Dan is a tenacious and persuasive advocate, who prides himself on his meticulous attention to detail and excellent client-care skills. He was among the first group of individuals to complete the Bar Council vulnerable witness training and is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable witnesses or defendants.
In recent years, Dan’s practice has grown rapidly and now encompasses a broad range of criminal offences including those of murder, serious violence, dishonesty, large-scale drug conspiracies and sexual offences, both as a led junior and junior alone.
In addition to his thriving defence practice, Dan is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, for whom he is a Grade 3 prosecutor, local authorities and regulatory bodies across the UK. He is also qualified to accept instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access provisions.
HomicideViolent crimeSexual offencesFraudGeneral crimeCourts martial
Dan now receives instructions for the prosecution and defence in cases of murder, attempted-murder and manslaughter.
- Operation Header (2019) – Currently instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to cause GBH. The case is being prosecuted by the East Midlands CCU.
- R v KN (2018) – Led junior in a case prosecuted by the East of England CCU, involving offences of murder and attempted murder. [reported BBC]
- R v MB (2018) Led junior for the defendant, who was charged with murder, having stabbed the deceased 65 times. The prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility on day one of trial. The judge imposed an order under section 45A of the Mental Health Act 1983, rather than a sentence of life imprisonment. [reported BBC]
Dan has dealt with a range of offences of serious violence for the prosecution and defence as a led junior and junior alone, including those of GBH, aggravated burglaries and offences involving firearms.
- R v BG (2019) – Currently instructed on behalf of a young defendant, awaiting trial for a section 18 stabbing and ABH.
- Operation Mace (2019) – Led junior in a case prosecuted by the East of England CCU, involving seven defendants charged with aggravated burglary and robbery. All defendants were convicted after trial and sentenced to a total of 127 years imprisonment. [reported BBC]
- R v WJ (2018) – R v WJ (2018)- Led junior for the prosecution in the case of a man who was alleged to have sent an IED to his step-mother’s house.
- R v AH (2017) – Acquittal of a defendant charged with a section 18 multiple stabbing, on the basis of self-defence.
- R v GG (2017) – Led junior for the prosecution in a case involving grave allegations of child cruelty. In his sentencing remarks, the trial judge described the defendant’s behaviour as “sadistic”. [reported BBC]
- R v TB (2015) – Acquittal of a defendant charged with a section 18 multiple stabbing. The defendant was positively identified as the individual responsible for the attack, answered no-comment in his police interview and had previous convictions for violence, which were admitted in evidence.
Dan prosecutes and defends sexual allegations, including allegations of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and possession of indecent images. Such cases often involve the examination of young and/or vulnerable witnesses.
- R v SC (2019) – Successful defence of a man charged with indecent exposure. The defendant’s previous convictions for like offences were admitted in evidence.
- R v KC (2019) – Led junior for the prosecution, in a case involving allegations of historic sexual abuse by a high-profile football coach. The defendant died on the first day of his trial. [reported BBC]
- R v DG & another (2017) – Instructed on behalf of a Romanian man charged with the attempted rape of a stranger in Ipswich town centre. The case attracted considerable local media attention. The defendant’s sentence was reduced from 12 to 10 years imprisonment on appeal. [reported BBC]
- R v JP (2017) – Defence of a youth charged with rape. The prosecution accepted a plea to a section 9 offence as a satisfactory alternative on day one of trial. The defendant was sentenced to a community order.
- R v GN & others (2017)– Led junior for the defendant in a case involving historic inter-familiar child sexual abuse. The defendant had an IQ of 43 and was diagnosed with ‘paedophilia’. Following extensive legal argument over four days, the prosecution offered no-evidence on all counts.
- R v PA (2016) – Instructed on behalf of a deputy headmaster of a leading Catholic independent day school, charged with offences of making indecent images of children. The case received considerable national press attention. [reported BBC]
- R v JP (2016) – Successful defence of a youth charged with one count of assault by penetration, said to have been committed against a 10 year-old girl.
Dan has fast developed a practice in white-collar and corporate crime. He has gained particular experience of prosecuting and defending high-value cases of benefit and mortgage fraud, in addition to large-scale conspiracies and proceedings under POCA 2002.
- Operation Wastebasket (2019) – Led junior for the prosecution in a multi-handed, high-value fraud case, concerning the manipulation of the Joint Personnel Administration system, used by the Ministry of Defence, governmental and service-personnel. One defendant pleaded guilty at PTPH and the remaining four were convicted after trial. [reported Daily Mail]
- Operation Sabbath (2018) – Led junior in a case prosecuted by the East of England CCU, which concerned two ‘boiler room’ frauds, purporting to sell coloured diamonds and binary trades. The value of the frauds was in excess of £500,000. 12 of the 13 defendants were convicted.
- Operation Solitaire (2017) – Led junior in a case involving four defendants and a high-value, rare-metal investment fraud. The main conspirator received a sentence of six years imprisonment.
- Tendring District Council v AC (2016} – Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a case involving 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, high-value banking fraud involving employees of HBOS. [reported BBC]
Dan prosecutes and defends a variety of cases on a daily basis in the Crown Court.
- R v SZ (2019) – Currently instructed on behalf of the prosecution in a case involving offences under the Immigration Act 1971.
- R v KV (2019) – Acquittal of a young man charged with offences involving threats made with a firearm.
- R v KT (2018) – Prosecution of a lady charged with death by dangerous driving. [reported BBC]
- R v RL and another (2018) – Successful prosecution of two individuals charged with a high-value dwelling burglary. The case involved a significant quantity of cell-site and surveillance evidence.
- R v JO (2018) – Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with conspiracy to burgle. The case concerned over 250 burglaries committed over the course of 11 months. [reported BBC]
- R v PA (2017) – Instructed on behalf of a defendant charged with large-scale conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of Class A. The defendant received a sentence of 18 months imprisonment, after trial.
Dan has military experience and is regularly instructed in cases involving service personnel across all branches of the armed forces.
- R v PW (2018) – Appeared on behalf of an RAF corporal charged with offences of ABH and S18 GBH. The defendant was acquitted of both counts following a half-time submission on the issue of identification.
- R v TJ (2018) – Represented a member of the Parachute Regiment charged with ABH on a taxi-driver.
- R v PY (2018) – Instructed on a private basis for an army sergeant, charged with breach of curfew whilst on tour in Kenya. Following extensive and detailed written submissions to the Service Prosecuting Authority, proceedings against the defendant were discontinued.