As Lead Counsel
- Daniel was recently instructed as lead 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. The case revolved around CCTV, cell site and blood spatter evidence, Daniel was commended for his “eloquent submissions” and his “perfectly pitched” closing speech.
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).
- Daniel was 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.
- Led junior for the second defendant in the heavily reported, 3-month, ‘traveller slavery trial’ lasting. Defending in the first prosecution for Slavery in the UK since the early 19th Century.
- Daniel has significant experience of appearing as a junior alone in multi-handed trials involving serious violence, blackmail and drugs.
- He represented the first defendant in a 7 handed ‘cut throat’ trial charged with violent disorder, section 18 GBH and 3 counts of possession of firearms and ammunition.
- Robbery: Daniel has a wealth of experience in multi-handed ‘Flying Squad’ prosecutions; involving firearms, cash in transit robberies and conspiracy to rob.
- Section 18 and 20 GBH: Including a case, originally investigated as an attempted murder in which a defendant with a serious mental health condition was accused of stabbing an ex partner six times.
- Firearms and ammunition: Daniel has been instructed in matters concerning possession of prohibited weapons and ammunition, including cases with complex arguments of duress and gang membership.
- A particular interest of Daniel’s is the increasingly common and, in his view dangerous, practice of police officers ‘identifying’ defendants from CCTV and the inherent difficulties of asking a jury to identify defendants using the same procedure.
Asset Forfeiture & Confiscation
- A particular area of focus is asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings. Daniel has appeared in confiscation hearings at the Crown Court and is experienced in enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court, in particular where there may be Certificate of Inadequacy or section 23 applications
- He has represented the RCPO in possession applications in the County Court and appeared in ancillary relief proceedings in the High Court and the County Court to give effect to confiscation orders. He has also appeared in contempt of court cases at the High Court where a restraint order has been disobeyed. Daniel has recently appeared as junior counsel in an application to discharge a restraint order in a case involving assets worth over $20 million.
- He has appeared in many cash seizure and forfeiture hearings across the country.