Davit Kvachantiradze - Partner
Davit is a member of VBAT team from the day of its foundation. Since 2005, he is a partner of VBAT. The VBAT practice in criminal law is accomplished under his guidance. Davit provides legal advice and services to individuals and various private companies, including banking institutions. The service entails the preparation of legal opinions and conclusions, representation of clients’ interests before police, prosecutor’s office, other law enforcement agencies and courts. Davit’s working languages are Georgian, Russian and English.
Davit graduated from the Faculty of Law of Tbilisi State University with honours in 1999. Since then, he has commenced with an active professional activity. In 2000-2001, he worked as a trial secretary at the Supreme Court of Georgia. In 2001, he joined the NGO “Centre of the Protection of Constitutional Rights” (CPCR) and, as an attorney, was engaged in all CPCR’s projects. Davit became the leader of the team promoting the reform of penitentiary system and the head of the project - "Support to Penitentiary System Reform." He also participated in the monitoring of the penitentiary institutions and the staff training programs.
Since 2010, Davit has been actively involved in the elaboration of various manuals and training modules for the lawyers of Georgian Bar Association. He is also a trainer, certified by numerous local or international organizations (Georgian Bar Association, American Bar Association, European Council, European Union, Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers to Georgia (NORLAG)) in professional ethics, criminal procedure, trial skills, applications before the European Court of Human Rights, the substantiation of judicial decisions and legal academic writing.
In 2015, with the technical assistance and funding provided by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the United States Department of State (INL), the commentary on the code of criminal procedure of Georgia was published. Davit co-authored the book, which quickly became a manual for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
In 2012-2013, Davit served as a member of the Ethics Commission of the Georgian Bar Association and, since then, he is a trainer in legal ethics in the Georgian Bar Association. Davit is one of the co-authors of the EU-funded publication - “Ethics Commission: Activity, Precedents, Recommendations (2010-2013).”
Davit is a board member at the Association of Law Firms of Georgia and the Head of the Criminal Law Working Group. Under his leadership and with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, in 2015-2016, two projects were implemented, aimed at the elaboration of recommendations to ensure adversarial criminal procedure and correction of deficiencies in legislative or judicial practice.
Since 2015, Davit serves as a member of the Scholar-Advisory Panel of the Supreme Court. He is also an invited lecturer in criminal law at Ilia State University and New Vision University.
With native Georgian, Davit is fluent in English and Russian languages.