David Wood
  • A real rising star who can turn his hand to anything.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • David is an extremely hard-working and conscientious advocate. 

    Legal 500 2022, Crime

  • A very polished and precise advocate. He’s not just a safe pair of hands, he has laser focus and gets brilliant results.

    Legal 500 2022, Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law

  • His attention to detail is excellent. He has a tactical approach and he is able to consider and appreciate the wider issues of a case.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime

  • An excellent advocate who fights points in a persuasive and tenacious fashion.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He is tenacious and compassionate in equal measure.

    Legal 500 2021, Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law

  • He is a rare combination of an excellent lawyer and a persuasive and attractive advocate, who also demonstrates excellent client care and is able to get along with everyone whilst always maintaining independence of position and mind. Clients appreciate his patient and considered approach.

    Legal 500 2021, Crime

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

    Legal 500 2020

  • 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

  • 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.

  • He is tenacious and compassionate in equal measure.

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, and has played a significant role in the development and delivery of the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme. 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. In criminal law he has particular expertise in defending cases of serious violence, major and international drug trafficking, and fraud. In regulatory law he frequently conducts hearings before the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, and Nursing and Midwifery Council. He is presently instructed as junior Counsel on behalf of two Core Participants, both senior Police Officers, in the ongoing Manchester Arena Inquiry.

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.


  • Recorder, Northern Circuit (2022)


  • 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 (ARDL)
  • 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