Clerking team

Mark Heald
Mark Heald

Senior Clerk - Criminal and Regulatory

Andy Booth

Lead Criminal Clerk

Joe Murphy

Criminal and Regulatory Clerk

Inquests and Public Inquiries: Strengths: “He is brilliant with clients and incredibly calm under pressure.” “David is an excellent advocate who manages to robustly lead inquests so that other parties lean on him for direction, resulting in favourable outcomes for our clients.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2023

Business and Regulatory Crime: “David is very knowledgeable and puts together robust legal argument.”

Legal 500, 2023

Crime: “Recommended Expert.”

Legal 500, 2023

Inquests and Inquiries: “David’s knowledge of the coroners rules and procedure is second to none. He is excellent with lay clients and he is able to confidently handle complex and fast changing situations. During hearings, other parties look to him for guidance with strategy, and he is able to deploy this to the advantage of the client.”

Legal 500, 2023

David Pojur brings a wealth of expertise to the inquests field owing in part to his appointment as assistant coroner for North Wales. He has considerable capabilities acting for clients in cases involving health and safety fatalities, suicides or deaths in healthcare settings.

David specialises in Regulatory law covering the areas of Healthcare & Professional Discipline, Inquests, Health and Safety, and Environmental law. He is regularly instructed by solicitors to act for many of the country’s large insurers, multinational corporations, medical defence organisations and high net worth individuals. He acts in both contentious and non-contentious work and is often called upon for his advisory work. He is frequently led by and appears against King’s Counsel.

He has been on the Attorney General’s List of Approved Counsel, is Category 4 Counsel and is recommended by the Legal 500. He has been appointed by the Court to act as Special Counsel.

David is an able communicator with first class analytical skills. David puts clients at ease and provides excellent written advice. He shapes the case and its eventual outcome through the necessary tactical, procedural and evidential decisions.

  • Legal 500 2023: Leading Junior

Professional discipline

David is appointed to List A as Specialist Regulatory Panel Counsel in Health and Safety & Environmental Law, CQC, Ofsted.

Healthcare and Professional Discipline

David has significant experience in matters concerning Healthcare and Professional Discipline. He is instructed in matters concerning GMC, CQC, NHS England, Safeguarding, NMC, RCN, Performer Lists, OFSTED, GDC, GPs, Consultants and the Civil Aviation Authority.

He is very experienced appearing before Panels and Tribunals, addressing fitness, contested matters and appeals, as well as advising on strategy. He advocates on behalf of surgeons, nurses, doctors and dentists. His practice in healthcare also complements his inquest work where there has been a death in a medical setting.

David has a strong practice dealing with GMC, Care Quality Commission and Ofsted cases before the First and Upper Tier Tribunals. He advises Doctors as well as Providers and Managers on Notices of Proposal, Decision, Fit and Proper Persons, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. David also frequently advises NHS Trusts and their staff.

He appears at Urgent closure hearings before the Magistrates’ and the Appellate Tribunals under the Section 30 & 31 Provisions HSCA 2008.

He frequently advises Registered Providers and Registered Managers on prospects of appeal and how to appeal under the Memorandum of Understanding for Urgent Appeals. He has an insightful understanding and knowledge of the Health and Social Care Act and Regulations and their application. He works with expert consultants and Registered Managers and Providers, ensuring their case is fully advanced.

He has been instrumental in defending Notices of Proposal and Notices of Decisions to restrict admissions. He mainly addresses cases where cancellation of registration and closure of a setting is sought.

David also advises the regulator, CQC and its Inspectors. He represents them at contested hearings and advises on urgent closure of settings where there is serious risk to life.

David gives training on Healthcare law and matters under the HSCA and Regulations.

Inquests & coronial

David is recognised as a leading inquest practitioner.

David sits as an Assistant Coroner undertaking investigations and inquests both with and without juries. These are often complex proceedings with several interested persons addressing hospital, medical or care related deaths.

David has been appointed by the Court as Counsel to the Inquest (CTI) on several occasions by Senior Coroners and in Judge led inquests. He also advises and represents coroners in judicial review challenges before the High Court.

In his coronial practice, he deals with difficult Article 2 jury inquests where there are a number of complex issues and experts. These often relate to health and safety issues, deaths in police custody or prison and hospital settings and homicides. Experts are commonly encountered, ranging from toxicology, psychiatric, psychological, pathology, to engineering and reconstruction expert reports. A routine part of his work is assimilating complex medical or legal information and explaining it to the jury.

David has acts for families, Police officers, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Ambulance Service, Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses, insurance companies and company directors. He often guides Serious Incident Reviews. He frequently argues areas relating to Prevention of Future Death Reports.

Selected cases

  • Appointed as Counsel to the Inquest following a cold case murder from 29 years ago where the killer was acquitted in 1994. See the news story here.
  • Successfully defending a Coroner in a High Court JR before the Chief Coroner. The judgment is available here.
  • Representing a construction company concerning the fall from height of an employee
  • Representing Care Home group concerning inappropriate foods given to service user
  • Appearing for a Local Authority whose employee was fatally struck by a vulnerable service user
  • Representing an ophthalmic surgeon whose patient died after eye surgery
  • Representing a son whose father died in prison custody by a ligature
  • Represented NHS re elderly patient lacking capacity, subjected to violence
  • Inquest into death of elderly patient whose food line was placed into his IV line. Implications flowing from this affected not only national but European healthcare
  • Represented a family whose teenage son with mental health concerns went missing, focussing on action of the police
  • Represented the NHS concerning a young man who went on a rampage with a weapon, inflicting fatal wounds on himself. The case was reported on the BBC website and in the Daily Post. Read more information about the case here
  • Death in Custody. Representing custodial services. Significant number of medical experts
  • Representing the Chairman of a holding company and Managing Director of a quarry re laden volumetric vehicle

Crown Court & appeals

David prosecutes and defends the most serious crimes before the Crown Court and regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal, where he has succeeded in having convictions overturned. He often appears alone against silks and enjoys a strong reputation.

He is recognised as a leading junior and was appointed to List A of the Specialist Regulatory Panel Counsel for HSE, EA, ORR, CQC and Ofsted as well as being assessed as Panel 4 category Counsel and a Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) specialist. He has prosecuted trials instructed by the CCU.

He has experience of a breadth of work from multi-handed conspiracies to murder, gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and drugs importation cases as well as representing terrorists.

David frequently represents companies and directors in serious injury and fatal health and safety cases of significant complexity.

David has particular expertise in abuse and violence cases. He is fully conversant with handling expert witnesses and the requirements of young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants. He is often called to deal with grave crime cases that require the utmost sensitivity and planning.

Selected cases

  • Appearing for accused in manslaughter trial where death occurred through noxious gases
  • Representing terrorist accused of violent assault on prison guard
  • Acting for group member in Robberies at Manchester Airport’s secure area
  • Representing member of group in Conspiracy to commit GBH on prison staff when leaving prison estate
  • Successful convictions in historic abuse of trust rapes against sisters resulting in child being fathered
  • Acting for group member in Conspiracy concerning shooting and drug cultivation
  • Defending in a led case of Gross Negligence Manslaughter & Health and Safety offences in a multi handed ‘cut throat’ defence concerning poisoning
  • Four-month EA prosecution, led by Queen’s Counsel in vast multi-handed and rare case. Succeeded on abuse of process application
  • Defending in a led case, Gross Negligence Manslaughter concerning a fall from height on a construction site with significant legal argument on CDM Regulations
  • Prosecuting historic child abuse cases by several family members
  • Defending murder and manslaughter, in a led case, to acquittal, where there was a death bed video identification of the killer
  • Prosecuting wounding, rape and coercive behaviour
  • Defending a former sports coach who abused four boys, 20 years ago
  • Prosecuting a paedophile ring and procurement of infants
  • Defending ‘honour crime’ where injuries were described as ‘torture’

Health & safety

Health and Safety

David represents companies and directors in complex proceedings involving fatalities arising out of breaches of health and safety regulations. David’s clients include professionals at risk of corporate manslaughter liability or gross negligence manslaughter. He frequently advises on the Health and Safety at Work Act and potential liability and where it may fall under the Sentencing Council Guidelines.

David’s article on risky definitions of roles when working at height under CDM has been published in Planning and Building Control Today.

Selected cases

  • Representing stables where a horse bit a child causing grave injury
  • Advising on Safeguarding Investigation into fire at a setting with vulnerable service users
  • HSWA fall from height resulting in life changing injuries
  • Manslaughter arising from noxious substances from neighbouring premises
  • Gross Negligence Manslaughter – Led by silk in six-week multi-handed workplace fall from height
  • Success in Upper Tribunal CQC appeal concerning serious risk to life. See the news article.
  • Represented company where operative lost fingers on rotating saw
  • Acted for company directors in carbon monoxide poisoning of several people in residential premises
  • Represented directors of a national plastics company – operative’s arm caught in rotating machinery with degloving injuries
  • Denbigh County Council v DS Ltd. Representing MD and his company regarding a fatal explosion of split wheel rims
  • Appearing for company in gas explosion resulting in a fatality
  • Greater Manchester Fire Safety Authority v Khan & six others. ‘Death Trap’ shisha lounge case
  • Led by Queen’s Counsel in ‘Princess Parkway Pile Up’ representing the lorry driver
  • Barnsley Borough Council v Whitehead. Successful prosecution of Director under HSWA. Horrific injuries from converting semi trailers
  • Representing HSE against a company who had repeatedly flouted safety rules. A steel girder fell onto an employee during shipping
  • Successful prosecution of major UK supermarket chain for health, safety and food standards breaches


Environmental, Water and Nuisance

David is Regulatory Counsel with expertise in Environmental Law. He has significant experience with PINS and the public inquiry procedure & NRW.

He was counsel in the leading environmental case of Jagger succeeding in the Court of Appeal to overturn a conviction concerning the definition of controlled waste.

David’s specialism has led to his frequent instruction representing companies and individuals against the EA and NRW at PINS, contested hearings before the Crown and Civil Courts and the High Court of Justice. He is well respected in this area.

David is chosen by clients and solicitors because his cases are demanding and complex, requiring sharp analysis and attention to detail. His advocacy and advisory services are sought after. He advises clients pre interview, involving the EA, HSE, OFSTED, CQC, Civil Aviation Authority and Local Authority. He has been appointed by the Court to act as Special Counsel.

Notable cases include representing an international shipping company concerning controlled waste transportation to China. This was a multi handed and lengthy case, where the EA discontinued the case against David’s client. David’s time studying International Law at the University of Amsterdam was useful.

One of the largest environmental trials before the Crown Court was listed for four months. There were many parties and it was a very complex case. David successfully argued that the proceedings were unfair and the EA was abusing the courts process. This resulted in the acquittal of the defendants.

David also advises and contests cases for clients in actions against the EA, to hold them accountable for their failures. These proceedings are for high worth damages before the High Court.

David is approachable and has significant knowledge and court craft in his speciality field of Environmental Law. He works closely with leading solicitors in this field. He is a keen strategist, always seeking to achieve the best results for his clients. He ensures that the client is central to the team he leads.

Notable cases

  • Representing Construction company in rare Tree Preservation Order prosecution
  • Succeeded in having the prosecution against an international bakery dismissed for alleged breaches of Clean Air Act; secured large wasted costs. See the news story.
  • Acting for company directors suing the EA for damages in negligence 7 breach of duty
  • Four-month EA prosecution. Led by Queen’s Counsel in vast multi-handed and rare case. Ended on abuse of process application
  • High profile international shipping broker in multi-handed case accused of large-scale environmental criminality. David successfully had the Indictment discontinued
  • Advising and representing global company on odour management regulations and nuisance abatement and Environmental Information Regulations
  • Advocating for an international company accused of supplying huge amounts of toxic substances for land spreading
  • Representing company accused of massive fish kill and water pollution as well as spreading carcinogenic waste
  • Environment Agency v Jagger [2015] EWCA Crim 348 2015 WL 997446. Successful appeal against conviction in ground-breaking environmental waste trial. See the news story. See the full judgment.

European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Credit: Council of Europe. (From second on the left) David Pojur, Matt Stanbury and Adam Straw KC for the Applicants and James Strachan KC and Matthew Gullick KC for the United Kingdom on the right (3rd and 4th from the right).

David appeared before an exceptional convening of the Grand Court of the ECtHR to address miscarriages of justice. In Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam v United Kingdom [2023], 20 international judges heard argument concerning whether the statutory scheme for compensating the victims of miscarriages of justice (Criminal Justice Act 1988, s.133) violates the presumption of innocence guaranteed by Article 6§2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. An amended test, introduced in 2014, requires applicants for compensation to demonstrate that the fresh evidence which led to their convictions being quashed demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt that they are innocent.

Both applicants argue that the scheme infringes their right to be presumed innocent. 

Read our news story here.

Watch the webcast here.

Read the ECHR’s press release here.

Judicial Appointments

  • Assistant Coroner for North Wales


  • List A – Specialist Regulatory Panel Counsel in Health and Safety & Environmental Law, CQC, Ofsted.
  • Category 4 Panel Prosecution Counsel
  • RASSO Panel Counsel


  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • The Northern Circuit
  • The Coroners’ Society of England & Wales
  • Bar Council Ambassador
  • Criminal Bar Association

Solicitor recommendations

“David was excellent from the first telephone call we had through to the conclusion of what was a complex, difficult and lengthy case. He made the client (and me) feel very secure in the knowledge that we had the best person for the job on board. His written arguments were very clear and cogent and in the face of a challenging bench his oral submissions were extremely robust and very impressive.”

“An absolutely outstanding result  – well done, and thank you. You’ve secured a lifeline I thought to be beyond reach.”

“I am most grateful to you for your expert handling and management of matters from the outset… My thanks as ever to you and the team at SJB for the support and assistance.”

“Excellent Counsel for education and Coronial law. He provides excellent service for many of our commercial clients.  Now without a doubt, our first choice.”

“He has developed an extensive repertoire of skills in relation to Environmental cases in particular, with a wealth of knowledge derived from experience. I am aware that I am not the only solicitor who regards him as a “go to” barrister for these kinds of cases.”

“His ability to understand cases, present himself to and empathise with clients to achieve positive outcomes through negotiation and /or advocacy skills is very impressive. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”