"Technically excellent and a fantastic advocate. He grasps the key issues and generates confidence in clients, witnesses and judges. . . He's very personable, really good with witnesses and has a subtle manner that goes down well with judges. He is very approachable and down-to-earth." - Chambers and Partners 2019
'‘Highly experienced in cases involving catastrophic injuries.'’ - The Legal 500 2019
Dan has specialised in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work for over 20 years. As a Senior Junior who is frequently instructed in place of leading Counsel, his nationwide practice is equally spread between Claimants and Defendants.
He is listed as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
He is ranked in Chambers UK Bar as a leading junior.
He has sat as a Recorder (Civil) for over a decade.
He has been an Associate Editor of Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence.
Dan has a wealth of experience in such cases including complex issues concerning the limits of statutory duties, joinder, contribution, jurisdiction and insurance issues. He is routinely instructed in cases involving British Coal, British Steel (Tata), and the Emergency Services. He is also well versed in the sensitive issues surrounding stress / bullying claims. Cases within the last 6 months include a GLO concerning the provision of work equipment within National Supermarket chains.
Claims of Maximum Severity
Dan regularly acts in brain injury, catastrophic spinal injury and amputation cases. He is able to provide practical advice from the very outset of a claim, through to conclusion, whether at a JSM / Mediation or in the Higher Courts. He regularly appears before the CICA. Cases within the last 6 months include the £1m approval of a brain injured cyclist following an RTA and an alleged career ending PTSD claim (brought by a Prison Officer) following a particularly brutal murder in a prison.
Dan has considerable experience in clinical negligence cases and has acted both for Claimants and Medical Defence Organisations. He has dealt with claims of significant misdiagnosis in a variety of areas including the failure to diagnose cancer and the consequences of the misdiagnosis of cancer. He has also dealt with numerous cases of dental negligence. Cases within the last 6 months includes a death in a care home as a result of (alleged) medical malpractice and missed cancer diagnoses.
Occupational Disease including Limitation
Dan is regularly instructed in all types of occupational disease cases such as HAVS, WRULD, deafness and dust diseases. Within the last 6 months he has acted in numerous substantive and limitation hearings, including many in the Appellate jurisdiction. He has particular expertise in asbestos related litigation.
Dan has extensive experience in all areas of Civil Fraud primarily (but not exclusively) in relation to Road Traffic Accidents. He is highly experienced nationwide in cases involving alleged staged and induced accidents, Low Velocity Impact, bogus passengers and phantom witnesses, and exaggerated personal injury and damage.
Regulatory and Licensing
Dan has a substantial regulatory and disciplinary practice and further deals with all aspects of licensing (appearing on behalf of the Trade and local Councils). He has particular experience of applications concerning pubs / clubs, gaming centres / casinos, and all forms of taxi licensing.
Dan routinely attends at Inquests, the CICA and is regularly involved in cases involving the MIB.
Early Neutral Evaluation
As an experienced Recorder in civil litigation Dan accepts joint instructions from parties to disputes seeking an early indication of the potential ruling of a court on a claim as a whole or a discrete point. Dan’s evaluations are pragmatic and constructive, and are aimed at assisting parties in moving forward to explore settlement or alternative dispute resolution options.
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019
“Technically excellent and a fantastic advocate. He grasps the key issues and generates confidence in clients, witnesses and judges.” “He’s very personable, really good with witnesses and has a subtle manner that goes down well with judges. He is very approachable and down-to-earth.”
The Legal 500 2019
‘Highly experienced in cases involving catastrophic injuries.’
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018
“As a court operator, he is top-drawer.”
The Legal 500 2017
He is “recommended for cases involving catastrophic injuries and/or fatalities.”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017
“A good operator who is very personable, very thoughtful and very careful.” “A very good advocate and a very well-prepared opponent.”
The Legal 500 2016
“He has great attention to detail and is able to come up with creative solutions.”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2016
“He’s very thorough, very responsive to queries and deals with papers very quickly. He is very organised and has a nice manner with clients.”
“He is very approachable, very amendable and very good on his feet in court.”
The Legal 500 2015
“He possesses a very sharp mind”
Dan has recently lectured in the following topics:
- Fundamental Dishonesty
- Contributory Negligence
- Causation in Clinical Negligence
- Periodic Payments
- The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act
- Ogden 7 – analysing future loss
- Fatal Accidents – pitfalls
- Recorder (Civil)
- Hardwicke Scholar, Lincolns Inn
- Sunley Scholar, Lincolns Inn
- Diploma in Law (City University)
- BA (Hons) (Ebor)