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Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor

Call: 2012

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Dan is a robust and tenacious advocate, with experience of defending and prosecuting in cases across the criminal spectrum, including those of murder, serious violence, sexual offences and large-scale conspiracies. As one of the first to complete the Bar Council vulnerable witness training, many of the cases he is involved in, feature young and/or vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Dan prides himself on his strategic approach to cases, meticulous attention to detail and excellent client care skills. He is pro-active in managing his caseload and is able to provide early advice on charge, evidence and/or sentence. Dan is also happy to hold conferences at any stage of proceedings, with lay and professional clients alike, in person or electronically, if so required.

In addition to his strong defence practice, Dan is a CPS Grade 3 prosecutor and on the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (“RASSO”) list. Dan is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the CPS, in addition to local authorities and regulatory bodies across England and Wales. He is also qualified to accept instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access provisions.

Crime

HomicideViolent crimeSexual offencesGeneral crimeFraud and Corporate CrimeCourts martialAppellate Work

    Homicide

  • R v Breeden (2020) Led by Christopher Paxton QC for the prosecution in a case of soliciting murder. The defendant had sought to persuade four men, to kill her ex-husband. The defendant was convicted after trial.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v M and others (2020) Led by Jeremy Benson QC on behalf of a defendant charged with conspiracy to murder, alongside his brother. The case involved in excess of 20,000 pages of telephone and cell-site evidence.
  • R v Jadeja and others (2019) Junior alone for a defendant charged with assisting an offender, the principle defendant having been charged with murder, arising out of county-lines drug dealing.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v D and others (2019) Junior alone for a defendant charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to cause GBH, arising out of a shooting at a travellers’ site. Following extensive legal argument, at the close of their case, the prosecution accepted a plea to conspiracy to commit violent disorder, in satisfactory resolution of the indictment.
  • R v Nazir (2018) Led by Angela Rafferty QC, for the prosecution of a case involving offences of murder and attempted murder. The defendant was convicted after trial.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v Belarbi (2018) Led by Angela Rafferty QC, on behalf of a defendant charged with murder, having stabbed the deceased 65 times. On the first day of trial, the prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The judge imposed an order under s45A of the Mental Health Act 1983, rather than a sentence of life imprisonment.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

Violent Crime

  • R v MS and others (2020) Defence of a youth, charged with others, with a series of armed robberies across the county of Bedfordshire. The case remains ongoing.
  • R v G and others (2020) Defence of an individual charged with firearm offences, robbery and kindnap. The case remains ongoing.
  • R v G (2019) Defence of a young man, with learning difficulties, charged with a s18 multiple stabbing.
  • R v Ejelu and others (2018) Led by Jamie Sawyer for the prosecution of seven defendants charged with aggravated burglary and robbery. All defendants were convicted following a six-week trial and sentenced to a total of 127 years imprisonment.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v J (2018) Led by Christopher Paxton QC for the prosecution of a man who was alleged to have sent an improvised explosive device (‘IED”) to his step-mother’s house. The case involved complex evidence from a Home Office accredited expert on explosives.
  • R v H (2017) Successful defence of a man charged with a S18 multiple stabbing.
  • R v Gatland and others (2018) Led by Angela Rafferty QC for the prosecution in a case involving allegations of child cruelty, described by the Trial Judge as “sadistic”. The case involved evidence from a five-year-old girl, with a cocktail of special-measures.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v B (2015) Successful defence of a man charged with a S18 multiple stabbing, in the context of what alleged to have been a disagreement over drugs, between rival gangs.

Sexual Offences

  • R v C (2020) Defence of an elderly man, with significant physical and mental health difficulties, charged with multiple historic sex offences against his granddaughter. The case remains ongoing.
  • R v R (2020) Prosecution of a man charged with inciting numerous underage girls, to engage in sexual activity. The case involves a significant quantity of expert technical evidence and remains ongoing.
  • R v K (2019) Defence of a man charged with historic sex-offences, involving underage girls. The case was prosecuted by a silk. The defendant was acquitted at trial.
  • R v Carson (2019) Led by Jeremy Benson QC for the prosecution in a case inveigle allegations of historic sexual abuse, made against a high-profile football coach. The case involved a significant quantity of third-party material dating back over 40 years. The defendant committed suicide on the first day of his trial.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v G (2017) Defence of a Romanian man charged with the attempted rape of a stranger, in Ipswich town-centre. The case attracted considerable local media attention.
  • R v N and others (2017) Led by Lori Tucker for the defendant in a multi-handed case, alleging historic inter-familiar child sexual abuse. The defendant had an IQ of 43 and had been formally diagnosed with ‘paedophilia’. Following extensive legal argument over four days, the prosecution offered no evidence against the defendant.
  • R v JP (2017) Defence of a youth charged with rape. The prosecution accepted a plea to a s9 offence on the first day of trial. The defendant received a community order.
  • R v JP (2016) Successful defence of a youth charged with assault by penetration. The case involved a careful cross-examination of the 10 year old complainant, during which she accepted that she might have dreamt the incident.

General Crime

  • R v O and others (2020) Instructed on behalf of a defendant in a multi-handed drugs-conspiracy, investigated by the Metropolitan Police ‘Flying Squad’. The case, which remains ongoing, involves thousands of pages of telephone and cell-site evidence and significant quantities of CCTV footage.
  • R v B and others (2020) Led by Laura Kenyon for the prosecution, in a multi-handed case involving a police ‘Test Purchase’ operation in East London. The case remains ongoing.
  • R v J and others (2020) Instructed on behalf of the lead-defendant in a multi-handed drugs conspiracy. The case, which remains ongoing, is linked to a murder trial, which concluded in 2019.
  • R v Haji and others (2019) Successful defence of an Iraqi national charged with laundering in excess of £150,000 into the UK.
  • R v N and others (2019) Led by Laura Kenyon for the prosecution, in a multi-handed case, involving numerous ‘Millenium’ burglaries committed across a number of counties, across the South East of England. All defendants were convicted.
  • R v Tandy (2018) Successful prosecution of a lady charged with death by dangerous driving.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

  • R v Syberi and others (2018) Defence of an individual charged with conspiracy to remove criminal property from the UK. Although the value of the laundered money was in excess of £7 million, Dan’s client received a sentence a little in excess of two-year imprisonment.
    [PRESS REPORT [ITV]]

  • R v Oakley and others (2018) Defence of a man charged with conspiracy to burgle. The case concerned in excess of 250 dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries, committed across five counties, over the course of 11 months. There were in excess of 20,000 pages of served evidence.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

Fraud and Corporate Crime

  • R v Hendricks and others (2019) Led by Rufus D’Cruz for the prosecution in a multi-handed, high value MoD fraud, concerning the manipulation of JPA accounts, used by the MoD, governmental and UK service personnel, including UK special forces. All defendants were convicted after trial.
    [PRESS REPORT [Daily Mail]]

  • R v Jeal and others (2018) Led by Jane Oldfield, in a case prosecuted by the East of England CCT, concerning two ‘boiler room’ frauds, purporting to sell diamonds and binary trades. The value of the frauds was in the region of £500,000. 12 of the 13 defendants were convicted, over the course of four trials, including a character from the reality TV show, ‘The Only Way is Essex’.
    [PRESS REPORT [Daily Mail]]

  • R v K and others (2017) Led by Peter Gair for the prosecution in a case involving a high-value, rare-earth metal investment fraud.

    Operation Hornet (2015) Assisted in the disclosure exercise of a high-profile, high-value banking fraud, involving employees HBOS.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]

Court Martial

  • R v J (2019) Defence of a Chief Petty Officer charged with negligently performing a duty
  • R v W (2018) Successful defence of an RAF Corporal charged with offences of GBH and ABH. The defendant was acquitted following a half-time submission on the issue of identification.
  • R v J (2018) Defence of a private in the Parachute regiment charged with GBH on a taxi-driver.
  • R v Y (2018) Instructed on a private basis, on behalf of an Army Sergeant, charged with breach of curfew whilst on tour in Kenya. Following extensive and detailed written submissions to the SPA, proceedings against the defendant were discontinued.


Appellate Work

  • R v LT (2019) EWCA Crim 58 Successful appeal against a terminating ruling. The Court of Appeal determined that the Judge at first instance had wrongly excluded identification evidence, having incorrectly interpreted the provisions of Alexander and McGill and McCullough, concerning identifications through social media. The defendant was convicted following a re-trial.
  • R v Gheorghe (2018) Appeal against sentence for a defendant convicted of attempted rape. 12 years imprisonment was reduced to 10 years imprisonment, on the basis that the Judge had given insufficient discount for the offence being an attempt.
    [PRESS REPORT [BBC]]


Education

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2012- BPTC, Manchester

2011- CPE, BPP Law School

2009- BA (Hons) History and Politics, University of York

Memberships

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Gray’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Essex Bar Mess

Publications, Lectures and Training

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Lexis PSL Corporate Crime- Contributing Author (2016)

Professional Appointments

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CPS Panel Advocate – Grade 3

Direct Access Barrister