Dan has a broad practice encompassing commercial disputes, sports law, public law and costs.
He is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in his areas of expertise: the legal directories rank him as a leading barrister in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, international arbitration, professional negligence, sports law and costs litigation. He has also been appointed to the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) and regularly advises and represents the UK Government on a range of legal issues. He is also frequently instructed in cases spanning different aspects of his expertise, such as disciplinary and regulatory matters.
In 2016 he was identified as one of just ten “Stars of the Bar” under 10 years’ call by Legal Week.
Recent comments from Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal include:
- “Absolutely outstanding. He is the complete counsel: he has a brilliant intellect, he's always able to find one extra first-rate point of argument, he's excellent at paperwork and he's a particularly outstanding advocate”
- “His commerciality and passionate advocacy make him stand out from the crowd”
- “A tough opponent, who knows his stuff and will always give you a hard fight”
- “Incredibly user-friendly, innovative and a real details man”
- “An absolute terrier on his feet and a fantastic advocate”
- “Very commercial, very thorough and also very creative”
- “A modern barrister, who offers clients a 360 degree view”
- “He has a fantastic understanding of what solicitors need from a barrister”
- “He delivers a seamless service to clients”
Dan joined 4 New Square after training and practising as a solicitor-advocate at City firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He has also worked as a litigator in the British Virgin Islands for leading offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. One of only a handful of individuals at the Bar with this breadth of litigation experience, he is a team player who is typically instructed against more senior practitioners in substantial disputes in the High Court and in arbitral tribunals or as junior to a QC on bigger cases. Quite exceptionally for a barrister of his year of call, and reflecting his wider litigation experience and the trust placed in him by clients, he has appeared as sole advocate in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
The directories confirm that "his experience belies his call" and that "he goes toe-to-toe" with silks.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of both the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and the British Association for Sport and Law (BASL).
More information about Dan’s specific areas of practice is set out below; further details can be accessed through the links on the left hand side of this page.
Commercial litigation and arbitration
Dan's commercial case-load is broad: he is instructed on all kinds of business disputes, including relating to trade and transactional matters, commercial fraud, financial services, company and partnership fall-outs, corporate insolvency and professional liability in a commercial context. He also has significant experience in relation to urgent injunctive relief. He is highly numerate and, having worked for two investment banks at the start of his career, is comfortable dealing with sophisticated financial instruments and complex corporate structures where necessary.
His international background - a fluent French speaker, he was educated in the French, British and American systems and has worked in London and Paris as well as the Caribbean - means he is also an ideal choice for disputes with a cross-border or overseas element. He has expertise in all aspects of private international law, enjoys engaging with foreign law and has been involved in a number of high-value international arbitrations as well as in claims for enforcement of foreign judgments or arbitral awards.
Dan is a prominent practitioner in this field. A former international standard rowing cox and past member of the British Rowing Council and the Committee of Leander, Britain's leading rowing club, he has first-hand experience of the kinds of legal issues that can arise in sport. He acts for governing bodies, athletes, clubs, agents and other entities on a wide range of (often high profile) contentious and non-contentious matters. He also sits on Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and the Lawn Tennis Association’s Disciplinary Panel.
Public / Governmental Law
Dan has been appointed to the Attorney-General’s Panel of Approved Counsel (B Panel). He accepts instructions to act both for and against the UK Government, and other public bodies, in a variety of disputes often but not always related to his other areas of practice.
As for costs, Dan is a specialist in cases raising novel or difficult legal issues. He has appeared numerous times led and unled in the Senior Courts Costs Office and on appeals to the High Court and beyond, and brings a thorough understanding of the law, detailed research and creative thinking to every instruction. He assisted Lord Justice Jackson with his review of costs in civil litigation and has been involved in numerous matters arising out of the subsequent reforms.
Publications / Academic Background
Dan is recognised as an expert by the journals publishing in his practice areas and has recently written for (amongst others) the Journal of the New York State Bar Association and the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, on topics such as worldwide freezing orders and the cross-border Lehman Brothers insolvency.
Before commencing practice Dan gained prize-winning first class degrees from the University of Edinburgh (incorporating a year at the University of California, Berkeley) and the University of Oxford, where he was elected to a scholarship. He also taught trusts law at the University of Southampton.
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle (London), University of Edinburgh, University of California (Berkeley), University of Oxford (Jesus College), BPP Law School
French (fluent), Spanish (working knowledge)