Daniel has a broad practice across Chambers’ core areas of expertise, with a particular emphasis on disputes with an international dimension. As a pupil he experienced a wide range of matters, including commercial litigation, insolvency and company law, travel law, and public law. Since commencing practice, Daniel regularly appears as sole counsel in the County Court and High Court.
Before joining 3 Hare Court, Daniel read for a joint degree in International Relations and Modern History at St Andrews, followed by an accelerated law degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was called to the Bar as a Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray’s Inn.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Daniel has experience across a range of commercial litigation, including civil fraud and contractual claims. Since starting tenancy his work has included advice, pleadings, skeleton arguments and regular court appearances in substantive and interlocutory hearings. He also has experience working in-house at solicitors’ firms, having spent several months on secondment to the commercial litigation department of Peters & Peters LLP. Recently Daniel advised (as junior counsel to Richard Samuel) in an ICC arbitration concerning railway infrastructure supply contracts.
Cases Daniel worked on during pupillage include:
- National Bank Trust v Yurov & Ors (ongoing): a claim by a Russian bank alleging misappropriation of US$1 billion in assets against its former directors and shareholders. Assisted Simon Davenport QC, and Tom Poole, acting for the defendants in a security for costs application.
- Tenaga Nasional Berhad v Frazer-Nash Research  EWHC 1848 (QB): a claim by a state-owned manufacturing company in relation to the collapse of a Malaysian joint venture. Assisted Richard Samuel acting for the claimants in an application seeking permission to register foreign judgments under the Administration of Justice Act 1920.
- Assisted Peter Knox QC acting in an application for an interim injunction in the Privy Council as part of a dispute concerning a contract to operate onshore oil fields
Daniel regularly appears in the Insolvency and Companies List and acts in applications to set aside statutory demands. During pupillage he assisted in a number of claims including shareholder disputes and claims against delinquent directors and administrators including:
- Re One Blackfriars Ltd; Hyde v Bannon : a multi-million pound claim against former administrators of a company. Assisted Simon Davenport QC and Tom Poole in successfully resisting an interlocutory application that concerned the relationship between the CPR and Insolvency Rules.
- Drafting an advice on whether minority shareholders were able to challenge an alteration to a company’s articles.
- Drafting a skeleton argument for a multi-day trial regarding breach of directors’ duties
In addition, Daniel regularly acts in landlord and tenant disputes and has experience with claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. During pupillage Daniel gained experience of Chambers’ broader Chancery work including:
- Barrow & anor v Kazim & ors : Assisted Asela Wijeyaratne in preparing for an appeal concerning the proper construction of “landlord” for the purpose of section 21 notices.
- Assisted with advice and particulars of claim in relation to a high-value breach of trust claim which raised difficult jurisdictional issues.
- Assisted James Guthrie QC with advice on title to a Middle Eastern antiquity.
Travel Litigation and Personal Injury
Daniel has experience acting and advising in claims under the Package Travel Regulations and the Montreal and Athens Conventions. He regularly appears for the airline in County Court claims by passengers for compensation under Regulation 261/2004. During pupillage he assisted in a number of personal injury claims involving jurisdictional and conflicts of law issues.
Public and Constitutional Law
Daniel has gained experience across a range of public law matters. During pupillage he assisted in cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
- International Relations and Modern History (First Class), University of St Andrews
- Jurisprudence, with Senior Status, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Awards & Prizes
- Negotiation Prize, University of Law (2017)
- Advocacy Scholarship, University of Law (2016)
- Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2016)
- Shearman & Sterling Moot Competition (judged by Lord Wilson), Winner, University of Oxford (2015)
- Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Law Mooting Championship (judged by Lord Phillips), Runner-Up, University of Oxford (2014)
- Lawyers Without Borders Rule of Law Innovation Competition, Winner (2014)
- CPE Award, Gray’s Inn (2013)
- Dean’s List for Academic Excellence: Senior Honours, University of St Andrews (2013)
- Dean’s List for Academic Excellence: Junior Honours, University of St Andrews (2012)
- History Faculty Book Prize, University of St Andrews (2011)
- Commercial Bar Association
- Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association