The focus of Daniel’s practice is commercial litigation. His practice encompasses, in particular, international fraud and asset recovery, arbitration, financial services and media. Daniel has particular expertise in urgent interim relief and has appeared in many high profile applications in the High Court and the BVI Commercial Court.

Legal 500 - Commercial Litigation - Top Ten Under Eight Years' Call - in 2018 Daniel was recognised  as one of the top ten Commercial Litigation juniors under 8 years' call, Legal 500 noting that he is "A superb and tenacious advocate, his written work is always of the highest standard"

Daniel is recognised in the latest editions of Legal 500 for his expertise in Civil Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Regulation and Media & Entertainment. Key recent quotes include: 

  • "Daniel is a formidable junior, extraordinarily bright, yet unassuming – he is a secret weapon. He presents the most complex and technical issues clearly and simply."- Legal 500, 2023
  • "Daniel is a superb barrister, responsive, insightful and thorough."- Legal 500, 2022
  • "Extremely bright and very accessible, Daniel offers creative solutions to complex problems. He is very impressive."- Legal 500, 2021

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Commercial

Daniel has been instructed on a broad range of high value commercial litigation, regularly appears in all divisions of the High Court and has appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal. He is also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, BVI and has appeared in the BVI Commercial Court and the ECSC Court of Appeal.

The 2018 edition of the Legal 500 listed Daniel as one of the top ten juniors in commercial litigation under eight years call. 

Daniel advises and acts across a range of industry sectors and has particular experience of commercial litigation involving international fraud and asset recovery work.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Daniel is frequently instructed in large-scale civil fraud disputes including complex financial frauds, bribery and data theft and recovery.

Daniel also has a substantial practice in the field of injunctive relief and has acted in some of the most high-profile commercial injunctions before the Courts in recent years.

He frequently acts (both as sole counsel and led) in applications for worldwide freezing orders, search orders, proprietary injunctions, computer imaging orders, delivery up and Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust disclosure orders, anti-suit injunctions and in applications brought to enforce such orders including applications for unless orders and committal. Such applications have arisen in a variety of contexts including global cyber fraud, misappropriation of assets by employees and theft of confidential information. Many of Daniel's instructions in this regard are confidential. 

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Arbitration

Daniel has been instructed, both as a junior and as sole counsel, in relation to a number of substantial domestic and international arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and HKIA rules. Daniel's experience has included acting for a party to a Hong Kong Joint Venture in respect of a HK$6 billion construction project in Macau (with Lord Pannick QC) and acting successfully as sole counsel in a  multi-million pound ICC arbitration involving the trade of non-ferrous metals.

He is also experienced in High Court applications brought in support of arbitral proceedings including anti-suit injunctions, urgent interlocutory injunctions and challenges under s.67 and .68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

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Financial Services & Banking

Daniel regularly acts for and against banks, IFAs and private individuals in proceedings involving substantial corporate finance transactions and the provision of investment and financial advice.

Recent work has included acting for the hedge fund BlueCrest Capital in challenging a Decision Notice concerning breaches of PRIN 8 the Upper Tribunal and acting for the FCA in the six-week trial before the Upper Tribunal against former directors of the structured investment firm Keydata in which the FCA levied record fines of £75 million.

In 2012, Daniel was seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority for 5 months during which time he worked in the Enforcement Division. 

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Offshore

Since 2017, Daniel has been acting as the second of four junior counsel for the Claimants (and for most of the Claimants by way of Counterclaim and Ancillary Claim) in the Emmerson litigation: a US$1 billion Claim in the BVI Commercial Court concerning a joint venture in relation to various power generation and distribution assets in Russia. The Claimants are all companies owned by the Russian billionaire and ex-Russian Minister Mikhail Abyzov. The Defendants are owed by the Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.  

Daniel has acted for the Claimants in a large number of interlocutory applications including applications for anti-suit injunctions, a world-wide freezing order (and related relief) in the sum of some US$3 billion, security for costs and various jurisdiction challenges. Daniel has further acted on appeals to the BVI Court of Appeal and Privy Council. 

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Media & Entertainment

Daniel has been involved in a variety of cases within the sphere of Media and Entertainment and has acted for and against a range of musical artists, composers and producers including 50 Cent, Dizzee Rascal, Heather Small and The Fall.

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Sport

Daniel has been instructed on a broad range of sporting disputes, including civil and commercial litigation, agency and commercial disputes and disciplinary proceedings before sports governing bodies.

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Achievements

Education

MA (Cantab); SM (MIT) (Kennedy Scholar)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Major Scholar of the Inner Temple for GDL (2008) and BPTC (2010)
  • MIT Graduate Fellow (2006)
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholar (funded study at MIT and Harvard University) (2005)
  • Jesus College, Cambridge Senior Scholar (2004)

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