David Swinnerton

Deputy Head of Chambers

Called 1995


Member of Criminal Bar Association

Public Access Accredited



David grew up in the West Midlands, completed his pupillage with Chambers in 1996 and has practised on the Midland circuit ever since. He is Deputy Head of Chambers, Head of the Recruitment Committee and is a member of the Chambers Management Committee. He is appointed as a Recorder and sits in crime on the Northern Circuit.


  • General Crime

David has substantial experience in the criminal courts. He defends and prosecutes, regarding the mix as advantageous to whoever is instructing. His practice incorporates the broad range of crime, including serious sexual offences, serious offences of violence, group and football violence, drug related offences and fraud. David is also experienced in ancillary matters, such as Proceeds of Crime Act applications.

David prides himself on thorough preparation, the sensitive handling of clients and expert cross-examination of witnesses. David is highly experienced in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and the use of intermediaries.

Recent cases include:

Rape and Serious Sexual Offences

  • R v W. Successful defence of man charged with 2 separate rapes, both allegedly committed with the same friend.
  • R v D. Successful defence of man charged with rape. Had had previous sexual relationship with complainant. Prosecution offered no further evidence following cross-examination of complainant.
  • R v B. Successful defence of man charged with rape of family friend some years previously.
  • R v H. Successful defence of man charged with rape. Defendant had some learning difficulties.


  • R v N. Defence junior. Victim died as complication of epilepsy caused by head injury sustained over a year earlier. Defendant acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter.
  • R v P. Defence junior. Terminally ill man ran over and killed wife’s lover. Prosecution ultimately accepted plea to manslaughter on basis of diminished responsibility.

Other Serious Offences of Violence

  • R v A, S and A. Successful prosecution of defendants tying up, torturing and robbing man in his own flat.
  • Numerous s18 and s20 cases, both prosecuting and defending.


  • Numerous cases, defending and prosecuting including conspiracies and test purchase operations.
  • Cases include prosecuting R v T at first instance (well known now for Court of Appeal judgement on hearsay).