David Maunder

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David Maunder has built a reputation for handling high profile and ground-breaking criminal cases, in particular sex cases, fraud, “white collar crime”, drugs and other conspiracies.

He is well established as a defence advocate with an enviable record in trials, and has now developed an excellent reputation as an equally capable prosecutor.

Known for his down-to-earth and approachable style with professional and lay clients, David is incisive, thorough and persuasive in court. He is an admired trial advocate, recently lauded as “a very hard act to follow when addressing a jury” in a case with a national media profile.

  • Successfully represented company directors in high value revenue fraud allegations
  • First ever prosecution of “pyramid schemes”
  • Acted for young defendants from the Somali community, in a case with significant national media exposure
  • Successfully concluded trial alleging abuse of care home residents, part of one of Wales’ largest criminal investigations


David has 22 years’ experience in all areas of criminal work. In recent years, his forensic skills have been employed in an increasing number of serious and complex criminal cases, both as a led junior and acting alone.


He has achieved success in representing company directors in high-value revenue fraud allegations. He was instructed in a very large prosecution alleging the systematic defrauding of insurance companies through the staging of fictitious road traffic accidents. This has led to significant work in the regulatory field, including the first ever prosecution under new legislation aimed at so-called “Pyramid Schemes”. In another case he represented one of the lead defendants in a substantial fraudulent trading case, alleging a nationwide conspiracy to profit from the illegal disposal of environmentally sensitive industrial waste.

As a led junior, he secured an acquittal in 30 minutes at the end of a 6-week trial for a professional defendant charged with high-value “carousel fraud” – this after inheriting the case from a recently appointed judge, who had concluded that the defendant had “no defence”.

Sexual offences

David’s other area of particular expertise is in cases involving serious and historic sexual offences. In recent years he has acted for the defence in the multi-handed trial of young defendants from the Somali community, in a case with a significant national media exposure and extreme cultural sensitivity. In another defence case involving historic sexual abuse, complex issues around bad character evidence arose from the defendant’s three previous acquittals for similar offences. He has been instructed in countless historic and familial sex cases, including those involving young complainants.

Serious violence

David is currently prosecuting a multi-handed Attempt Murder allegation arising out of a large public disorder in Swindon. In the last few months he has defended a young man accused of smuggling a murder suspect out of the jurisdiction, in a case attracting significant regional media interest.

In recent years he has successfully concluded a multi-handed trial alleging abuse of residents in a South Wales care home, part of one of Wales’ largest criminal investigations.

Drugs conspiracies

In the last year he has conducted numerous inter-regional, multi-handed drug-trafficking conspiracies, typically involving covert surveillance, PII and subsequent confiscation proceedings. He was also instructed in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice arising out of a drug-related fatality in the North-West, again attracting national media coverage.


David has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving the traveller community, including representing the principal defendant in a prolonged series of high profile multi-handed conspiracies, alleging dishonesty amounting to tens of millions of pounds and including the highest value domestic burglary on record at that time.

David has a road traffic practice including proceedings arising from serious fatal and non-fatal accidents.

He is regularly instructed in prison adjudication proceedings and courts martial hearings. David is a Grade 3 prosecutor on the CPS list of prosecuting counsel. He is also on the CPS rape panel.

‘Very personable with clients.’ – Legal 500 2017

Notable recent cases:


R v Wright (Cardiff): Complex VAT fraud involving a company director

R v Allen (Cardiff): Alleged VAT Fraud – media sensitive

R v R Thomas and others (Cardiff): Multi-million-pound “carousel” fraud

R v Yandell and others (Newport): Allegation of large-scale fraud against the motor insurance industry

R v Shawket and others (Bristol): Multi-handed conspiracy to commit insurance fraud

R v Slocombe (Newport): Alleged “Cowboy Builder” case attracting popular media coverage


R v Goodwin and others (Bristol): Fraudulent Trading in relation to environmentally sensitive industrial waste

R v Lomas and Others (Bristol): First ever prosecution under new legislation aimed at so-called “Pyramid Schemes”

Sexual Offences

R v Sheikh and Others (Bristol): Culturally sensitive multi-handed Rape and Sexual Assault case involving the Somali community with intense media interest

R v White (Bristol): Rape and sexual abuse case involving ground-breaking bad character issues

R v Bounouara (Bristol): Rape trial conducted in absence of defendant

R v Daly (Reading): Historic familial rape and buggery

R v Lee and Others (Gloucester): Very serious historic familial child sex offences

Serious Violence

R v Peapell and Others (Swindon): Ongoing multi-handed Attempt Murder case

R v Barclay and Others (Bristol): Conspiracy to remove a murder suspect from the jurisdiction.

Drugs Conspiracies

R v Brissett and others (Gloucester): Two interconnected large-scale drugs conspiracies

R v Mahmood and others (Bristol): Inter-regional multi-handed drugs conspiracy

R v Joyce and others (Gloucester): Multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs

R v Cosham and others (Bristol): Multi-handed conspiracy to supply MCAT and other drugs

R v Cowell and others (Bristol): Multi-handed cannabis conspiracy


R v O’Loughlin and others (Reading): Conspiracy to burgle and steal high-profile antiques to the value of millions of pounds

R v Lloyd-Jones and others (Manchester): High profile conspiracy to pervert case arising out of a drugs-related fatality in a night-club

R v Brooke (Swindon): Prosecuted a man for harassing and stalking a “celebrity” television actress in another media-sensitive case


BA (Hons) Oxon; Dip Law (City University)

Middle Temple

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