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David Bruce

Year of call 1982  

Areas of Expertise

David Bruce has practised at the Criminal Bar for 26 years. His practice includes all aspects of criminal law, both defending and prosecuting. He has substantial experience in all areas of serious crime including numerous murders and gangland killings. He is regularly instructed in Drug Trafficking and supply offences and has particular experience and interest in Fraud. David also has expertise in firearms offences, conspiracy cases and offences involving serious violence or homicide. David has appeared as Leading Junior in many serious cases. He has built up a reputation in cases of a serious sexual nature. David has significant experience in the Court of Appeal and he is a grade 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service.


R v Keatings (2008): Prosecution arising out of Operation Bluebeard (Supply of Class A drugs)

R v Smith (2006): Gang Murder

R v Statham (2003): Multi-handed Murder

R v Telfer (2002): Charged with Murder, Manslaughter and Arson, Telfer was convicted of Manslaughter and Arson.


David is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about David can be found here

David’s clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he offers. David accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.  For other work, David usually charges a brief fee plus refresher fees for court hearings, with advisory, conference and other preparation work charged at an hourly rate. David aims to return paperwork within 14 working days, however his professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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