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David A. Savell

Partner
+44.(0)20.7360.8266
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

David is a partner in the firm’s London office. His work is primarily within the firm's regulatory and corporate crime practice.

Legal 500 2017 says “David Savell has a ‘stellar reputation’ for contentious work and ‘excels at leading defence teams in complex financial matters’”.

Legal 500 2016 says “On the contentious front senior associate David Savell displays ‘extraordinary attention to detail’ on corporate crime and regulatory prosecutions.”

Legal 500 2014 says “solicitor-advocate David Savell is an ‘intuitive tactician'”.

Professional Background

David began his career with the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, gaining substantial experience in cases involving direct taxation investigations and prosecutions. Thereafter he joined a leading boutique white collar crime firm, where his work covered all aspects of white collar crime defence in cases brought by the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Services Authority and the Crown Prosecution Service, amongst others.

Thereafter he joined a leading corporate crime practice in the City, advising on regulatory and criminal work to both corporates and individuals from advice on regulatory concerns, reporting obligations, the initial stages of investigations, interviews under caution and restraint proceedings right through to appeal and confiscation. His work continues to focus on regulatory and corporate crime at K&L Gates.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of Gray's Inn
  • Solicitor-Advocate with higher rights of audience (criminal)
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Young Fraud Lawyers' Association
  • The Pakistani Cricket Board and the Pakistani cricketers in connection with the Metropolitan Police investigation into spot fixing and Mohammad Asif in relation to the disciplinary investigation by the International Cricket Council.
  • Canadian listed mining business operating in Europe. Compliance advice relating to whistle blowing, data protection, and anti corruption procedures.
  • International Broker. Conducting internal investigations in connection with allegations of corruption and fraud.
  • Representing a director requested for section 2 interviews in relation to the Oil for Food investigations carried out by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Recent ground breaking extradition cases involving the U.S., Russian Federation, Brazil, and France.
  • Global Airline. Board level advice in connection with complex regulatory issues and procedures. Separately advising in connection with requests for mutual legal assistance in an investigation into the corrupt award of landing slots.
  • Defending FSA enforcement action in relation to breaches of Principle 1 of the FSA’s Statements of Principles and Code of Conduct for Approved Persons (“APER”).
  • Representing an individual charged by the FSA with insider trading. Trial commencing in October 2012.
  • Providing trade and financial sanctions advice to a Global Insurance broker.
  • Successfully defending an individual charged with conspiracy to defraud the public revenue of VAT (£80 million MTIC fraud) and money laundering.
  • Representing a director requested for section 2 interviews in relation to the Oil for Food investigations carried out by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Successfully defending an individual charged with conspiracy to defraud the public revenue of VAT (£80 million MTIC fraud) and money laundering