David Brooke QC

David Brooke QC

Head of Chambers

Called to the Bar 1990
QC 2017

Education
  • BA Hons (Dunelm)

 

Professional Membership
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit

 

Recommendations

Leading Silk Legal 500 (2018) and (2019)

‘Meticulous in his preparation of cases and has a very calm and authoritative manner.’  Chambers & Partners (2019)

‘He is a really good operator who is very understated. He is really bright, he takes the factual points and he has judges eating out of his hand.’  Chambers & Partners (2018)

‘A very experienced criminal practitioner.’ Legal 500 (2017)

‘He is a brilliant prosecutor.’ ‘He is a very safe pair of hands for sexual cases especially.’ Chambers and Partners (2016)

‘He is held in the highest regard for his ability and his integrity. He has a nice, understated way about him.’ Chambers (2015)

‘Very good at explaining complex issues in ways a jury can understand.’ Legal 500 (2015)

‘He is brilliant; forensic and thorough and extremely easy to work with.’ Chambers (2014)

‘Strong at prosecuting and defending all types of serious crime’ Legal 500 (2014)

‘A calm and soothing style’ Legal 500 (2013)

 

Practice Area: Criminal Law

Practice Summary

David Brooke QC is a Criminal Specialist for both the prosecution and defence and has a heavyweight practice across the region.  He has been described in the legal directories as a “long-standing practitioner in criminal law with impressive experience of handling cases relating to homicide, serious organised crime and sexual crime.  He is especially well known for his ability to deal with complex multi-handed trials.”  Although much of his current work relates to homicide, he is also a specialist advocate in regulatory crime including Health and Safety and Environmental Law especially fatal industrial accidents.

Homicide

These have involved complex issues of provocation, diminished responsibility, self-defence and secondary party joint enterprise.   Amongst recent cases was the successful prosecution of a multi-handed street murder  (R v M and others), a multi-handed drive-by shooting (R v C and others) and the murder of a blind woman and attempted murder of the accused’s parents (R v S).  His recent defence work includes the alleged targeted killing of a drug dealer (R v H), and acting in a cut-throat defence where the accused had an IQ of 63 thus requiring special handling and the sue of an intermediary (R v W).  Forthcoming homicide trials cover a range of situations such as an alleged stabbing by a juvenile, ‘baby-shaking’ and domestic violence.

Serious Organised Crime

Other serious cases of professional crime, such as large-scale drug importation, have led him to work closely with the police in relation to organised crime.  He has been frequently instructed by the Complex Case Unit in Leeds and secured successful convictions of criminal gangs nation-wide as well in the Northern regions.  In a number of cases this has included individuals who have been extradited from abroad where the scope of the investigation has been international.  He is currently instructed in a case concerning a “County Line” drug supply and the alleged exploitation of children.

Regulatory

As junior counsel, from the mid 2000s, he was appointed to List A of the Regulatory List of Specialist Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and has conducted a number of serious cases in this field including in a multi-handed case described as “one of the largest prosecutions in the North East undertaken by the Environment Agency”.   He also acts on behalf of the HSE in a number of legally and factually complex fatalities in the workplace.