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David Hewitt

Year of call: 2016

David accepts instructions in criminal, family (children), public and regulatory and police law. David is noted for his pragmatism, attention to detail and for being able to build a strong rapport with both professional and lay clients. David’s broad experience and mixed practice makes him particularly well-suited to cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues.

Prior to the bar David spent 12-years working in local government across a number of positions of responsibility.

David prosecutes and defends cases in the Crown Court including serious offences of violence, drug offences, sexual offences, and financial crime. In addition to prosecuting and defending his own cases, David has been a led-Junior in complex multi-handed prosecutions involving voluminous evidence (Operation Arrow) and legally and medically complex defence work (Operation Plumview).

Given David’s broad range of experience and mixed practice, David is particularly adept at dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues e.g. criminal cases with an immigration and/or family law element.

David appears in both public and private law family proceedings in both the County Court and frequently in the High Court. David has previous experience of immigration law, and is therefore particularly adept at dealing with cases with an international element. David regularly appears on behalf of local authorities in complex care proceedings and/or where there are potential issues of deprivation of liberty.

Given David’s broad experience and mixed practice, David is particularly adept and dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues e.g. family proceedings with concurrent immigration or criminal proceedings.

David regularly acts for and against the police, dealing with a range of civil applications. David also frequently provides pre-application or other advice to the police. David also appears in Police Misconduct proceedings.

Given David’s broad experience and mixed practice, David is particularly adept and dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues e.g. issues of disclosure between criminal and family proceedings or cases.

David has substantial public law and regulatory experience from his time in Local Government – including experience of Judicial Review proceedings. David has substantial experience of the legal issues associated with the devolution of power and funding to local government, Combined Authorities and/or directly elected mayors. David also appears in assists with inquest proceedings.

  • Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor

  • BPP University - BPTC / LLM Professional Legal Practice (Distinction).
  • Nottingham Law School – Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction).
  • University of Sheffield - Post-graduate certificate in Leadership and Management (Distinction).
  • Newcastle University - BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (First Class).

Professional Memberships
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association

  • Recipient of the Ann Goddard Scholarship 2018 (Gray’s Inn).
  • Recipient of the Steen Award 2015 (Gray’s Inn).

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