Year of call: 2015
Daniel joined Chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Matthew Farmer and Russell Pyne. He has been commended for his “easy manner” and “exceptional” advocacy.
During the practising period of his pupillage, Daniel was instructed to attend civil, criminal, family and immigration hearings. Prior to the commencement of pupillage, Daniel worked as a County Court advocate, appearing before District Judges on the Western and South Eastern Circuits in small claims track trials and interlocutory hearings.
Daniel obtained a First Class History degree from Exeter University and a Master’s degree
from Oxford University. He received the Major Scholarship from Inner Temple for the GDL and BPTC. He obtained a Very Competent grade on the BPTC and was called to the Bar in 2015.
Daniel has undertaken a range of civil work, including RTAs, credit hire, MOJ Stage 3 hearings, consumer credit agreements, landlord and tenant and contractual claims.
- D v C (2018) – acted for the defendant in a credit hire claim where liability was admitted and successfully argued that the measure of damages should be loss of profit. Consequently, quantum was reduced from £8,000 to £1,000.
- S v S (2018) – acted for the defendant in an MOJ Stage 3 hearing and successfully argued that the medical report was insufficiently clear to ground a finding of PTSD.
- S v A (2018) – acted for the defendant in an RTA liability trial. Discredited the claimant’s evidence in cross-examination and the claim was dismissed.
- T v S (2018) – acted for the defendant in an RTA liability trial, where quantum was agreed, subject to liability, in respect of vehicle repairs. In evidence, the defendant sought to challenge causation of damage to the vehicle and questioned the engineer’s report. This was the first time he had raised the issue. The claim was nonetheless dismissed, based on the claimant’s lack of credibility, following cross-examination.
Daniel is a Grade 1 Prosecutor. He regularly prosecutes and defends trials in the Magistrates’ Court. He has conducted first appearances on behalf of defendants charged with kidnap, GBH and drug smuggling. He also regularly appears in the Crown Court.
- R v JP (2018) – secured the half-time acquittal of a defendant charged with possession of an offensive weapon (mandatory minimum sentence would have applied), notwithstanding the defendant’s unexplained non-attendance at trial.
- R v PF (2018) – secured the acquittal of a vulnerable defendant charged with assault by beating (domestic violence).
- R v ST (2018) – secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with failure to provide a breath specimen.
- R v JO (2018) – secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with assault by beating (domestic violence).
- M v TFL (2018) – successfully appealed a decision to revoke a PHV licence, where the appellant was accused of sexual assault.
- R v WW (2018) – secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with assault by beating.
- R v TK (2018) – successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with burglary and obtained the dismissal of his subsequent appeal against conviction.
- R v JR (2018) – successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with ABH using a sledge hammer.
- R v VM (2018) – successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with dangerous driving.
Daniel has acted in a range of family hearings, including private children matters and applications for non-molestation orders.
- LC v AS (2018) – obtained the transfer of a tenancy under the Family Law Act 1996. The DJ called the applicant’s skeleton argument a “model of its kind.”
- JP v CS (2018) – represented the respondent mother in an application for a child arrangements order. The father’s application was dismissed and he was restrained from making further applications without the leave of the court. A live-with order was made in favour of the mother.