Dan has a broad practice encompassing commercial disputes, sports law, public law and costs. He is also frequently instructed in cases spanning different aspects of his expertise, such as disciplinary and regulatory matters.
He is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in his areas of specialism: 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.
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 (called to the BVI Bar in 2009). 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.