David Ewings

Year of Call: 2009  




David Ewings is a primarily a criminal defence specialist. He is regarded as a tenacious and independent-minded advocate, solicitors and clients warm to his down to earth and practical approach.

Equally comfortable as a led junior or junior alone, David has amassed substantial trial experience across the full range of criminal defence work including acting in some of the country’s largest drug trials.

Due to his recognised commitment to all cases in which he is instructed and the highest level of client care, David has developed a specialism representing mentally ill and vulnerable defendants.

David has also developed a significant advisory practice. He is regularly instructed to advise on appeal against conviction in cases where he was not trial counsel. His ability to develop novel arguments both in written and oral advocacy has won plaudits.

A versatile advocate, David has also had significant success when instructed in other areas of practice including in the high court on a widely reported libel case and before the VAT tribunal.

Following a degree in Theology & Religious Studies at Queens’ College in Cambridge, David read for the Bar at the College of Law in London. Prior to coming to the Bar he spent 8 years working part time in the criminal department of a solicitors firm as a caseworker and accredited police station representative.



  • Regina v Kristopher Wassell & Other: Instructed by EBR Attridge. Junior defence counsel for 1st Defendant charged with others with conspiring to supply class A and class B drugs. Large volume of telephone and probe evidence. Significant PII applications.
  • Regina v Wayne Patton & Others: Instructed by Janes Solicitors. 9 handed conspiracy to steal, all men in their twenties, were accused of perpetrating up to 100 burglaries and thefts of high end motor vehicles across south London. Junior alone.
  • Regina v Derek Jones & Others: Instructed by Birds Solicitors. Defendant charged with involvement in conspiracy to supply heroin from Scotland to Wolverhampton. Led junior counsel.
  • Regina v Jeffrey Miller & Others: Instructed by Edward Hayes Solicitors. A 2 ½ month defence of a defendant charged with having a pivotal role in the importation of £11 million worth of class A drugs into the United Kingdom.
  • Wiseman v Sullivan: Instructed on a direct access basis as junior counsel for the defendant in a high profile libel action. Solicitor sued his former client for libel after he publicly questioned the integrity of his billing. Settled mid-trial.
  • Operation Amazon: Instructed as independent Counsel by HMRC. A 3 month instruction to independently review electronic documents for LPP material.



  • Regina v Hayley Brown: Instructed by Blackfords LLP. A 6 week fraud trial. Defendant accused of selling non-existent Turkish properties to investors. Significant hearsay evidence and applications.
  • Regina V Simon Hanagarth & Others: Instructed by Leo Goatley Solicitors. Defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud and blackmail.

Murder & Manslaughter


  • Regina v Joshua Davey: Instructed by Shearman Bowen Solicitors. A 2 months murder trial related to the stabbing of youth in a local park.
  • Regina v Fesal Khiaq & Others: Instructed by Shearman Bowen Solicitors. A 6 week defence of a defendant charged with conspiracy to murder (1st on indictment). A case for the Crown based on circumstantial evidence, primarily cell site evidence.


  • Karia Scholarship Prince of Wales
  • MA Cantab, Cambridge
  • LLB Hons, London