Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 2009


Daniel specialises in criminal law. He practices throughout London, the South East and on the Western circuit.

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Since qualification Daniel has undertaken increasingly serious cases and now practices predominantly in the Crown Court in all criminal matters including drug offences, serious violence, serious sexual offences, public order, crimes of dishonesty as well as large scale conspiracies to supply drugs and commit fraud.

In addition, Daniel has been instructed in animal welfare matters prosecuted by the RSPCA as well as representing clients charged with offences contrary to the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991). He has appeared before the Court of Appeal having been granted leave to appeal both conviction and sentence.

Daniel is an approachable advocate who prides himself on his client care, experienced in dealing with clients from all backgrounds. He is equally at home whether he is prosecuting or defending and feels that the experience of both assists when he is instructed by either the defence or the Crown. Dan is a Grade 2 Crown Court prosecutor and also accepts instructions via Direct Access.

Dan has considerable experience in handling sensitive matters and advising in relation to those with ongoing mental health problems. In addition to this Dan has developed an expertise in the area of conspiracy. Dan is frequently instructed and advises in cases involving applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Recent notable cases (Junior alone):

R v M (Woolwich CC – 2017)

Rape. The defendant faced a 7 count indictment including 2 allegations of Rape and assault by penetration. Following a 7 day trial the defendant was acquitted of all offences of Rape and assault by penetration.

R v W & L (St Albans CC – 2017)

Theft by employee. Prosecuting a two handed case involving the theft of cigarettes worth over £30,000

R v K (Amersham CC – 2016)

Prosecuting in a 3 day trial in a case that involved possession with intent to supply class B drugs

R v S & S (Cambridge CC – 2016)

Prosecuting in a two-handed case involving the possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear

R v L (Basildon CC – 2016)

Fraud. Defending in a multiple count indictment regarding a ‘late bet scam’ allegation committed in Ladbrokes bookmakers

R v P & E (Reading CC- 2015)
Death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Represented first defendant in a negotiated guilty plea

R v B & T (Reading CC- 2015)
Conspiracy to rob commercial premises. Represented first defendant in a 5 day trial involving the armed robberies of book keepers

R v G and others (Blackfriars CC- 2015)
Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Representing third defendant in a case that involved the defrauding of Christies and Bonhams auction houses of over £200,000

R v T and others (Aylesbury CC- 2015)
Conspiracy to supply class B drugs. Representing first defendant in a 7 day trial that concerned the supply of class B drugs with an estimated street value of over a million pounds

R v B and others (Maidstone CC- 2015)
Conspiracy to supply/ import class A drugs.  Representing eighth defendant in a 9-handed case that involved the supply of over £40 million heroin resulting in a trial that lasted 10 weeks. Daniel was successful in a submission of no case to answer in relation to the ‘global’ conspiracy his client faced. The Crown were forced to proffer a a lesser offence.

R v K and others (Isleworth CC- 2015)
Conspiracy to commit burglary. Represented the fifth defendant in a 2 week trial. This was a case involving a gang who carried out nighttime ram raids of commercial premises.

R v C-W and others (Reading CC- 2014)
GBH s18 and affray. Represented fifth defendant in a 6-handed case involving a stabbing in a street fight. 2 week trial

R v D (Isleworth CC)

Sexual activity with a child. The defendant having been properly advised pleaded guilty before trial

(Led Junior)

R v S (Inner London CC – 2017)

Disclosure junior led by Jonathan Davies in a trial involving the consideration of 8 years worth of the complainant’s diaries. The case involved an allegation of historic rape.

R v H & others (Wood Green CC – 2016/17)

Led by Michael Shaw and Matthew Palmer (at the re-trial) prosecuting in a case involving a conspiracy to commit street robberies. All defendants were convicted

R v I and others (Central Criminal Court- 2014)
Murder. Led junior (to William Hughes QC) for fourth defendant in a 4-handed matter where the murder was captured on CCTV. Following a 5 week trial the defendant was acquitted

Immigration Law

Dan has acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home department in asylum appeal applications heard at the Immigration Tribunal

Prison Law

Before coming to the Bar, Daniel worked for the Parole Board of England and Wales assisting at hundreds of Parole Board hearings throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Since completing his legal studies Daniel has gained considerable experience representing indeterminate prisoners before the Parole Board in Lifer and ‘IPP’ hearings.

Family Law

Daniel has represented parents in both private and public work including final hearings in relation to proceedings brought by the local authority and ongoing private disputes regarding Child Arrangement Orders, prohibited steps and specific issue orders. Daniel can also advise in relation to injunctions and other Domestic Violence issues.

Education

  • BA(Hons) Fine Art (University of Brighton)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP college London)
  • BVC (very competent) City Law School

Inn

  • Gray’s Inn

Member of the Western Circuit