David Philpott – Partner specialising in criminal defence

Admitted as a solicitor in 1992 David has a wealth of experience and is one of the most respected Magistrates Court advocates in the country. He has specialised in criminal defence work throughout his career and understands that appearing before a court can be very daunting whatever the nature of the allegation that a person faces. If you have been charged with an offence or received a requisition to appear in court it is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. If you require advice and representation in connection with Magistrates Court proceedings please do not hesitate to contact David. A Duty Solicitor and Higher Court (Crime) Advocate David joined Olliers in 2008 from JMW where he was a partner for 12 years. He is a member of Manchester Law Society’s Crown and Magistrates’ Court Committee.

Funding Your Case

As a vastly experienced criminal defence solicitor David is very much aware of the significant implications there can be for people facing criminal investigations and court cases.

Olliers are committed to providing all of our clients with a first rate standard of representation. You can find out more here about funding your case.

Recent Cases

David represents people in Magistrates Courts every day and these are some of the cases he has dealt with recently;

  • R v EO – the client appeared in custody charged with offences of harassment and theft. An application for bail was made and granted and the case was adjourned for trial. The day before the trial the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the proceedings.
  • R v K – this was a case involving a young person charged with a number of serious offences including robberies and assaults. There were a number of issues including child criminal exploitation and the matter was concluded by way of a community sentence being imposed.
  • R v JT – an elderly client who was charged with an offence of harassment involving a neighbour over a prolonged period of time.  The client had a number of significant health problems and was sentenced to a community order.
  • R V ND – the client faced a Public Order Act allegation arising out of a domestic related incident. A not guilty plea was entered and bail was granted at the first hearing following a bail application. The matter was subsequently discontinued by the prosecution some time prior to trial.
  • R v B – the young person was charged with offences relating to the possession and supply of drugs. They were found to be a victim of modern slavery and the Crown Prosecution Service eventually withdrew the proceedings.
  • R V FC – a guilty plea was entered to an offence of breaching a non-molestation order imposed in respect of a relative.  The client had some difficult personal circumstances and after considering all factors the court imposed a community based penalty.
  • R v LO – the police interviewed in respect of an allegation of assault at a neighbours address. The client had sustained injuries and a full account was given to the police. After consideration of the matter no further action was taken.


One of the areas that David specialises in is representing people who are facing investigations  or proceedings arising out of incidents at football matches. David is well aware that people can find themselves in difficulties for football related matters for all sorts of reasons. Olliers are a Football Offence law firm regularly representing people in connection with Public Order Act offences, alcohol and ticketing related matters as well as applications for Football Banning Orders.

David Philpott and Laura Baumanis lead the Olliers Football Team and you can contact them or find out more here.

Recent Articles written by David

Read David’s article. ‘A smarter approach to sentencing’

Listen to David on The Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast

In May 2020 David contributed to the Guardians Today in Focus podcast in relation to domestic violence ceases and how lockdown is changing the way domestic violence cases are being prosecuted. David featured having been court duty solicitor in the domestic violence court at Manchester Magistrates’ Court. You can listen to David by clicking here.

Contact David Philpott

196 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WF
0161 8341515