Meet the Team – David Osborne

Created on May 24, 2017

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Meet the Team - David Osborne

This is the sixth in a series of posts designed to provide you with some information about the team at Old Bailey Solicitors, what they do and why they do it! 

Today its the turn of our resident judge and senior advocate, David Osborne 

What is your job title? 

Director

 

How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors? 

I helped to found the practice in 1999.

 

What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors? 

After university I did some lecturing before landing a job as a law clerk in a firm of Solicitors in Yorkshire. From that moment I fell in love with the job and found I had a talent for it. I was then employed by a Sussex crime firm before being asked to co-found Old Bailey Solicitors.

 

What made you decide to become a criminal defence specialist? 

I spent the first two years of life in a solicitors’ firm in the Crown Court, watching how experienced barristers presented their cases. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a senior advocate. Over time I conducted ever more serious cases and never considered any other line of work. 

 

Describe your typical day at work 

The great joy of this job is the constant variety. I prepare my cases from home and if I’m not doing that then I’m in the Crown Court. As a trial lawyer I typically travel by train, going over my notes for the day. Once I’ve finished in the afternoon I make notes on the progress made and prepare for the next day in court. I’m constantly making notes which become the basis of my jury speech at the end. 

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

The best parts are in court. I like the feeling of having a jury interested in the case and slowly being persuaded of my client’s case. When a client understands and appreciates the care and skill being applied to their life, there’s nothing like it. I also like catching up with my work colleagues and watching their progress. 

 

What do you find most challenging? 

The constant battle with various government agencies, whether the Legal Aid Authority (who pay our bills) or the Crown Prosecution Service (who are terribly under-resourced) is rather wearing. 

 

If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be? 

I would remove the warned list system. It is a system whereby cases can be called on at short notice. It means that clients rarely get the barrister they want and the advocates themselves have no real incentive to prepare cases thoroughly. It is the enemy of good case management and I would like to see it stopped. 

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