David Hardstaff

David is an associate in BCL’s serious and general crime department, specialising in criminal litigation, regulatory law, controlled drug licensing, and proceeds of crime. He has particular experience in representing individuals accused of sexual offences, drugs offences and offences involving violence. He is an experienced police station representative and advocate, representing clients in a broad range of proceedings at the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

David regularly acts for professionals and high-profile individuals and has a reassuring appreciation of the pressures and strains that clients face when subject to investigation. He also advises witnesses, corporate entities and broadcasters involved in criminal proceedings in relation to reputation management and public relations.

In addition to his criminal practice, David advises companies and institutions in relation to applications to the Home Office for controlled drug licences, particularly in the context of research into cannabis.

David graduated from the University of Dundee (LLB (Hons)) before continuing his studies in London. Prior to entering into private practice, David undertook an internship at the California Appellate Project, where he assisted in the representation of defendants sentenced to death in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Professional Memberships:

  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Irish Lawyers Association


  • David regularly comments in the media on criminal justice news and issues (e.g. The Law Society Gazette and LexisNexis).

“David Hardstaff is excellent. His success rate in cases has caused solicitors and barristers alike to take note. A rising star”
The Legal 500, 2021

“He is the most reassuring solicitor I have encountered – he doesn’t sway from the realities and difficulties of a case and is exceptionally perceptive in how matters will play out.”
Chambers UK, 2020

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