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Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Call: 2012

Dan is a tenacious and persuasive advocate, who prides himself on meticulous attention to detail and excellent client-care skills. His ability to put clients at ease at an early stage of proceedings means that he is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable witnesses or defendants.

Since joining Red Lion Chambers in 2015, his practice has grown rapidly and encompasses the full range of criminal offences, including those of serious violence, dishonesty, drugs and, unusually for someone of his call, sexual offences.

In addition to his thriving defence practice, Dan is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department for Work and Pensions, the National Probation Service and Local Authorities. He is also qualified to accept instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access provisions.


Violent CrimeSexual OffencesFinancial CrimeGeneral CrimeRoad Traffic

Dan has dealt with a wide range of offences of violence, from s18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 through to serious robberies, aggravated burglaries, child cruelty and firearm offences.

  • R v B (2018) Led junior in a case of murder (ongoing).
  • R v G and others (2017) Led by Angela Rafferty QC. Successful prosecution of a case involving a number of serious allegations of child cruelty, with a high volume of documentation, and significant third-party material.
  • R v T (2016) Defended a s20 case with a successful submission of no-case to answer.
  • R v B (2015) Successfully defended a s18 alleged stabbing causing life-threatening injuries. The defendant gave a no comment interview and had been positively identified by the complainant.
  • R v W (2015) Defended a s18 offence. The defendant answered “No Comment” in two police interviews and was positively identified by an eye-witness as being the individual responsible. The defendant’s previous convictions for offences of violence were placed before the jury in evidence.
  • R v P (2015) Client acquitted of witness intimidation following a six-day trial. Under cross-examination, the complainant admitted lying to the court during the course of her evidence. Concurrent proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court were discontinued as a consequence of the jury’s verdict.

Dan prosecutes and defends sexual allegations in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, including allegations of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and possession of indecent images.

  • R v JP (2017) Currently instructed to defend a youth charged with the rape of a 14 year-old girl.
  • R v G and others (2017) Defended in a high-profile attempted “stranger rape” in Ipswich town centre.
  • R v N others (2017) Led by Lori Tucker for the defence in an historic inter-familial child sexual abuse (ongoing).
  • R v E (2017) Client acquitted of sexual assault against his neighbour, a girl aged 16.
  • R v N (2016) Successful prosecution of an individual charged with sexual-assault against his long-term partner. The case involved complex legal argument arising from the defendant’s Section 41 application.
  • R v JP (2016) The defendant, a 16 year-old boy, was acquitted of one count of assault by penetration, said to have been committed against a 10 year-old girl.
  • R v A (2016) Direct-access instruction for a deputy-headmaster of a leading Catholic independent school, charged with a number of offences of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. 
  • R v O (2016) Client acquitted of sexual assault in a nightclub. The jury returned their verdict in under 30 minutes.

Dan has fast-developed a practice in white-collar and corporate crime. He has gained particular experience both prosecuting and defending cases of benefit and mortgage fraud of significant value, often involving a significant page-count. He also has experience of confiscation proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

  •  R v K and others (2017) Led by Peter Gair. Successful prosecution of a high-value, multi-handed investment fraud.
  • R v C (2017) Successful prosecution of an individual charged with offences of theft and fraud by false representation. The defendant was the complainant’s carer and the case involved the withdrawal of significant sums of money from the complainant’s bank account.
  • Tendring District Council v C (2016) Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a case of high-value housing and council tax benefit fraud. The prosecution offered no-evidence on day one of trial.
  • Operation Hornet (2015) Assisted in the disclosure exercise of a high-profile and high-value banking fraud.
  • R v N (2015) Instructed on behalf of the CPS Fraud Division on a benefit-fraud case worth in excess of £26,000. The over-payments occurred over a period of two years.
  • Southend Borough Council v O (2015) Successful prosecution of a defendant charged with housing and council tax benefit fraud. The case involved a high-volume of documentation and legal argument on the admissibility of a previous administrative warning, given by HMRC, in relation to a claim for income support allowance.

Dan has experience in prosecuting offences across the range of criminal offences.

  • R v A (2017) Defended a man of good-character, charged with conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of Class A. The case involved a significant quantity of surveillance evidence and cell-site analysis.
  • R v B (2016) Defended the production of a controlled drug of Class B. This case also involved the consideration of a high-quantity of cell-site analysis.
  • R v D (2015) Prosecution of a Filipino national charged with offences of immigration fraud and bigamy. The case involved complex hearsay and multi-jurisdictional legal argument.
  • R v KE and ET (2015) Partially successful prosecution of two youths, aged 14 and 15, charged with arson. The damage sustained was valued in excess of £210,000.

Dan is regularly instructed to defend in road-traffic matters both in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court on a private or Direct Access basis. He has dealt with allegations ranging from speeding to those of careless and dangerous driving. Dan has gained particular expertise in dealing with exceptional hardship and special reasons argument for professionals for whom the loss of their licence would often mean the loss of their livelihood

  • R v D (2016) Defended a high-profile case of dangerous driving whereby it was alleged that following a lengthy police chase through Essex, the defendant drove through a church-wall and into a graveyard. Notwithstanding the nature of the driving, following Dan’s mitigation, a suspended sentence of imprisonment was imposed.
  • R v S (2016) Driving without insurance. Dan successfully advanced a special reasons argument, resulting in the imposition of just three penalty points as opposed to the usual six.
  • R v O (2015) Exceptional hardship argument on behalf of an NHS doctor, for whom the loss of their licence would have had a catastrophic affect on his employment.



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BA (Hons) History and Politics, 2.1 – University of York

BPTC, Very Competent – Manchester

GDL/LLB (CPE) (Hons), Commendation – BPP Law School

BPP Law School, GDL, Commendation


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South Eastern Circuit

Essex Bar Mess

Criminal Bar Association



Professional Appointments

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Grade 2 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Panel Advocate

Direct Access Accredited