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Senior research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University

David is a senior research fellow at Leeds Beckett university's Law School. He is former police officer and runs his own terrorism & security consultancy business (see his website David's research is in the areas of terrorism & security, criminal law and policing. His research has been published in books, book chapters, peer reviewed academic journals and online journals, His latest book 'Terrorism: Law & Policy' was published in 2018 and he has another book co-written with Simon Hale-Ross, 'Terrorism and State Surveillance of Communication' is being published by Routledge in June 2019. David's consultancy business provides expert commentary on law and policy in the area of terrorism & security, criminal law and policing as well as being an expert witness on terrorist activity. In the latter role he is currently assisting the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, SO15 on the terrorists' use of tradecraft (counter surveillance methods). He is also involved in a number of projects related to the Prevent strategy including a regional project based in the northwest of England.

As a result of his previous employment, research and expertise, his services to provide expert commentary for local, national and international media is consistently requested. He has appeared on the BBC radio and TV, Sky News, Al Jazeera, France 24, DW Germany, Russia Today, CNN, TRT World (Turkey) and Al Arabyia television LBC and Voice of Russia. He has also provided commentary for UK's press including The Guardian and Daily Mirror as well as Slovakia's Pravda Austria's Der Presse and the US's Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York Times amongst others.

David is an associate academic fellow of one of the UK Inns of Court, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.


  • –present
    Principal Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University