Practice

Daniel joined Chambers in October 2019 following his pupillage. He is building a practice across the full spectrum of work undertaken by Chambers, including banking and finance, commercial litigation, company and insolvency litigation.

Before coming to the Bar, Daniel worked as a public sector economist for five years, including working as an Economic Advisor at the Competition and Markets Authority and a Senior Associate in the Financial Conduct Authority. He maintains his interest in cases with an economic or financial element.

Practice areas

Banking & finance

Daniel has recently advised individuals on their ability to set aside a  guarantee for mistake. He has appeared as sole counsel in the County Court representing a bridging loan company in relation to a loan in default. His experience also includes:

Singularis v Daiwa – A case before the Supreme Court concerning a stockbroker’s breach of the Quincecare duty. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Andrew de Mestre QC who was led by Jonathan Crow QC in preparing the skeleton argument.

Re: Napier Park – A case concerning the construction of a collateralised loan obligation. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Andrew de Mestre QC in drafting a skeleton argument for the Court of Appeal.

Re: A Bank – A potential claim by the liquidators against its former correspondent banking. As a pupil, Daniel supported Andrew de Mestre QC in preparations for this case.

Fraud – civil

Daniel regularly deals with matters where there are allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and dishonestly. His experience includes:

Re: A v B – Daniel is currently acting as sole counsel in a potential £1m claim for fraud, unlawful means conspiracy and breach of contract.

Autonomy v Lynch – The ongoing $5bn fraud claim about the sale of Autonomy plc. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Sharif Shivji in preparing cross-examination of certain witnesses, and researched points of evidence.

ArcelorMittal v Essar Steel [2019] EWHC 724 (Comm) – A freezing injunction and associated disclosure orders were obtained against individuals and companies associated with the defendant. As a pupil, Daniel researched the scope of and jurisdictional elements relating to Norwich Pharmacal and search orders for Gregory Denton-Cox

Commercial dispute resolution

Daniel is available to offer advice, drafting and representation at any stage of a dispute. He has recently advised a client on the scope of a non-disclosure agreement, and another on their prospects of success in a claim against a local authority for conversion. His experience also includes:

Pedriks v Grimaux – Alleged breach of a mediation settlement. Daniel is currently instructed in this High Court litigation, led by Donald Lilly.

Re: Lucie-Smith – Alleged breach of fiduciary duty. As a pupil, Daniel drafted a defence for Donald Lilly.

Playboy Club v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – A claim for deceit against an Italian bank who provided a credit reference to a casino. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Andrew de Mestre QC to prepare for the Costs and Case Management Conference.

 

Company law

Daniel regularly advises and acts on cases with a company law component, or a statutory cause of action. His experience includes:

Re: Greenbox [2019] EWHC 3161 (Ch) – Led by Alexander Cook, Daniel appeared for the defendant company and its director at the PTR of a trial concerning alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

Re: A Company – Defence to the claim alleging a share issue was for an improper purpose. As a pupil Daniel assisted in the drafting of a defence for Andrew de Mestre QC.

Re: Patel – A shareholder suing both personally and derivatively alleging improper use of funds. As a pupil, Daniel drafted the defence for Donald Lilly.

Re: Compound Photonics – A s.994 Companies Act petition made by a former director of a technology firm who was dismissed. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Donald Lilly, who was led by Orlando Fraser QC.

POCA work & asset forfeiture

As a pupil to Sharif Shivji, Daniel reviewed a s.298 POCA cash seizure application for Advocate. He is currently preparing to give a presentation on the Proceeds of Crime Act to a public body.

Insolvency & restructuring

Daniel is routinely instructed to appear at bankruptcy petitions in the County Court and the High Court. He regularly represents companies and creditors at winding up petitions. He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court representing OFGEM/GEMA in relation to an insolvent energy company. He has offered advice and drafted a s.112 application against a liquidator. The liquidator settled without needing to issue. His experience also includes:

Re: Paul Baxendale-Walker: As a pupil, Daniel researched the application of privilege to trustees in bankruptcy and assisted Donald Lilly to prepare for a s.303 and a delivery-up application, as well as a subsequent application for a wasted costs order.

Re: Kevin Stanford: A series of applications to stay or set aside a bankruptcy petition and subsequent bankruptcy order. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Gregory Denton-Cox who appeared for an interested third party / supporting creditor.

Re: X: An individual died with ongoing matrimonial proceedings and was subsequently declared bankrupt. As a pupil, Daniel assisted Donald Lilly who appeared before a divisional court consisting of a family and a chancery high court judge.

Offshore litigation

Daniel is interested in applying the principles from English law to other jurisdictions. His experience includes:

Advice following the Privy Council judgment in Gany v Khan [2018] UKPC 21 concerning the presumption arising from In re Curteis’ Trusts (1872) LR 14 Eq 217. As a pupil, Daniel drafted an opinion for Donald Lilly.

Daniel conducted research into a potential claim in the DIFC concerning conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty as a pupil for Sharif Shivji.

Daniel researched the scope of the doctrine of ‘just and equitable’ winding up for a potential petition to the Royal Courts of Jersey as a pupil to Gregory Denton-Cox.

Daniel reviewed a solicitor’s draft application for permission to appeal to the Privy Council concerning the scope of ‘forum non conveniens’ in the BVI as a pupil to Sharif Shivji.

Additional info

Career & appointments

2012 – 2014: Fast Stream Economist, Civil Service
2014 – 2016: Economic Advisor, Competition and Markets Authority
2016 – 2017: Senior Associate, Financial Conduct Authority

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Commercial Bar Association

Daniel is on the Advocate volunteer panel and accepts pro bono instructions in appropriate cases.

Education & awards

BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford University
MSc in Economics, University College London (Distinction)
GDL, University of Law (Distinction)
BPTC, City University

Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition Award, Middle Temple
David Pearce Scholarship in Economics, UCL

Publications

Daniel is currently writing a book on bankruptcy law aimed at litigants in person. It will be published by Bath Publishing as part of their ‘Making Law Make Sense’ series in late 2020/early 2021.