Professional practice

Daniel is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. During pupillage, Daniel experienced a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration spanning Chambers’ areas of expertise.

Daniel is also developing a public law and human rights practice. Prior to joining Chambers, he provided free legal representation to families challenging permanent school exclusions and he is now an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell. He also has a particular interest in financial regulatory matters, and disputes in the media, art, entertainment, and sport sectors.

Before coming to the Bar, Daniel studied physics and philosophy at Durham University, where he graduated with a First-Class degree. He then completed the GDL, BPTC, and an LLM – for which he was awarded multiple scholarships from Gray’s Inn, City Law School, and UCL.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis.

 

Arbitration & related court applications

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of arbitration cases. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in enforcement proceedings arising out of a $50 billion arbitration award against Russia. [(1) Hulley Enterprises Limited, (2) Yukos Universal Limited, (3) Veteran Petroleum Limited v The Russian Federation [2021] EWHC 894]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute concerning the arbitrability of winding up petitions under Cayman Islands law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of (and principles of law applicable to) a shareholders’ agreement governed by Mauritian law.
  • Assisted and observed Members of Chambers in multiple anti-suit (and anti-anti suit) injunction applications arising out of arbitration clauses contained in insurance policies.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice on applicable law in relation to an arbitration agreement contained in an insurance policy.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute about the performance fees due to a fund management company. The dispute involved assessing whether the International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) had been complied with in a set of accounts.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice regarding a potential challenge to a $58m LCIA arbitration award under s.68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
Banking & financial services

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of banking and financial services work. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of (and principles of Mauritian law applicable to) the shareholders’ agreement of a Mauritian bank.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in enforcement proceedings brought by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) against the senior managers of a privity equity firm operating in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in advising the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on various issues.
Civil fraud & asset recovery

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of civil fraud matters. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in enforcement proceedings arising out of a $50 billion arbitration award against Russia. Russia was found by the tribunal to have unlawfully expropriated the Claimants’ assets. [(1) Hulley Enterprises Limited, (2) Yukos Universal Limited, (3) Veteran Petroleum Limited v The Russian Federation [2021] EWHC 894]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a $1-2 billion fraud claim arising out of dealings in the shares of a substantial Thai renewable energy company.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a $1.5 billion fraud claim between two metals and mining conglomerates.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers throughout the two-week trial of a fraud claim. The dispute raised complex issues of trusts, insolvency, illegality, and South African law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in the relief stage trial of a shareholder dispute concerning a substantial technology company. [Otello Corp ASA v Moore Frères and Co LLC [2020] EWHC 3261 (Ch)]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice on jurisdiction in relation to a multi-million-pound fraud claim arising out of a divorce settlement.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a multi-million-pound fraud dispute involving a Russian fertiliser business.
Commercial chancery disputes

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of commercial chancery disputes. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute concerning the arbitrability of winding up petitions under Cayman Islands law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of (and principles of law applicable to) a shareholders’ agreement governed by Mauritian law. One of the questions raised was whether Mauritian law applied the principle of unilateral termination to shareholders’ agreements.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers throughout the two-week trial of a fraud dispute. The dispute raised complex issues of trusts, insolvency, illegality, and South African law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in the relief stage trial of a shareholder dispute concerning a substantial technology company. [Otello Corp ASA v Moore Frères and Co LLC [2020] EWHC 3261 (Ch)]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice concerning quasi-partnerships, and de facto and shadow directors (under BVI law).
Commercial dispute resolution

 

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of commercial disputes. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute concerning the purchase of a Spanish hotel by a private equity firm. The private equity firm sought to pull out of the deal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute concerning the financing for the purchase of an oil refinery.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to enforcement proceedings following a trial involving a major auction house and an alleged counterfeit painting.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute between the operators of an oil and gas terminal.
Company & insolvency law / corporate recovery

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers with a range of company and insolvency law matters. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in a dispute concerning the arbitrability of winding up petitions under Cayman Islands law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of (and principles of law applicable to) a shareholders’ agreement governed by Mauritian law. One of the questions raised was whether Mauritian law applied the principle of unilateral termination to shareholders’ agreements.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in the two-week trial of a fraud dispute. The dispute raised complex issues of trusts, insolvency, illegality, and South African law.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in the relief stage trial of a shareholder dispute concerning a substantial technology company. [Otello Corp ASA v Moore Frères and Co LLC [2020] EWHC 3261 (Ch)]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice concerning quasi-partnerships, and de facto and shadow directors (under BVI law).
Conflict of laws & private international law

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers in several matters involving questions of private international law. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to an application to stay proceedings under Article 30 of the Recast Brussels Regulation.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice concerning applicable law in relation to an arbitration agreement contained in an insurance policy.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice on jurisdiction and domicile in a multi-million-pound civil fraud claim arising out of a divorce settlement.
Employment

During pupillage, Daniel shadowed a Member of Chambers in relation to multiple claims before the Employment Tribunal. The claims raised issues of disability discrimination, wrongful dismissal, and unfair dismissal.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis in relation to employment law matters.

Energy & natural resources

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers in several cases in the energy and natural resources sector. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in enforcement proceedings arising out of a $50 billion arbitration award against Russia. Russia was found by the tribunal to have unlawfully expropriated the Claimants’ assets. [(1) Hulley Enterprises Limited, (2) Yukos Universal Limited, (3) Veteran Petroleum Limited v The Russian Federation [2021] EWHC 894]
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a $1-2 billion fraud claim arising out of dealings in the shares of a substantial Thai renewable energy company.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a $1.5 billion fraud claim between two metals and mining conglomerates.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute concerning the financing of the purchase of an oil refinery.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to a dispute between the operators of an oil and gas terminal.
Financial Regulatory

Daniel has a particular interest in financial regulatory disputes. During pupillage, he assisted a Member of Chambers in a number of cases in the sector. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in relation to enforcement proceedings brought by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) against the senior managers of a privity equity firm operating in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers in advising the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on various issues.
Human rights & civil liberties

Daniel has a particular interest in human rights and civil liberties matters, and is developing a practice in the field. He is an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis in relation to human rights and civil liberties matters.

Insurance & reinsurance

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers in several insurance-related matters. Examples include:

  • Assisted and observed Members of Chambers in multiple anti-suit (and anti-anti suit) injunction applications arising out of arbitration clauses contained in insurance policies.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an insurance claim concerning currency inconvertibility and the alleged expropriation of monies by the Venezuelan authorities under a political risks policy.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an insurance claim concerning the prolonged detainment of a vessel by the Indonesian navy.
Media, Art, Entertainment & Sport

Daniel has a particular interest in cases relating to the media, art, entertainment, and sport sectors, and is developing a practice in these areas. During pupillage he assisted a Member of Chambers with the enforcement stage of a dispute concerning a major auction house and an alleged counterfeit painting.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis in relation to media, art, entertainment, and sport matters.

 

Offshore litigation

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers in matters involving various foreign laws, including the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, and Mauritius. He assisted Members of Chambers with cases based in, or arising out of, similar jurisdictions.

Public & administrative law

Daniel has a particular interest in public and administrative law matters, and is a developing a practice in the field. Prior to joining Chambers, he provided free legal representation to families challenging permanent school exclusions, and won the Lee Essay Prize at Gray’s Inn with an essay on parliamentary privilege. He is now an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis in relation to public and administrative law matters.

Public international law

During pupillage, Daniel assisted a Member of Chambers with enforcement proceedings arising out of a $50 billion arbitration award against Russia. The proceedings raised issues of state immunity. [(1) Hulley Enterprises Limited, (2) Yukos Universal Limited, (3) Veteran Petroleum Limited v The Russian Federation [2021] EWHC 894]

Daniel is now an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Daniel is happy to advise, and act, on a pro bono basis in relation to public international law matters.

Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)

During pupillage, Daniel assisted a Member of Chambers with an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal in a VAT dispute relating to the reverse charge mechanism.

Shipping & admiralty

During pupillage, Daniel assisted Members of Chambers in multiple cases relating to shipping and the admiralty jurisdiction. Examples include:

  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with an advice relating to a claim brought by the charterers of two cruise liners laid up because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The case raised complex issues of the admiralty jurisdiction.
  • Assisted a Member of Chambers with the defence of an insurance claim arising out of the prolonged detainment of a vessel by the Indonesian navy.
Career

2021: Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2020-2021: Pupil at Essex Court Chambers (supervised by David Peters)

2019: Called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn

Education

2019-2020: LLM in International Commercial Law, University College London

2018-2019: BPTC, City Law School

2017-2018: GDL, City Law School

2014-2017: B.Sc. Natural Sciences (Physics and Philosophy)

Awards

2019: Dean’s Scholarship, University College London

2019: Sweet & Maxwell Prize, Company Law, City Law School

2018: Residential Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

2018: Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn

2018: Postgraduate Scholarship, BPTC, City Law School

2017: Lee Essay Prize, Gray’s Inn

2017: Law Reform Essay Competition, The Bar Council, Runner-Up, GDL Entry

2017: David Karmel Award, Gray’s Inn

2017: Postgraduate Scholarship, GDL, City Law School