- Recommended Lawyer for 'Health and safety (London)'
"…and David Wright, who is 'highly commercial and exceedingly clever'."
The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
- Recommended Lawyer for 'Environment (London)'
"David Wright heads the team at the 'commendable' Kennedys, specialising in the law of nuisance and bringing 'very good overall understanding of the sector and regulation'."
The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
- Notable practitioner for 'Health and safety (UK-wide)'
"He is responsive and very experienced," adding that he is "efficient and helped us move quickly."
Chambers UK 2019
- Leading Individual for Health & Safety
Described him as "meticulous in his attention to detail".
Chambers UK 2017
- Recommended Lawyer for Health & Safety
Described as "always calm under fire".
The Legal 500 UK 2017
- Qualified in England and Wales 2002
David is a London based partner. He qualified in England and Wales in 2002 having joined Kennedys in 2001. David was appointed as a partner of the firm in 2008.
David has a specialist track record of advising on and dealing with a wide variety of regulatory defence work, investigations and prosecutions centring on environmental damage and associated issues across a broad spectrum of industries.
As well as this criminal and regulatory work, which spans cases involving oil spills, sewerage, the protection of flora and fauna, and damage to Hadrian’s Wall, David also maintains a caseload of civil environmental matters. In an area of legal practice where crime, regulation and civil law often overlap, David’s experience in cases involving nuisance (statutory, public and private), waste and rights of way leave him uniquely placed to devise and coordinate holistic legal strategies.
David handles and supervises a wide variety of health and safety, environmental and food safety investigations and prosecutions, along with a caseload of civil law environmental matters. He specialises in advising and representing defendants and witnesses during environmental investigations and prosecutions.
David has developed particular expertise in nuisance, waste, rights of way and cases involving the Wildlife and Countryside Act. He has acted in leading Court of Appeal nuisance cases such as Morris t/a Soundstar Studios v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (electromagnetic interference) and LB Wandsworth v Railtrack plc (pigeons).
He writes and lectures on environmental defence law and practice, from the perspective of corporate and insurer clients.