One of the hardest working and most committed silks at the Bar

Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners describes David as a “phenomenally impressive” silk who is “consistently viewed by peers as one of the hardest working and most committed silks at the Bar. Possessed of a very diverse practice, Perry not only handles complex domestic cases but also advises overseas governments and is a top extradition expert.”


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Legal 500 describes David as “in the very highest rank” in this field. Chambers and Partners categorises him as a “star individual” for criminal work, for whom “no challenge is too daunting”. He has appeared in most of the important criminal appeals of recent years and is regularly instructed to appear in the Supreme Court, Privy Court and Court of Appeal. As Treasury Counsel, he acted in a wide range of high profile criminal trials.

David also appears in the criminal courts of Hong Kong, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland. He frequently acts on behalf of the United Kingdom government in cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Corporate Crime

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David is identified as a “star individual” in this field by Chambers and Partners, which adds that he is “a phenomenal advocate, who really is superb”. Before his appointment as Treasury Counsel, he frequently appeared as defence counsel in serious fraud cases such as Blue Arrow, Barlow Clowes, Brent Walker and Polly Peck International.

Proceeds of Crime

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Chambers and Partners describes David as an “absolutely formidable man” who is amongst the leading barristers of his generation in this area. It notes that he has appeared in the majority of the cases in this areas that have reached the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.


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David has acted on behalf of many overseas governments and appeared in the High Court, House of Lords and Supreme Court in the leading cases in this field. He acts as an expert consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat on international co-operation matters and has advised overseas governments on the drafting and implementation of their domestic legislation.

Together with Lord Justice Scott Baker and Anand Doobay, David was appointed to conduct the Home Office’s Independent Review of the UK’s extradition arrangements.

Public Law

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He frequently appears in proceedings by way of judicial review on behalf of claimants and defendants.

David appeared in the inquests into the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Mark Saunders. He has also appeared in shipping inquiries and advised the Government in relation to public inquiries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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•    Queen’s Counsel 2006
•    Deputy High Court Judge 2003
•    Senior Treasury Counsel 2001
•    Junior Treasury Counsel 1997
•    Standing Counsel to the DTI 1991

Other Information

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•    General Editor Blackstone’s Criminal Practice
•    Criminal Law Review, Editorial Board Member
•    University College London Centre for Criminal Law, Board Member

David frequently lectures at legal conferences and seminars on criminal and public law.

Notable cases

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The Environment Agency v Paul Barrass and Others

A case concerning the definition of the River Thames.  The High Court handed down judgment on 21 March 2017. In particular, the Court considered whether certain private marinas formed part of the...

Serious Fraud Office v King

At the request of the South African authorities, the Serious Fraud Office, on an ex parte without notice application, obtained a restraint order against the defendant which purported to freeze his...

Serious Fraud Office v BAE

Members of chambers acted on both side of this lengthy SFO investigation into BAE’s global business affairs, including the public law challenge to the Director’s decision to enter into a plea...

Attorney General’s Reference (No 2 of 2001)

Right to a trial within a reasonable time.

R v Abu Hamza

The trial of the well-known radical preacher for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred and the subsequent appeal (a leading authority on abuse of process).

HH and PH v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic, Genoa; and F-K v Polish Judicial Authority

The leading authority on the application of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in extradition proceedings.

R v Looseley

A landmark decision of the House of Lords concerning the compatibility of the  domestic law on entrapment with Article 6 ECHR.

R v Z

The use of previous acquittals as similar fact evidence.

R v Waya

One of the most significant cases to be heard in the Supreme Court in recent years, concerning the confiscation provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The case considered the issue of what...

R v May, Jennings and Green

A leading House of Lords case on confiscation.

Re A (Conjoined Twins)

The case of the ‘conjoined twins’ concerning necessity as a defence to a charge of murder.

Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 2003)

Concerning the elements of the common law offence of misconduct in a public office.

Attorney-General of the Cayman Islands v Randall

A case in which Lord Bingham set out the duties of prosecution counsel.

R v Mirza, Connor and Rollock

Addressing the admissibility of evidence from jurors as to alleged misconduct during deliberations.

Sheldrake v DPP

A leading authority on reverse onus provisions.

Attorney General v Associated Newspapers

Contempt of Court case arising out of trial of Milly Dowler’s killer

Revell-Reade v SFO

A judicial review challenge to search warrants obtained by the SFO in a ‘boiler room fraud’

In Re Guardian News and Media and Others / R (Marine A) v Judge Advocate General

Challenge by news media organisations to the rulings as to the anonymity of “Marine A” and the trial judge’s ruling not to release headcam footage and certain photographs to the press.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region v Hui, Kwok & others (Court of First Instance, Hong Kong)

David Perry QC and Louis Mably acted for the HKSAR in the prosecution of the former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong over allegations of bribery and corruption.

Vinter and others v United Kingdom (66069/09, 130/10, 3896)

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the United Kingdom in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the compatibility of the English scheme for sentencing in cases of...

Al-Khawaja and Tahery v United Kingdom

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the United Kingdom in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The case was heard following the refusal of the Supreme Court in England to...

‘Cash for Honours’

Louis Mably was asked to give independent legal advice in relation to the ‘Cash for Honours’ affair, a widely publicised investigation concerning allegations that peerages had been offered for...

Norris v Government of the United States of America

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the Government of the United States in the Supreme Court in the leading case on the application of Articles 3 and 8 of the Convention in extradition...

Norris v Government of the United States of America

David Perry QC and Louis Mably represented the Government of the United States in the House of Lords in the leading case on cartels and competition law, and the requirement of double criminality in...

R v Z/Hasan

The leading case on duress and confessions.

Inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes

Members of Chambers represented Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and other senior police officers at the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was killed by firearms officers at...

R v Z

Appeal to the House of Lords on the question of whether the Real IRA is a proscribed organisation for the purposes of the Terrorism Act 2000.

R (Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police) v Salford Magistrates’ Court and Hookway

A case involving the interpretation of Part IV of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the power of the police to detain a suspect pre-charge. The appeal to the Supreme Court was withdrawn...

R v Davis

The decision of the House of Lords on anonymous witnesses which led to the passing of the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008.

Al Khawaja and Tahery v United Kingdom

The leading case concerning the compatibility with the ECHR with the use of hearsay evidence.

Taxquet v Belgium

A case concerning compatibility of the European Convention on Human Rights with trial by jury.

R v Waya

The most important case on confiscation in the last decade.

R v Varma

A Supreme Court case which decided that a conditional discharge may be coupled with a confiscation order.

Re Peacock

A Supreme Court case which decided that a confiscation order may be increased with reference to assets subsequently and legitimately acquired.

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22 February

Chief Executive of Hong Kong corruption trial

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17 February

Top 10 set for Supreme Court appearances in 2016

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18 January

Rolls-Royce plc Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Today the third, and largest, Deferred Prosecution Agreement was approved by the  President of the Queen's Bench Division. The agreement was reached between the Serious Fraud Office and Rolls-Royce...

2 December

Supreme Court considers diminished responsibility

On 30 November 2016, a seven-member tribunal of the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R v Golds. The case concerned the meaning of the word 'substantial' for the purposes of the partial defence...

13 October

Application to terminate SFO investigation

The High Court (Gross LJ and Andrews J) yesterday handed down judgment in R (ota Soma Oil & Gas) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. The case concerned an application for a mandatory order...

30 July

Feng Shui master convicted of forgery in Hong Kong

A court in Hong Kong has sentenced Peter Chan (formerly known as Tony Chan) to 12 years in jail for forging the will of billionaire tycoon Nina Wang. After Ms Wang died in 2007 the defendant claimed...

8 May

BAE Systems

BAE Systems In the recent prosecution of BAE Systems Plc, Victor Temple QC, Timothy Cray and Louis Mably represented the Crown and David Perry QC and Miranda Hill acted on behalf of the company.

8 May

Chambers Winter Lecture 2010

Chambers Winter Lecture 2010 Chambers will be holding its forthcoming coming Winter Lecture at The Reform Club on Thursday 21st January, 6.00pm-8.00pm. The Lecture will be hosted by Head of...

8 May

Court stays Ann Summers private prosecution

Court stays Ann Summers private prosecution An attempt to prosecute privately the well known adult retail store Ann Summers by a competitor was stayed as an abuse of the Court's process at City of...

8 May

Inquest into death of Barrister Mark Saunders

Inquest into death of Barrister Mark Saunders David Perry Q.C. and Nicholas Hilliard Q.C. were both instructed in the inquest into the death of Mark Saunders on behalf of the Metropolitan Police...

8 May

New Head of Chambers

New Head of Chambers Chambers are pleased to announce the appointment of David Fisher QC and David Perry QC as joint Head of Chambers. This comes into effect on the retirement of Roy Amlot Q.C....