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.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2002

David Wright maintains a respected health and safety practice that spans both large-scale prosecutions and regulatory mandates

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Health and safety (UK-wide)'
    "David Wright maintains a respected health and safety practice that spans both large-scale prosecutions and regulatory mandates"
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Environment (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • 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

Work highlights

  • Acting for a property development company and its managing director in a prosecution arising from the collapse of mill refurbishment in Hull and the deaths of three workers.
  • Representing the UK’s leading sugar refining business in a health, safety and environment investigation and prosecution arising from a fatal incident at the client’s refinery jetty on the Thames.
  • Representing a metal recycling company in relation to a recent incident in Birmingham resulting the deaths of five workers.
  • Successfully defended a senior manager in the prosecution for manslaughter of individuals and corporates arising out of the Hatfield rail accident.
  • Successfully defended a conveyor belt maintenance company prosecuted by the health and safety executive for alleged failures to plan and manage work on an aggregate facility resulting in serious injuries to an engineer
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020