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David Gordon

Year of call:
Pembroke College, University of Oxford, MA PPE
City University, London, PG Dip Law
Pupil at Westminster Bank Chambers, Leeds
Tenant at Westminster Bank Chambers (later 25 Park Square & Sovereign Chambers)
Assistant Recorder on the North Eastern Circuit
Recorder on the North Eastern Circuit
Deputy Head of Sovereign Chambers
Head of Sovereign Chambers
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Level 4 CPS Prosecutor
Serious Sex Offences CPS Prosecutor
North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association

Ranked in Tier 1 for Crime – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Adept at handling prosecution and defence work across a range of criminal cases.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

“A fearless and very persuasive advocate.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

“Experienced in sexual offences cases, fraud and conspiracy to supply trials, among other areas.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

David Gordon practised in crime and general common law for 10 years before specialising in heavyweight crime in Crown Courts throughout the North Eastern Circuit.

He prosecutes or defends in cases of murder and attempted murder, serious drugs offences, rape and other sexual offences (including against children and historic offences), violence and public disorder, and fraud of all types.

David is highly regarded for the standard of his preparation, his client care, and polished courtroom performance, whether prosecuting or defending.

‘Prosecutes and defends, and his workload includes cases involving fraud, murder, and other violent offences.’ – The Legal 500 (2015)

David Gordon is ‘recommended for his heavyweight criminal practice’ — Legal 500.

He has sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court since 1998 and was Head of Chambers at Sovereign Chambers from 2007 to 2012.

Notable cases

  • R v Dockerty – successful prosecution of a high-school maths teacher in relation to rape and other sexual offences
  • R v Gormally – successful prosecution of a man for motiveless attempted murder of stranger while he slept
  • R v Khrbish – successful prosecution of man for attempted murder of baby by strangulation and choking
  • R v Khan and others – leading junior in successful prosecution of a group of men for conspiracy to commit arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered (an attempted insurance fraud)
  • R v Gresham – successful defence of a young man with severe mental impairment due to head injury charged with supply of Class-A drugs
  • R v Davey and others – leading junior in successful prosecution of a group of men in relation to conspiracy to supply class-A drugs
  • R v Fitzpatrick – leading junior in successful prosecution of woman for murder of her violent former boyfriend
  • R v Strickland and Capuvanno – successful prosecution for mortgage fraud
  • R v Nawaz Nawaz and Nawaz – successful prosecution for attempted murder of neighbour in ‘honour attack’
  • R v Roger Limb – successful prosecution for internet-date serious sexual offences (featured on Crimewatch)
  • R v Hamzavi – successful defence of Iranian refugee on charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Contact David’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

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