David Sapiecha

David Sapiecha
Called: 1990
Qualifications: LLB (Hons)
The Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2014

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David is greatly experienced in Crime, Regulatory and Disciplinary Proceedings.

“Experienced in police disciplinary cases” Legal 500 2016

“He inspires confidence with his ability to draw out all the relevant points in a case” Legal 500 2015

He prosecutes and defends serious and complex cases, especially fraud.  He is a CPS Category 4 Prosecutor and on the CPS Rape Panel.

Misconduct Proceedings
David deals with many types of misconduct proceedings, either at first instance or by appeals, tribunals and judicial review.

His clients have included the constabularies, fire services, Prison Service and individual officers as well as drivers, etc.. David is well versed in Article 2 (European Convention on Human Rights) cases as well as anonymity arguments.

Regulatory Cases

Over the last 20 years David has been frequently instructed to advise and appear in regulatory cases. An illustrative list includes:

Health and Safety (including where death occurs)
Trading Standards
Firearms appeals
Planning breaches
Animal Welfare
Fire Safety
Advising on legal professional privilege
Advising the police on disclosure for DBS (formerly CRB).

Reported Cases

R v McKenzie [2008] EWCA Crim 1242
Court of Appeal – Case involving the use of bad character evidence in driving prosecutions.

R v C and others [2013] Court of Appeal
Lord Chief Justice-– guidance on dangerousness and extended sentences.

Notable Cases

R V G [2013] Court of Appeal – David represented the prosecution at a rape appeal involving fresh forensic evidence. The Appellant was represented by a QC. David cross- examined the Appellant’s Forensic Scientist.  The appeal was dismissed.

R v Grinter [2013] David prosecuted as leading junior (defendant represented by a QC) in a fraudulent trading case involving investments of £8 million.

Police fatal shooting at Lewannick, Cornwall. The inquest lasted 6 weeks. David represented Officer ‘A’.

Inquest into the multiple deaths following the Penhallow Hotel fire, Newquay. David represented the Cornwall Fire Service as leading junior.

David represented Pc H at inquest and during Misconduct Proceedings who deployed his taser on a man who had poured fuel over himself.  Sadly the man died after the fuel ignited. Pc H was exonerated.

David has been appointed to chair Police Misconduct hearings in the Devon, Cornwall and Dorset area.


David is married with two children. He spends his spare time transporting his children to various sporting events.

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