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David Mason KC

Deputy Head of Chambers

Call: 1986 | Silk: 2010

"David Mason is excellent. He has a combination of gravitas and charm." "David is a highly talented KC who provides excellent service to professional and lay clients alike." "His greatest strength is his charisma and presence in court."

Chambers UK 2024

"David is an incredibly eloquent advocate." "He is a class act."

Chambers UK 2023

Ranked as a leading silk in Crime.

Chambers UK 2022

"A brilliant jury advocate - he has a very persuasive manner. He knows the law and how to cross-examine in sensitive criminal cases without alienating the jury." "He has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in his preparation."

Chambers UK 2021

"He has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in his preparation."

Chambers UK 2020

David Mason KC has 30 years of practising in crime. He has conducted every possible type of case, both on behalf of the Prosecution and Defence, as well as Inquests and Police Disciplinary Hearings of all types.

He has experience in fraud, murder, serious sexual offences, money laundering, internet offences, drugs offences, including massive importations and serious offences of violence.

He has appeared in the Court of Appeal on many occasions in relation to numerous different topics. He is now a Deputy Head of Chambers at No5 Chambers and is also a Recorder of the Crown Court.

He is regarded as a natural jury advocate, with many successes achieved in all areas of his work.

No case is too difficult, unusual or complicated.

Expertise

Crime

David has 25 years of practising in crime. He has conducted every possible type of case, both on behalf of the Prosecution and the Defence. He also has many years of experience in representing police officers in the Crown Court, Disciplinary hearings and Inquests.

He has experience in murder, fraud, serious sexual offences, money laundering, drugs offences, including massive importations and serious offences of violence.

He has appeared in the Court of Appeal on many occasions, on behalf of both the Prosecution and Defence.

He was appointed King’s Counsel in 2010 and has been a Recorder of the Crown Court since 2005.

He is regarded as a natural jury advocate, with an extremely high success rate achieved in all areas of his work.

Notable Crime Cases


R v DAMIEN FINCHER

Defence Counsel representing a man for murdering his wife.


R v STEPHEN LAL

Defence Counsel representing a man accused of murdering his oldest and best friend.


R v GEORGE LAWRENCE

Defence Counsel representing a man accused of murdering a man outside a Burton nightclub.


R v GEORGE WHITE

Defence Counsel representing a man for a 4 million money laundering.


R v G

Defence Counsel representing a respectable businessman accused of multiple rapes on a member of his family.


R v R

Defence Counsel representing a karate instructor accused of raping one of his students who was 13 at the time. The victim and the defendant then started a relationship. She then committed suicide before the trial. The Trial was allowed to continue with her evidence being adduced under the 2003 Hearsay provisions.


R v THUY AN MAO

Defence Counsel representing a man for manslaughter having covered the victim in white spirit, causing her death 5 months later.


R v AZAM and OTHERS

Prosecution Junior. This case involved the murder of a young man in Birmingham. The case went to a second re trial and the Court of Appeal.


R v HARTSHORNE and OTHERS

Defence Junior. This case involved the importation of 30 tons of cannabis.


R v REBECCA POOLE

Defence Counsel representing a teacher accused of raping a 15 year old male pupil.


R v CLAIRE LYTE

Defence Counsel representing an LTA coach accused of sexual offences towards one of her 13-year-old female proteges.


R v CHRISTINE EGGELETON

Defence Counsel representing an employee of Birmingham University who had stolen 1.5 million pounds from her employers.


R v MARK GIBSON

Leading Junior Counsel representing a man accused of importing large quantities of cocaine from the Caribbean. The case involved an undercover police officer.


IAN TERRY DECEASED

Representing 3 Greater Manchester Firearms officers at the Inquest of a colleague who had been shot during a training exercise.


R v SUNIL CHOPRA

Defence Counsel representing a landlord accused of large scale cannabis production in 10 of his 23 properties.


R v ABDUL GHANIProsecution Leading Counsel.

Prosecution Leading Counsel. This case involved a murder committed by a Big Issue seller in Birmingham.


R v BRENDAN O’DELL

Leading Counsel representing the defendant accused of murder.


R v JULIAN MARSHALL

Leading Counsel representing the defendant accused of murder.


R v GEOFFREY STEPHENS

Leading Counsel representing the defendant accused of an Advance Fee Fraud.


Regulatory

David Mason KC practices the following areas:

Misconduct & Compliance

David has enormous experience representing police officers before various Tribunals. His experience includes many discipline Tribunals at first instance, Appeals to Chief Constable and Appeals to Police Appeal Tribunals.

His experience in this area has led to him developing expertise in Use of Force, Drink Driving and other police training and techniques.

In addition to Discipline Tribunals, he also has a wealth of experience in representing police officers in the Crown and Magistrates Courts.

His work in this area has taken him all over the country. He has appeared in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, London, Cheshire, Staffordshire and mostly in the West Midlands.

Notable Regulatory Cases


Lancashire Police v Scott McDonough and James Gerrie

November 2013
This was a 3 week Police Gross Misconduct Hearing concerning allegations that the Lancashire Police Special Operations Unit were buying and selling vehicles improperly within the Unit.


R v Lewis and others

Leading defence counsel. First on an Indictment of 10 officers. Leicester Crown Court. Death in Police custody case.


PC Holloway

Staffordshire police. Perverting the Course of Justice. Both Crown Court and Police Discipline.


PC Woods

West Midlands Police. Violence towards members of the public. Led for the defence of 5 officers. 5 day hearing. Successful half time submission.


PC Smith

West Midlands. Sexual Harrassment.


R v Deano Walker

Stafford Crown Court. Police Dog Handler, charged with Dangerous Driving and Assault.


PC Leitch

Staffordshire Police. Theft of DVD’s


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"He is phenomenal in terms of his ability to assimilate medical information, and phenomenal in conference and on his feet. He creates a massive amount of confidence in the client because he’s so approachable, but he’s also an absolute demon in cross-examination."


"A thorough and persuasive advocate, who has a charming manner – an exceedingly well-respected barrister."


"He is a significant opponent at the top of his game."


  • David has been a Recorder in the Crown Court since 2004 and has a Serious Sexual Offences ticket.
  • He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.
  • LL.B 2:1 Leicester University

R v Boots
A Police Inspector was accused of stealing and supplying vast quantities of Class A drugs.

R v Svedarauskas
Involved a Lithuanian man accused of the murder of a man in a wheelchair.

R v Mohammed
Accused of attempted murder with a firearm that jammed as it was pointed at the head of the victim.

R v Raza
Accused of attempted murder by driving his vehicle at speed at the victim during an altercation in the City Centre.

R v Singh
He prosecuted a member of staff for the brutal killing of his employer at a restaurant in Shropshire.

R v Farr
Accused of Gross Negligence Manslaughter of her Mother. She pleaded guilty and was spared jail.

R v Billingham
Accused of murdering his eight year old daughter.

R v Potts
Accused of the most serious sexual offences in relation to his children and the children of neighbours.

R v Mackinlay
MP accused of offences in connection with his election expenses. He was subsequently acquitted by a jury, but during the lengthy proceedings, the case went to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on an Interlocutary point.

R v Broadhurst
Accused of murdering his partner at the end of a drink and drug fuelled night. He pleaded guilty to Gross Negligence Manslaughter half way through the trial.

R v Millington
This case involved allegations in relation to circuit boards designed to bypass the tachograph systems in commercial vehicles.

R v Janjua
This case involved an allegation of money laundering in relation to cash brought back to the UK from India.

R v Walker and Davies
They were accused of murdering their young baby. He prosecuted this case.

R v Hooper
He prosecuted a Shropshire farmer for shooting his wife dead in front of her 14 year old daughter.

R v Hayre
He prosecuted a man for murdering an elderly Indian man during a drinking session in his house.

R v STEPHEN LAL
Defence Counsel representing a man accused of murdering his oldest and best friend.

R v GEORGE LAWRENCE
Defence Counsel representing a man accused of murdering a man outside a Burton nightclub.

R v G
Defence Counsel representing a respectable businessman accused of multiple rapes on a member of his family.

R v R
Defence Counsel representing a karate instructor accused of raping one of his students who was 13 at the time. The victim and the defendant then started a relationship. She then committed suicide before the trial. The Trial was allowed to continue with her evidence being adduced under the 2003 Hearsay provisions.

R v THUY AN MAO.
Defence Counsel representing a man for manslaughter having covered the victim in white spirit, causing her death 5 months later.

R v AZAM and OTHERS
Prosecution Junior. This case involved the murder of a young man in Birmingham. The case went to a second re trial and the Court of Appeal.

R v Rebecca Poole
Defence Counsel representing a teacher accused of raping a 15 year old male pupil.

R v Claire Lyte
Defence counsel. LTA Tennis coach charged with sexual offences towards junior tennis player

R v CHRISTINE EGGELETON
Defence Counsel representing an employee of Birmingham University who had stolen 1.5 million pounds from her employers.

R v Mark Gibson
Leading Junior Counsel representing a man accused of importing large quantities of cocaine from the Caribbean. The case involved an undercover police officer.

IAN TERRY DECEASED
Representing 3 Greater Manchester Firearms officers at the Inquest of a colleague who had been shot during a training exercise.

R v ABDUL GHANI
Prosecution Leading Counsel. This case involved a murder committed by a Big Issue seller in Birmingham.

R v BRENDAN O’DELL
Leading Counsel representing the defendant accused of murder.

R v JULIAN MARSHALL
Leading Counsel representing the defendant accused of murder.

Related News, Resources and Events

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David Mason KC leading Chloe Ashley prosecuted the father of a six-month-old successfully obtaining a manslaughter conviction

David Hollick was found guilty of the manslaughter of his 6-month-old son, Kairo following a 5 week trial before Mr Justice Dove and a jury…

Uncategorised


Father convicted of the manslaughter of his six-month-old son

David Mason KC leading Chloe Ashley prosecuted the father of a six-month-old successfully obtaining a manslaughter conviction against him following a 5-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court before…

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