Daniel Jones

Year of Call: 2013

Dan has a busy practice in the crown, magistrates’ and youth courts, accepting instructions to act for both the prosecution and defence.

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Overview

Dan has a busy practice in the crown, magistrates’ and youth courts, accepting instructions to act for both the prosecution and defence. Dan also has experience of representing clients in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).  Dan is instructed to prosecute and defend a broad range of criminal offences including serious violence, sexual offences, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs, dishonesty offences including theft and fraud, road traffic act offences and public order offences.

Dan also represents clients facing criminal proceedings brought by regulatory bodies and local authorities.

Professional panel appointments

  • Grade 1 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Prosecutor.

Additional information

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 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 Football Association 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. Issues included extra-jurisdictional assets and hidden assets. The prosecution eventually agreed a benefit figure of less than half that originally contended for, and an available amount of just over £120,000.

Education

  • Cardiff University, BPTC (Outstanding).
  • Aberystwyth University, LLB (Hons) (2:1).

Awards

  • Winner, Sentencing Council Sentencing Competition 2013.
  • Inner Temple Award for Outstanding Achievement on the BPTC 2013.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA).
  • Attorney-General's Junior Juniors Panel.
  • Cymdeithas Cyfreithwyr Cymry Llundain (Association of London Welsh Lawyers).
  • Young Fraud Lawyers' Association (YFLA).

Business Crime

Dan is an experienced practitioner in relation to financial and business crime.  Dan assisted on large financial cases before coming to the Bar when he worked at a criminal defence firm of solicitors, which has assisted with his preparation and representation in financial crime cases at the Bar.  

See Dan's cases of note below for details of his business crime instructions. 

Crime

Dan accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law, acting for both the prosecution and defence.

Extradition & International

Dan appears in extradition hearings (including full hearings) at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

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.

Cases of Note

Extradition

Poland v. MS [2016]

Extradition request by Poland discharged on Article 8 grounds.

Crime

ABH: R. v. M [2017]

Junior alone defending M who was charged, with two others, with assaulting her co-defendant’s ex-partner and his new partner.

Drugs: R. v. Q [2017] EWCA Crim 66

Junior alone representing Q in his appeal against sentence. Dan also represented Q at trial in the Crown court.

Arson: R. v. S [2017]

Prosecuted S, who pleaded guilty to setting a fire outside the victims’ house following a dispute over the sale of a van.

GBH: R. v. M [2017]

Prosecuted M, who was convicted of throwing a pan of boiling tea over her sister-in-law.

ABH: R. v. D [2017]

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 [2017]

Junior alone representing L, who pleaded guilty to being part of a group assault upon the victim which resulted in a substantial injuries including a fractured skull and memory loss. Submitted a basis of plea and obtained a Goodyear indication of 3 years’ imprisonment.

Housing Act 2004: LBN v. W [2017]

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.

Theft: R. v. R [2016]

Prosecuted R who stole just under £100,000 from her employer over the course of her employment.

ABH: R. v. L [2016]

Represented a client who pleaded guilty to punching a complete stranger in the street and knocking out two of his teeth in an unprovoked attack. Case received press coverage in the Evening Standard owing to the fact that the victim had been playing Pokemon GO! at the time of the attack. 9 months' imprisonment. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/pokemon-go-players-tooth-knocked-out-in-horrid-unprovoked-attack-in-soho-a3365826.html

Theft / Assault: R. v. W [2016]

Successful defence of a client alleged to have assaulted his ex-partner in front of her 4-year-old son and then stolen her house keys. The jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts after just 34 minutes of deliberation.

Malicious Communications: R. v. R [2016]

Successful defence of a client who had allegedly threatened to stab his parents to death over the telephone.

Murder: R. v. F [2015]

Instructed as noting junior for the third defendant in this case, who had already pleaded guilty to an allegation of perverting the course of justice.

Murder: R. v. G [2016]

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.

Conspiracy to Murder: R. v. D [2016]

Instructed as led junior counsel for the first defendant in this five-handed case when my pupil supervisor had to commence another trial.

Assault by Penetration: R. v. L [2016]

Made a successful application to dismiss an allegation of assault by penetration.

Escape from Lawful Custody: R. v. R [2016]

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.

Assault: R. v. N [2016]

Successful defence of a man alleged to have threatened his partner with a knife and assaulted him. The magistrates' findings of fact were that it was actually the complainant who had threatened N with the knife and attacked him.

Public Order: R. v. S [2016]

Successful submission of no case to answer. The District Judge ruled that the Crown had not established S' identity and that the complainant had been "significantly undermined" in cross examination.

Assault PC: R. v. G [2016]

Successful defence of a man alleged to have bitten a police officer in an attempt to resist arrest.

Business Crime

BIS v. H [2016]

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 [2016]

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.