David Wood



  • Solicitors who instruct him appreciate his tactical nous and sound advice.


  • He is able to make light of extremely paper heavy cases.

  • A very bright junior with outstanding commitment to his cases


  • A well-informed, knowledgable barrister, who understands the issue and considers the whole scenario



  • A very bright barrister who is very tactical, very quick thinking and very approachable


  • Unflappable and tenacious.

    Legal 500 2020

  • He shows great initiative and gets on with it.

    Legal 500 2020

  • David is feisty, tenacious and articulate. He will fight points persuasively and is an excellent jury advocate.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A rising star within his chambers.

    Chambers UK 2020

Called 2007

David Wood

"He excels more senior counsel in capability, and is pleasant and professional too" "Highly capable, tenacious, and at ease with clients and on his feet"

David specialises in criminal and regulatory law and is recognised as a leading individual in these fields in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in both Crime (General) and Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law.

David is the former Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association and member of the Advocacy Training Committee for the Inner Temple. He is a tenacious and hard-hitting advocate who has established a very strong track record, both as a led junior and acting alone, in matters of great weight and complexity. He combines a genuine flair for advocacy with a common-sense approach and a dedication to careful preparation, fostered by a year at Bindmans LLP before coming to the Bar.

David has a long-held commitment to the proper application of Human Rights law. He is a volunteer duty scheme advocate for the Asylum Support Appeals Project and has delivered training on the rule of law in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and to delegates in the UK from the African Prisons Project.

David can accept instructions on a Direct Public Access basis


  • The Law of Public Order and Protest, 2010, OUP (Research credit)

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Lawyers for Liberty
  • Release
  • Fraud Lawyers Association

Education, Scholarships and Awards

  • MA (Oxon) (Worcester College, Oxford)
  • Diploma in Law (BPP Manchester)
  • Bar Vocational Course (BPP London)
  • Winner, BPP London Mooting Competition 2007
  • Peta Fordham prize