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 both of these fields in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Professional feedback in those directories consistently describes him as an excellent jury advocate, persuasive, tenacious, tactical, hard-working and approachable. 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 David has particular expertise in defending cases of serious violence, major and international drug trafficking, sexual offences, and fraud. In regulatory law he frequently conducts hearings before the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Police Misconduct tribunals. In 2021-2022 he was junior Counsel for two significant individual Core Participants in the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

David is a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple and a member of its Advocacy Training Committee, regularly teaching advocacy to younger barristers. He is a former Secretary of the Criminal Bar Association and played a significant role in the development and delivery of the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme. In 2022 at only 14 years call he was made a Recorder of the Crown Court.

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