His cases, many of which have been reported, have involved Terrorism, Freedom of Speech, Murder, Firearms, Drugs, Money Laundering, Fraud, Extradition, Control Orders, Special Immigration and Appeals Commission, Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Public Law. He has a long-standing interest in cases concerning the treatment of people with mental health issues.
As a young barrister, David Gottlieb built up a Freedom of Speech practice defending Poll Tax and Fathers4Justice protesters. He successfully defended in the ‘Buckingham Palace’ trial and the ‘handcuffing of Rt. Hon. Margaret Hodge MP’ trial. These were cases which were described at the time as ‘hopeless’ but where the defendants were not willing to plead guilty.
Recent notable cases at first instance include:
• Successful defence of Salma Kabal before a jury at Woolwich (failing to disclose her husband was a terrorist). David Gottlieb was described by Ms. Kabal in the press as ‘inspirational’ (2013).
• Successful defence of H.E. before a jury at the Old Bailey (downloading bomb-making instructions from the internet) (2012).
• Successful defence of singer and songwriter P.J. Proby, before a jury (benefit fraud). Case dismissed after cross-examination. P.J. Proby later wrote and recorded a song about his barrister, called “David and Goliath” (2012).
• Successful defence of NJ, a young mother, before a jury (making up a false allegation of rape in order to stay in the U.K) (2011).
He is currently working on representing Y1 (a British citizens stripped of his citizenship). He has been retained to lead for the defence on a charge of misconduct in public office.
David Gottlieb also advises on civil and commercial matters. He has expertise in cases on cross-examination, trial strategy and the best way to settle arbitrations/litigation. In May 2013 he successfully represented a woman with cerebral palsy in a civil case. As a result, her story is due to be televised on BBC 1 in Autumn 2013.