David has been a partner at Keoghs since 1995 and leads the crime and regulatory team. David developed particular expertise in dealing with regulatory prosecutions, and was responsible for establishing the firm′s regulatory team a number of years ago. He defends individuals and organisations facing prosecution by the police, HSE and other regulatory bodies including handling PACE interviews and conducting his own advocacy in the Magistrates Court and at Inquests.
His detailed appreciation of health and safety issues, from both a criminal and civil perspective, ensures that both the lay client facing criminal prosecution and the insurer client facing a civil claim for damages receive accurate and consistent advice. Chambers and Partners Legal Guide has ranked David for several years, with comments including: “top drawer – he didn′t try to baffle us with science, he told us the truth all the way along and he was good at talking at all levels” and “a safe pair of hands…who knows the insurance market inside out.”
Latest Insights by David Walton
On 1 February 2016 new Sentencing Guidelines come into force in respect of health and safety, food hygiene and corporate manslaughter offences. The new guidelines, which follow an extensive consultation during 2014- 15, will serve to increase (in some cases dramatically so) the fines handed down for these offences.