David McNeill


David prosecutes and defends serious crime. He has wide experience prosecuting and defending complex, multi-handed cases, both alone and led. Recent cases have included prosecuting money launderers responsible for defrauding elderly victims and remitting the proceeds to ISIS in Syria, prosecuting the most serious VAT and duty evasion cases for HMRC, defending against the FCA in a corporate finance mis-selling case, acting for the NCA in the landmark Chatwani case which laid down new remedies for defective search warrants, advising Jersey prosecutors on a large scale financial misconduct prosecution, and prosecuting four Gambian diplomats in the most significant case involving the waiver of immunity in recent decades.

He is instructed to advise pre-charge or at the investigatory stages (search warrants, etc) of serious and complex cases, including at judicial review.

David specialises in asset forfeiture and confiscation cases, where his common law background gives him a cross-over expertise in both civil and criminal law which is essential. Recent cases have involved obtaining £1.4m confiscation orders for the NCA in Birmingham in a case arising from the importation of 2 tons of heroin, and representing the CPS in the leading case on the interrelationship between restraint orders and funds paid into court in civil proceedings.

He has a particular knowledge of disclosure, having been instructed on major cases as disclosure or independent counsel.

He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.

Published Works

Contact details

0207 332 5400 / clerks@5sah.co.uk

Areas of Practice

Corporate Crime

Year Qualified



BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Mansfield College, Oxford)


Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyersâ?? Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyersâ?? Association