David Smith

David Smith

A wealth of experience both prosecuting and
defending serious violence, sex, drugs and fraud




Leeds Beckett University
CIFE [Centre of International Federalism, Vorarlberg, Austria] The Inns of Court School of Law


Commander’s Commendation, Metropolitan Police, (awarded for prosecuting multiple defendant drugs cases involving undercover police officers)


CPS External Advocates Panel: Level 4
CPS Specialist Rape List


The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
The South Eastern Circuit
The Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyer Association

Overview of Practice

David Smith has been practicing at the bar continuously for almost 30 years and has a practice spanning the whole criminal calendar.  David both prosecutes and defends in equal measure and finds there to be a great advantage in practice to possessing both skill sets.

David has both prosecuted and defended in multiple defendant trials as leading and junior counsel in cases involving serious violence, drugs, fraud, child cruelty and sexual offending.

David is known for his work with vulnerable witnesses and defendants, children and the mentally ill.

Practice Areas

Crimes of Violence

  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder/GBH
  • Unlawful Wounding/Assault
  • Child Cruelty
  • Violent Disorder
  • Prison Mutiny


  • Firearms Offences

Sexual Offences, (Historic and Contemporary Offending):

  • Rape/Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Activity with Children
  • Child/Extreme Pornography: making and distribution
  • Review of Social Services Records
  • Breach of Restraining Orders/Sexual Harm Prevention Orders


  • Fraud – Advance Fee, Benefit Fraud, Employee/Employer
  • Money Laundering
  • Possessing Criminal Property


  • Importation
  • Supply


  • Causing Death by Dangerous Driving
  • Perverting the Course of Public Justice
  • Assisting Unlawful Immigration, Document Offences thereto
  • Blackmail
  • Kidnap/False Imprisonment
  • Confiscation arising from the above
  • Private, Domestic Violence Defence

Advising in all areas, including pre-charge advising for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Notable Cases

R v. Steven Port [Snaresbrook – 2016] Serial Killer, targeting gay men, drugging and killing them. Perverting the course of justice by disguising the death of his first victim by making a false report of discovering and moving the body and lying to the police in that investigation.

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R v. Igbindeon [Central Criminal Court – 2013] Defendant murdered his 7 year old nephew. Prosecution witnesses included the defendant’s own young children.

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R v. Manji [Central Criminal Court – 2016] Defendant killed his geriatric father whilst suffering from mental illness. The Defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was detained under the Mental Health Act with a restriction upon his release.

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R v. Diriye [Central Criminal Court – 2016] Attempted murder of a stranger by savage knife attack.

R v. Dempster and others [Blackfriars Crown Court – 2014] Prison Mutiny, disorder and occupation of HMP Highdown. Challenging Trojan and Firearms officers.

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R v. Cooper [Reading Crown Court – 2017] Defendant with Autism, ADHD, learning disability and visual impairment acting together with his vulnerable co-accused sexually abused and conspired to rape a 3 year old child. Each defendant required special measures: intermediaries.

R v. Gibbins [Chichester Crown Court – 2017] Defendant accessing and uploading child pornography via the ‘Dark Web’. Contested expert evidence.

R v. Deery [Inner London Crown Court – 2017] The Defendant targeted, groomed, photographed, blackmailed and raped a number of school girls from the same catholic girls’ school in South London.

R v. Osaigbovo [Southwark Crown Court – 2016] The defendant was involved in internet Fishing scams involving US based victims through Friend Finder and the laundering of the proceeds of the fraud through his own Money Transfer business.

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R v. Adil [Harrow Crown Court – 2017] Advanced fee fraud: foreign companies were defrauded by the defendant who had arranged substantial advanced fee for providing Sharia complaint lending vehicles to projects in the Republic of Ireland and the Cayman Islands.

R v. Clay, Millilngton and Meijboom, [Central Criminal Court – 2017] Importation of Class A Drugs for CPS Special Casework

R v. Roque-Hall [Isleworth – 2013] Importation of cocaine by quadriplegic with degenerative disease. Arguments re: right to life and imprisonment breaching human right.

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R v. Scott Parker [Isleworth – 2015] Importation of cocaine from South Africa in containers transporting pets into the UK.

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R v. Nur [Isleworth – 2017] Death by Dangerous Driving – Expert Evidence re: fatigue and sleep.

R v. Cetince and Ganidagli [Wood Green – 2017] Using a self-recorded ‘sex tape’ to blackmail a young victim and her family.