David Temkin

Call 2000


"Extraordinarily good”, “His client care skills are exceptional”, “Always refreshingly calm”

Chambers and Partners 2020
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Police Law

David has over 19 years of experience as a barrister. He specialises in crime, regulatory and professional disciplinary work. He has a particular interest in representing professionals, including police officers, in the various courts and tribunals. He has had an extraordinary success rate when representing police officers.

David is a dedicated advocate who prides himself on meticulous preparation and close attention to detail. He welcomes instructions to provide written advice on evidence and prospects.

David prosecutes and defends at the highest level. His experience and skills led to his appointment to a number of national panels, including, in 2012, the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates specialising in Environmental Law and Health & Safety Law. He is also on the Advocates’ Panel of the General Medical Council.

David’s attention to detail, his common sense approach with clients and his dedication to his cases have meant that he has a very busy practice. He fights cases with vigour and enthusiasm. He prides himself on his accessibility to his clients; out-of-office conferences, calls and emails are the norm to him. He is exceptionally bright while remaining grounded when dealing with issues. These key attributes coupled with his tenacity and determination to see each instruction through set him apart.

Police Law Cases

R v H – senior detective constable acquitted on all charges of computer misuse after trial; the Crown identified a total of 896 audit records that were relied upon to suggest that the detective had accessed the police computer system without authorization and for his own purposes between 2013 and 2015 (defending)

R v M – serving police officer facing seven counts of Misconduct in Public Office arising from allegations of sexual activity with female witnesses in domestic violence cases he was investigating (defending)

R v C – successful Abuse of Process argument ensuring the acquittal of a senior Detective Constable facing serious allegations of stalking (defending)

R v C – unanimous acquittal of serving Detective Constable charged with 11 offences under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Computer Misuse Act 1990 arising from her alleged abuse of police computer systems between 2010 and 2014 (defending)

R v F – multi-handed conspiracy: serving police officers supplying large volumes of illegal drugs to the criminal fraternity (defending)

R v C – unanimous acquittal of serving police officer charged with dangerous driving following serious multi-vehicle collision (defending)

R v G – serving police officer, distracted by a dog in her vehicle, charged with dangerous driving (defending)

R v G – serving police officer, suffering with mental health difficulties, charged with theft (defending)