Daniel Jones

Year of Call: 2013

Dan is a barrister specialising in criminal law. He acts in all areas of general crime and related areas.

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Overview

Dan is a barrister who specialises in criminal law. He has built a strong Crown court practice, acting principally for the defence in a wide range of criminal matters, but particularly cases of serious violence, sexual offences, offences related to the possession and supply of drugs and firearms offences.

Professional panel appointments

  • Grade 2 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Prosecutor.
  • Attorney-General's Junior Juniors Panel.

Additional information

Education

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

Awards

  • 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 Lewis Nedas solicitors. Whilst there he gained a thorough understanding of how a criminal case is litigated, what instructing solicitors require from their counsel and gained experience in the preparation of a wide range of cases including murder, fraud and sexual offences.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA).
  • Cymdeithas Cyfreithwyr Cymry Llundain (Association of London Welsh Lawyers).
  • Young Fraud Lawyers' Association (YFLA).
  • Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation + View All Specialist Areas

Alongside his criminal practice, Dan is developing a specialism in proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

As well as acting on a private basis for individuals responding to such applications, he is regularly instructed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police to make applications for the forfeiture of seized cash and money held in bank and building society accounts.

Dan acts in confiscation proceedings (including where he is instructed specifically to deal with confiscation) and has experience of contesting applications for confiscation orders and securing significantly reduced orders. Dan has also represented clients in enforcement proceedings before the magistrates’ courts.

Dan is keen to expand this area of his practice to encompass civil recovery applications.

Cases of Note

Reported Cases

R. v. Q [2017] EWCA Crim 66

Junior alone representing Q in his appeal against the sentence imposed for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Dan also represented Q at trial in the Crown court.

R. v. T [2017] EWCA Crim 649

Junior alone representing T in his appeal against the sentence imposed for a number of theft offences. Dan also represented T from first appearance through to sentence in the Crown court.

Asset Recovery and Confiscation

R. v. B & Anor. [2017 – 2019]

Junior alone instructed specifically to deal with confiscation. Three-day contested hearing involving legal arguments relating to the applicability of a basis of plea in confiscation and constructive trusts amongst others. Crown initially sought a benefit figure of over £320,000, the final order was just under £96,000.

Home Office v. S [2018-2019]

Junior alone representing S in a four-day contested hearing opposing the Home Office’s application for forfeiture of over £30,000 in cash.

HMRC v. L [2019]

Junior alone representing HMRC, successfully resisting L’s application to set aside an account freezing order relating to over £1million in frozen funds.

Crime

Serious violence

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

Instructed as led junior counsel for the first defendant in this five-handed case.

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.

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 significant injuries including a fractured skull and memory loss. 30 months’ imprisonment.

GBH: R. v. S [2018-2019]

Junior alone representing S, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his father. Significant mental health issues. Called expert evidence at sentence to secure a hospital order.

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.

Possession of an offensive weapon: R. v. D [2018]

Junior alone prosecuting D for possession of a claw hammer. Successfully opposed application to stay proceedings as an abuse of process.

Sexual Offences

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

Historic allegations of sexual abuse by a family member. Successful application to dismiss the most serious allegation on the indictment of assault by penetration.

Fraud / Money Laundering

Transferring Criminal Property: R. v. P & Ors [2018]

Led junior for the Crown prosecuting P and others for transferring criminal property. Three eminent QCs privately instructed for the defendants.

Business Crime / Regulatory

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.

CQC v. N & Anor. [2019]

Prosecuting, on behalf of the CQC, N and another who provided a regulated service (personal care) without being registered with the CQC.

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.

LBH v. A [2018]

Successful prosecution, on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow of H for failing to comply with two enforcement notices. Secured a substantial confiscation order at sentence in the Crown court.

Other Cases of Note

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.