David Frend

Consultant and Barrister at Law

David Frend is a barrister-at-law with a wide range of experience as a court based advocate, operational legal adviser and personnel manager at both the international and domestic level across a broad spectrum of activities, from Defence and security related matters to serious and organised crime investigations and prosecutions.

David was called to the Bar in 1994 and practiced predominately as a criminal defence advocate before commissioning into the Army Legal Services in 1997.  During his military career he undertook a multitude of roles within the three core Army Legal Services’ areas of work: prosecution advocacy before the Court Martial and the Court Martial Appeal Court; legal advice to the chain of command on internal discipline, administrative and employment matters; and legal advice on the lawfulness and conduct of military operations, including becoming the first permanent military legal advisor to the United Kingdom Special Forces.  Having completed 18 years’ military service, David converted his commission from the regular Army to the reserve and in October 2014 took up a position of Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Proceeds of Crime, where he routinely had conduct of voluminous large, difficult and multi-faceted confiscation order enforcement cases made in respect to serious and complex cases.  He returned to the independent Bar in March 2016 as a self-employed barrister and over the last 18 months has been engaged, amongst other things, as a prosecution mentor to the European Rule of Law Project in Montenegro (providing advice and guidance in respect to prosecuting offences of bribery, corruption and money laundering) and as a prosecution mentor and advisor to the Afghan Anti-Corruption Justice Centre on behalf the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union.


  • BA (Hons) Law & Politics (University of Keele, UK) – 1993
  • Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple)(England and Wales) – 1994
  • Professionally Qualified Officers’ Commissioning Course (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK) – 1997
  • Advanced Command and Staff Course (Defence Academy, UK) – 2011
  • LLM International Law (Bristol University, UK) – 2011
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute – 2013

Specialist Skills

A highly experienced prosecution and defence trial advocate, both before military and civilian criminal primary and appellate tribunals, dealing with the whole spectrum of criminal activity; he has particular experience in domestic and international law in the fields of international humanitarian and international human rights law, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, bribery, corruption, money laundering and proceeds of crime.

In addition, he has a wealth of knowledge as a team leader, manager and project manager within both military and legal spheres domestically and abroad.

Countries in which employed

 UK, USA, Germany, Caribbean, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan and Montenegro.