Dan has developed a busy practice in the Crown court, accepting instructions to act for both the defence and the prosecution. Dan has also appeared, as junior counsel alone, on behalf of clients in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
Dan is instructed to defend and prosecute the full range of criminal offences, but particularly cases of serious violence, sexual offences, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs and dishonesty offences including theft and fraud.
Alongside his Crown court practice, Dan maintains a practice in the magistrates’ court where he is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent clients charged with road traffic offences.
Dan also has experience of representing clients facing criminal proceedings brought by regulatory bodies and local authorities.
As a member of the Attorney-General’s Junior Juniors panel, Dan has developed a detailed knowledge of the law in relation to legal professional privilege and has been instructed as Independent Counsel on a number of occasions to review seized material. He is currently instructed as Independent Counsel in relation to a large-scale fraud investigation which has generated national and international press.
Professional panel appointments
- Grade 1 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Prosecutor.
- Attorney-General's Junior Juniors Panel.
- Cardiff University, BPTC (Outstanding).
- Aberystwyth University, LLB (Hons) (2:1).
- Winner, Sentencing Council Sentencing Competition 2013.
- Inner Temple Award for Outstanding Achievement on the BPTC 2013.
Before coming to the Bar, Dan was employed as a paralegal in the criminal department of a well-known North London firm of solicitors. Whilst there he gained a thorough understanding of what instructing solicitors require from counsel, as well as experience on a wide range of cases including:
R. v. J [2013 – 2014]: Dan was involved in the preparation of the successful defence of J, who was charged with the murder of a police officer alleged to have occurred during the course of the 1985 Tottenham riots.
FAPL v. V [2013 – 2015]: This was a private prosecution by the Premier League, who alleged that V had criminally infringed their copyright. Complex confiscation proceedings followed the trial of issue, where the prosecution alleged a benefit figure of £3 million and an available amount of some £4.5 million. The prosecution eventually agreed a benefit figure of less than half that originally contended for, and an available amount of just over £120,000.
- Criminal Bar Association (CBA).
- Cymdeithas Cyfreithwyr Cymry Llundain (Association of London Welsh Lawyers).
- Young Fraud Lawyers' Association (YFLA).
Dan assisted on large financial cases before coming to the bar when he worked at a criminal defence firm of solicitors. This has assisted with his preparation and presentation of financial crime cases at the bar.
See Dan's cases of note below for details of his business crime instructions.
Dan is a specialist criminal practitioner, who accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law, acting for both the defence and the prosecution.
Dan accepts instructions in relation to professional discipline and regulatory work.
Dan has represented clients facing criminal proceedings brought by regulatory bodies and local authorities, and as a keen rugby player he has a particular interest in representing athletes, particularly in cases where sports and the criminal law intertwine.
Cases of Note
Conspiracy to Murder: R. v. D & Ors. 
Instructed as led junior counsel for the first defendant in this five-handed case.
Murder: R. v. G 
Instructed as noting junior for the Crown in this murder allegedly committed by a 16-year-old defendant who had murdered another 16-year-old as a result of an argument about a tracksuit.
ABH: R. v. D 
Privately instructed as junior alone representing D, who was accused of head-butting the DJ at a wedding party. Convicted after trial, but successfully argued for a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
GBH: R. v. L 
Junior alone representing L, who pleaded guilty to being part of a group assault upon the victim which resulted in a significant injuries including a fractured skull and memory loss. 30 months’ imprisonment.
ABH: R. v. M 
Junior alone defending M who was charged, with two others, with assaulting her co-defendant’s ex-partner and his new partner.
Assault by Penetration: R. v. L 
Historic allegations of sexual abuse by a family member. Successful application to dismiss the most serious allegation on the indictment of assault by penetration.
R. v. Q  EWCA Crim 66
Junior alone representing Q in his appeal against sentence. Dan also represented Q at trial in the Crown court.
Business Crime / Regulatory
BIS v. H 
Represented H who was prosecuted under section 216 of the Insolvency Act for using a prohibited name. H received a community order and had to make a modest contribution to prosecution costs. Dan also successfully resisted the prosecution’s application for a director’s disqualification order.
LBG v. R 
Represented R who was prosecuted for offences relating to the sale of foreign cigarettes and other regulatory offences. R received a purely financial penalty for those offences.
LBN v. W 
Successful prosecution, on behalf of the London Borough of Newham, of a landlord for failing to comply with an improvement notice issued under the Housing Act 2004. Praised by the chairman of the bench for the “outstanding” presentation of the council’s case.
Other Cases of Note
Escape from Lawful Custody: R. v. R 
Represented a client who pleaded guilty to escaping from prison. Client was serving a 21-year sentence for a string of armed robberies, kidnap, false imprisonment and firearms offences. Sentenced to 9 months' imprisonment, concurrent to his existing sentence.