David Cook is a solicitor and a Legal Director at DLA Piper and advises on contentious cyber security and cyber crime matters.
In the early stages of his career, David successfully represented a large number of individuals who were alleged to have committed cyber crime and cyber security offences. He was invited by various police teams to deliver training sessions on how they could better investigate and prosecute these matters as part of the roll-out of regional cyber crime investigative capability. He was invited by Keir Starmer QC, the then Director of Public Prosecutions, to a roundtable meeting of experts, in relation to the drafting of crown prosecutor guidance for the prosecution of social media based offences.
David has delivered seminars and key-note presentations to the University of Manchester, University of Derby, Henley Business School and at the National Cyber Security Centre funded centre of cyber security excellence at the University of Lancaster.
David has worked at a Big Four professional services firm and for a London-city headquartered international law firm and has worked on many high profile and significant cyber security incidents and data breaches, including with respect to regulatory notification, internal investigation and support and representation in the civil and the criminal law jurisdictions, many of which are sensitive and confidential in nature. David is ranked as “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 UK 2020 directory.