Practising in all aspects of serious crime, David is a highly regarded expert specialising in multi-jurisdictional money laundering cases, fraud, corruption and asset recovery. Described as an advocate who "offers a guarantee of consistency in all his endeavours," he is recognised as a leading silk for criminal fraud by both Chambers & Partners (2008) and The Legal 500 (2007). Commentators praise "his ability to communicate effectively with a disparate range of jury members" and to "cut through the factual issues and get to the heart of a case in double-quick fashion."
In business crime, David's clients have included the Serious Fraud Office, the Treasury Solicitor, CPS (HQ), the US Department of Justice, domestic and international regulatory bodies and leading City firms. He is particularly sought out for his expertise on the interaction between civil and criminal proceedings in asset recovery cases - a complex topic on which David has authored a chapter in the Butterworths publication, "Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure."
David also has extensive experience in the prosecution and defence of serious crime. He is particularly noted for his work in a number of high-profile murder cases, including the murder of French student Celine Figard.
He also acts in disciplinary and regulatory matters. While the focus of David's work in this area draws on his business crime experience and involves appearing before bodies such as the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority, David also represents sports professionals.
David has been a deputy chairman of the Information Tribunal since 2005. He frequently speaks and writes on his areas of expertise.
Recent key cases
- AG of Jersey v Michel & Gallichan [2001-2007]: a multi-million pound money laundering by a trust and corporate services provider
- AP & U Ltd v Crown Prosecution Service & Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office  EWCA Crim 3128; the compatibility of s.41(4) of POCA 2002 with the ECHR
- R v Mark Green  EWCA Crim 1248; Times, June 15, 2007: confiscation proceedings in the Court of Appeal arising from major drug trafficking trial
- R v Ibrahim Musone  EWCA Crim 1237; (2007) 1 WLR 2467: power to exclude bad character evidence under Art 6 ECHR
- R v Welcher & Ors  EWCA Crim 480; (2007) Crim LR 804: admissibility of employment interviews in criminal proceedings for conspiracy to defraud and corrupt
- USA v Poyiadjis [2002-2006]: represented the United States Department of Justice in the largest ever repatriation of foreign funds ($200 million) to the United States
- R v Harper & Ors : "The Mars Confectionary corruption case" - concerned the bribing of a manager at Mars in order to obtain service contracts
- R v Palmer [1997-2002]: "The Goldfinger case" - representing the prosecution in a timeshare fraud at the Central Criminal Court and the subsequent confiscation proceedings
Contact David Farrer QC
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7242 3555
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7242 2511