused of murdering her neighbour and was convicted after trial.Counsel prosecuted on behalf of the CPS.The case was widely reported in the

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    • Benjamin Field, a church warden, is accused of murdering a university lecturer and attempting to kill a retired headmistress in order to benefit from their wills.Mr Field is accused of plotting the deaths with the assistance of a magician, Martyn Smith.Mr...

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    • David Jeremy QC prosecutes a woman, 47, who claimed she had lost her home and husband in the Grenfell Tower fire.

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    • Cut-throat defence with co-defendant. Client acquitted of murder.

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    • David Jeremy QC is leading for the defendant, a paranoid schizophrenic that murdered and sexually mutilated his victim.

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    • David Jeremy QC led Rhys Meggy in the defence of a man accused of the nine-hour rape.

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    • David Jeremy QC defended a man accused of murdering his wife and disposing of her body.

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    • David Jeremy QC, led Paul Wakerley successfully defending a woman that had allegedly stabbed her husband to death in his sleep.

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    • David Jeremy QC prosecuted Mr Roberts for the murder of Mr O’Mohony. 

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    • David Jeremy represented the defendant on a joint enterprise murder case. The defendant was involved in a dispute between two brothers and friends .

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    • Fallon Alexis, led by David Jeremy QC, successfully defended NC at the Central Criminal Court for conspiracy to murder and preparation of acts of terrorism.

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    • Prosecution of corruption at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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  • One of the giants of the Criminal Bar, David Jeremy QC never fails to impress; his performance in court is a masterclass in advocacy.

    Overview 

    David Jeremy has spent his career prosecuting and defending general crime. He has used the skills he has developed from one side to enhance the other, becoming the most complete of advocates. His instruction on opposing sides and his position sitting as a Recorder gives him a perspective and tactical advantage that can be used to transform a criminal trial.

    His ability to identify early the decisive issues in a case means that he knows which points to take and which to concede. He understands the importance of maintaining credibility in the eyes of the judge, winning the respect of his opponent, and thus how to obtain the best outcome for his client.

    As an advocate, David demonstrates both technical skill, and a capacity for hard work. He "speaks" to both judges and juries. He is a persuasive speech-maker and a destructive cross-examiner. David’s practice derives most frequently from referrals from other advocates with or against whom he has done criminal trials; he is an advocates' advocate. 

    Experience 

    A heavy-weight in general crime, David is the go-to Silk for serious offences.

    His practice has been centred on serious drug offences, armed robbery, terrorism, murder and serious and historical sexual offences.

    David has extensive experience in PII, covert surveillance and disclosure generally. He has particular expertise of dealing with cases involving supergrass informants and of difficult scientific evidential issues including those arising from DNA.

    His experience and expertise is demanded where complications of law exist or intricate expert evidence is needed; David is regularly instructed in cases involving novel issues of law and evidence.

    In silk, his practice has expanded into fraud/corruption work (prosecuting in R v R and S – corruption case at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development); judicial review (representing the Home Office in BSG v SFO & SSHD); and predominantly privately funded criminal defence work. He is also instructed by many regulators for specialist criminal advice (such as disclosure).

    Known for his advocacy he is regularly called upon to take a case over at sentence or appeal to produce the most desirable result for the client.

    Notable Cases

    R v Selvarajan & Others (2017)
    Acting for the defence in a two month trial involving a cut-throat defence with the co-defendant. Client acquitted of murder.

    R v Lim (2016)
    Woman acquitted of all offences in murder allegation involving stabbing her husband to death. 

    R v Cripps (2016)
    Representing the defence in a joint-enterprise murder. The defendant was involved in a dispute between two brothers and friends, which resulted in the victim being stabbed to death. Client acquitted of murder. 

    R v Cuffy (2016)
    Defending a man charged with terrorism offences. The defendant was acquitted of being an armourer for a terrorist assassination plot.

    R v Drake (2014)
    David Jeremy QC prosecuted the defendant, 16, after he had stabbed the victim, 17, seven times, causing him to die. 

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2021: Crime – Band 2

    Legal 500 2021: Crime – Tier 3

    'A charming man but an absolutely brutal cross-examiner, he works hard and is an excellent advocate. A strong performer who stands up for his clients robustly. His closing speeches are always highly persuasive.' Chambers UK Crime (2021)

    'David has a wonderful style in front of a jury. He is eloquent and understated. His integrity really helps to set him apart from others and juries feel that they can trust him, which counts for a great deal indeed.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    ‘Polished, steely and commanding.’ ‘He is exactly what an old fashioned brief's brief should be; he has real talent.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He has a commanding courtroom presence.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020) 

    ‘One of the best cross-examiners in the business.’ Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    ‘His ability to apply forensic skill and judgement to crimes of serious violence is excellent and he has an engaging manner with client, judge and jury.’ Chambers UK (2018)

    ‘Very thorough and someone with a great eye for detail, he's also very good with clients.’ Chambers UK (2018)

    ‘He is like a dog with a bone – when he has a point, he won’t let it go and will fight it through to the end.’ Legal 500 (2017)

    ‘A forensic cross-examiner.’ Legal 500 (2016)

    ‘A popular choice for prosecuting and defending in serious crime cases.’ Legal 500 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    • Benjamin Field, the churchwarden jailed for life for murdering the author Peter Farquhar, in order to inherit his estate, appealed against his conviction.Mr Field, was accused of entering into a fake relationship with Mr Farquhar, in order to get him to c...

    • Four people have been cleared of being involved in a plot to burgle the luxury homes of celebrities in west London.Items belonging to Frank Lampard, Tamara Ecclestone and the family of tycoon Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were among the items taken during thre...

    •  David Jeremy QC and Paul Wakerley defended an 18 year old man charged with the murder of Yusuf Mohamed. The killing was captured on CCTV and there were a number of passers-by and friends of the victim who were witnesses for the prosecution.Counsel was in...

    • David Jeremy QC successfully defended Christian Thomas in a double murder case. Mr Thomas was accused of murdering two men in Camden following a night of violence. David was instructed by Aaron Soni of Waterfords.Julian Evans prosecuted on behalf of the C...

    • David Jeremy QC prosecuted a woman and a man for murder. Ms Campling was accused of murdering her neighbour and was convicted after trial.Counsel prosecuted on behalf of the CPS.The case was widely reported in the

    • Benjamin Field, a church warden, is accused of murdering a university lecturer and attempting to kill a retired headmistress in order to benefit from their wills.Mr Field is accused of plotting the deaths with the assistance of a magician, Martyn Smith.Mr...

    • David Jeremy QC prosecutes a woman, 47, who claimed she had lost her home and husband in the Grenfell Tower fire.

    • Cut-throat defence with co-defendant. Client acquitted of murder.

    • David Jeremy QC is leading for the defendant, a paranoid schizophrenic that murdered and sexually mutilated his victim.

    • David Jeremy QC led Rhys Meggy in the defence of a man accused of the nine-hour rape.

    • David Jeremy QC defended a man accused of murdering his wife and disposing of her body.

    • David Jeremy QC, led Paul Wakerley successfully defending a woman that had allegedly stabbed her husband to death in his sleep.

    • David Jeremy QC prosecuted Mr Roberts for the murder of Mr O’Mohony. 

    • David Jeremy represented the defendant on a joint enterprise murder case. The defendant was involved in a dispute between two brothers and friends .

    • Fallon Alexis, led by David Jeremy QC, successfully defended NC at the Central Criminal Court for conspiracy to murder and preparation of acts of terrorism.

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