The Public Defender Service has appointed a Head of Advocacy.

David Aubrey QC, of Temple Court Chambers, will lead the development of the PDS?s existing team of advocates and will be based in Cardiff.

David has had a long and distinguished career on the Wales and Chester Circuit since being called in 1976. He took silk in 1996 and in the same year was appointed as a Recorder for Crown Court and County Court cases.

His strong track record in criminal law, civil litigation, mental health and care proceedings was also publicly recognised in 2004, when he was named Welsh Lawyer of the Year.

Hugh Barrett, Director of Commissioning and Strategy at the Legal Aid Agency, said:

'I am delighted to welcome David Aubrey to the Public Defender Service. The appointment of such an experienced and respected QC shows the PDS?s continuing commitment to providing a high quality defence service. This is a logical step to take as the service expands and continues to innovate.'

David is expected to take up his appointment in February 2014, once his existing roster of cases is complete.

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