David Thomas works as a solicitor and, over many years, has been a legal consultant to several animal protection and human rights NGOs - acting in many test cases both in the UK and Europe.
In his legal work he has taken some of the leading freedom of information cases, advised on numerous undercover investigations into animal cruelty and drafted animal protection and other legislation and accreditation schemes.
Prior to moving to the voluntary sector he was a litigation partner in a West End firm. He is a consultant to a leading human rights firm and for several years was legal officer to Child Poverty Action Group. He has previously been chair of the RSPCA, a director of Cruelty Free International, trustee of Compassion in World Farming, member of the advisory panel for Burma Campaign UK and trustee of Casa Alianza UK, a street children charity. He is also a former member of the Law Society’s mental health and disability committee and of the Government panel advising on the grant of legal aid in public interest cases.
David has written numerous articles and columns about the law and ethics, especially in the campaigning context, and written and contributed to a number of books. He used to teach judicial review and human rights law, primarily in the context of welfare benefits, is a frequent speaker and media participant and has taken part in many debates. He is also a Samaritan.