In a varied career David has both defended and prosecuted a huge number of different crimes. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004 he joined the Royal Air Force Legal Service and gained vast experience representing the legal interests of soldiers all over the world (at Courts Martial). During this period, he became the first service lawyer to enter the Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, during a protracted gross negligence manslaughter investigation.
David left the RAF in 2013 and transferred to the Bar joining 37 Park Square Chambers. He has developed a busy criminal practice encompassing offences such as murder, rape, aggravated burglary, assault of all kinds, death by careless and dangerous driving, drug offences (including supply and vast cultivation), harassment, intimidation, large scale dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and wilful neglect.
Increasingly, he has defended in all kinds of sexual cases (including rape, indecent assault, assault by penetration, sexual activity with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography) including allegations going back many decades.
David has conducted both the defence and the prosecution of internal disciplinary tribunals and takes instructions in all civil matters. In particular, Mr Godfrey has a wealth of experience of representing clients in the niche area of presumption of death hearings.
David is a keen triathlete having taken part in numerous Ironman events. He is a huge Hull City fan and is making ongoing attempts to pass that passion onto his (reluctant) daughters….
Education & Qualifications
BA History University of Leicester 2000
PgDL College of Law York 2002
England & Wales 2006
Admitted to the Bar 2013
Memberships and Affiliations
Criminal Bar Association
Member of North East Circuit
Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor