Daniel’s focus is on defending and not prosecuting. Daniel has always believed that his primary role as counsel is to represent those that cannot represent themselves and to do it to the best of his ability.
Meticulous in his preparation, Daniel leaves no stone unturned when it comes to brief handling in both his grasp of the facts and legal expertise. He is relaxed and disarming in conference yet he invokes confidence in those that he represents by his ruthless and single minded approach to defending their case. His judgment is impeccable and can be seen in both his approach to cross-examination and delivering his closing speech. When instructed as junior counsel Daniel has established a firm reputation for working tirelessly to ensure his leader has every assistance and support required in the preparation of the case.
As Lead Counsel
Instructed as leading counsel in a 6-week multi-handed case involving the heavily publicised ‘Southall Funfair Murder’ involving conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and violent disorder.
As Led Junior
Led by Oliver Blunt QC, in a case involving a young defendant (16) at the Central Criminal Court charged with beating a homeless man to death.
Led by Charles Sherrard QC in a 3-week attempted murder trial involving a background of the importation of significant quantities of cocaine. The issues centred on eyewitness and expert ballistic evidence (trajectories).
Led by Philippa McAtasney QC in an attempted murder trial involving the significant preparation and cross-examination of the Crown’s blood spatter expert (victim stabbed 14 times).
Multi-Handed Trials (Cases Involving Weapons and Violence) as Junior Alone
Represented the first defendant in a 4-week trial in a 7 handed cut throat trial charged with violent disorder, section 18 GBH and 3 counts of possession of firearms and ammunition.
Represented the first defendant in a 5-week trial involving the supplying of firearms, the defendant charged with possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.
Represented first defendant charged with conspiracy to cause explosions (listed for 6 weeks). Instructed in a 4-week trial, defendant charged with kidnap and blackmail.
Daniel has a wealth of experience in multi-handed ‘Flying Squad’ prosecutions; involving firearms, cash in transit robberies and conspiracy to rob. Regularly instructed in matters concerning possession of weapons and ammunition, including cases with complex arguments of duress and gang membership.
Led by Queen’s Counsel in Operation Hornet (HBOS), a trial lasting 5½ months in a high profile prosecution of directors at HBOS and others arising out of a corruption connected to the impaired assets division over a 4-year period. The case involved a loss of over £1/4 Billon. Represented the defendant at sentence due to leading counsel’s unavailability.
Instructed as led junior in a multi-million-pound fraud and money laundering case involving issues of criminality in foreign jurisdictions revolving around complex company structures.
Instructed as led junior to represent solicitor charged with mortgage fraud in a 2-month trial in Birmingham.
Training and Seminars
‘Confiscation in Crown Court Proceedings and Section 23 Applications’ presented to ‘Her Majesty’s Court Service’s Legal Advisors Forum’. (CPD accredited)
‘Confiscation, Past and Present’: Co-author – presented to solicitors and counsel practising on the Northern Circuit. (CPD accredited)
‘Enforcement of Confiscation Orders in the Magistrates’ Court’: Furnival Chambers Lecture series (CPD accredited)