Homepage banner

David Osborne

Since joining chambers, David has rapidly developed a senior practice, receiving instructions in a range of serious and complex cases. He has been lauded by the solicitors instructing him for his careful preparation, ease with clients and engaging style.He has been praised for his sensitive and incisive cross-examination of witnesses and for the power of his closing speeches. His growing reputation has made him a popular choice for significant criminal cases.

Areas of expertise

David’s caseload includes murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, bribery, serious and historic sexual offending, and significant child-cruelty cases. He balances significant legal aid cases with privately-paid instructions.

Notable cases

Recent Cases:

R v D child cruelty case involving near-fatal injuries

R v W Multi-million-pound bribery trial

R v B A double attempted-murder trial involving submachine pistols

R v S child cruelty case involving a woman subjected to significant domestic violence

R v D A six-month murder trial following a fatal shooting

R v H A manslaughter case turning on complex medical evidence and causation.

R v S Allegations of rape and coercive behaviour.

R v A Familial rape.

R v B False imprisonment and kidnap.

R v C Historic sexual abuse

R v N Historic sexual abuse.

R v H Familial rape.

R v K VAT fraud conspiracy.

R v U Attempted murder

R v B Attempted Murder

R v M and others, major duty evasion.

R v R, gross-negligence manslaughter.


David was appointed as Recorder of the Crown Court in 2012 and clients find his experience on the bench both invaluable and reassuring.

Mr. David Osborne was magnificent throughout, and I could not have wished for a more authoritative or reassuring barrister, whose mastery of his brief was quite extraordinary.
Call: 2015 (Solicitor 1996)
VAT number: 280 4489 86
Bar council number: 66625