Skip to main content

Prosecuting Barrister

David Comb

Called in 2005, David has recently acted or currently holds instructions in some of the most serious and high-profile criminal prosecutions in the North East of England. He specialises in trial and appellate advocacy.

He has an extensive track record in cases involving public bodies, public officials and professionals breaching regulatory obligations.

Prosecution Cases

David is experienced in prosecuting cases involving homicide, serious sexual assaults, drugs conspiracies, complex casework and organised crime. Examples include:

Operation Gunnell - Prosecuting, alone, a series of cross-border conspiracies to defraud, commonly known as vishing frauds. Hundreds of thousands of pounds had been inveigled from corporations and individuals, which were then funnelled through a complex series of bank accounts and then realised in cash.

Operation Bolt - Led junior in a prosecution involving the wholesale supply of cocaine, with a street value of hundreds of thousands of pounds, across the Pennines into Newcastle upon Tyne from Liverpool. Subsequently, took sole charge of the confiscation proceedings against multiple defendants, involving substantial assets and issues concerning protected third party equitable interests.

Operation Oceanic - Prosecuting a case of conspiracy to supply cocaine, arising from a complex, proactive investigation into the trans-Pennine trafficking of drugs.

R v Saunders - Prosecuting a murder, in which the defendant was convicted of stalking down and stabbing to death his love rival.

R v Watson and Hills - Successful prosecution of two men who beat to death their associate at a drug fuelled party.

R v Latimer - Successfully prosecuted a case involving a campaign of violent rapes perpetrated by the defendant against his partner.

R v Falconer - Successfully prosecuted a man for historic offences of sexual assault committed against children.

R v Smith - Appeared on behalf of the prosecution on an appeal brought under section 72 of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The case involved the question of time limits under section 14 of the Act and the relationship of the time limit to the court’s statutory jurisdiction to make a confiscation order.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Crown Prosecution Service Panel Advocate Grade 4
  • Crown Prosecution Service Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Education & Awards

  • LLB (Hons) University of Sheffield
  • Dubb Lipton Alsop Award
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Inner Temple Exhibitioner
  • Inner Temple Intern Scholarship

Basis of Instructions

For further details regarding fees, billing and price transparency visit here. For cases with no solicitor involvement, information can be found in the Bar Standards Board's Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients, here.

Trinity Chambers

The Custom House
Newcastle upon Tyne

Crime Prosecutors

Private Prosecution Services for Businesses & Individuals

Back to top