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David Osborne

Taunton, United Kingdom


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David Osborne is a successful barrister, actor, author, media personality and public performer. In 1991 he hit the headlines nationwide and made legal history when he delivered his final speech to the jury entirely in verse. For this tour de force he was dubbed the Barrister Bard.

He followed this with the publication of a short humorous book on advocacy entitled No Holds Barred written under the pseudonym of Ivor Bigg-Wigg QC.

Since then he has appeared on television and radio, most recently on BBCTV, Sky News and RTE, and has written numerous articles of topical legal interest for the press and various journals. Go to to read a selection.

He has also written and presented two legal revues, both to full houses. An excerpt from one of his live performances can be viewed by clicking on ‘Theatre’. He is an accomplished keynote and after dinner speaker.

David recently attended a full day TV presenter course with Geoff Motley at the Casting Suite, to familiarise himself with autocue, feedback and interviewing techniques.

Books published:

He has written a motivational e-book entitled The Road to Success aimed at those seeking success in the cut and thrust of the corporate marketplace.

He has also written a second e-book entitled Public Speaking – the Ultimate Guide to the Art of Public Speaking, based upon David’s considerable experience in this highly competitive field. The book sets out the key essential steps in the structuring, preparation and presentation of a memorable speech, and is aimed at those considering a career, either part or full time, as a public speaker.

Both books are available as a download from Stag Publications. For further information and details, go to:

David has recently completed a full length fictional book on legal humour entitled Toby Potts in the Temple of Gloom, now available online at and other online sites.

The author is married with four children, and lives in Somerset.

Interests: Good food and wine, public speaking, voice overs, TV and radio work.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Toby Potts in the Temple of Gloom