David Reader appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown - Aug 2022
David accepts instructions across a range of areas of chambers’ work with a particular focus upon public inquiries, police law, inquests and immigration.
David is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (‘C’ Panel).
Prior to coming to the Bar, David worked for several years in Local Government and the Civil Service. He also regularly appeared as an advocate in appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and continues to accept instructions in this area, as Counsel.
He studied law as a mature student in 2015, graduating first in his year, before being called to the Bar in 2017. Throughout his legal studies, David volunteered at Stonewall, the LGBT rights charity.Inquests
David accepts instructions to represent all Interested Persons with a focus upon public bodies including police services and officers, NHS trusts and medical professionals, universities, and local authorities.
- The Independent Inquiry relating to Afghanistan: David is instructed by the Ministry of Defence, via the Attorney General’s C Panel.
- The UK Covid-19 Inquiry, chaired by the Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE: David is instructed by the Cabinet Office & Number 10, via the Attorney General’s C Panel.
- The Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Mitting KC: David is instructed by the Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service.
- The Infected Blood Inquiry, chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff KC: David was instructed by the Department of Health between January 2021 and January 2023, first via the Attorney General’s ‘Junior Junior’ Panel and subsequently via the Attorney General’s C Panel.
David accepts instructions in all areas of Police Law. This includes: ASBIs, disclosure matters, DVPOs, SPOs, SHPOs, SROs and notification orders.
- The Chief Constable of Surrey Police v SK (2022): David Reader, instructed by Weightmans Solicitors (for a joint taskforce from Sussex & Surrey Police) secured a Slavery & Trafficking Risk Order under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 against an individual, ‘SK’. The case focussed on the exploitation of young people groomed to work in ‘County Lines’ organised crime gangs.
David accepts instructions in a wide-range of immigration, nationality and asylum matters.
He acts both for appellants and for the Secretary of State for the Home Department from whom he accepts regular instruction. This expertise affords him an excellent knowledge and understanding of the relevant law, the First Tier Tribunal process and case management & strategy.
David’s knowledge and experience in immigration and nationality law enables him to advise on such matters within family proceedings. For example, advising a Local Authority on the nationality of a child involved in care proceedings.
David Reader secures Slavery & Trafficking Risk Order - Feb 2022
David Reader secures Home Office withdrawal in ‘Leave to Remain’ case - May 2021
Congratulations to Matthew Withers and David Reader joining 1COR as tenants - Oct 2018
Supreme Court rules against the Government on Civil Partnerships - Aug 2018
David Reader secures two guilty pleas in breach of trust theft and road-rage public order prosecutions - Aug 2018
1COR host Public Law Seminar with East Sussex Resolution - Mar 2018