Daniel is recognised by the Legal 500 (International) as a Leading Junior and specialises in most areas of chancery and commercial work both in England and in a number of off-shore jurisdictions. He has a particular interest in shareholder, partnership, and joint venture disputes, as well as property litigation, trust matters, and insolvency.
He has recent High Court trial and cross-examination experience having acted (as sole counsel) for the successful claimant in a 4 day trial in the Mercantile Court in London Executive Aviation v The Lily Partnership  EWHC 1308 (Comm), a dispute concerning sums due under an aircraft management agreement. He recently completed a 4 day trial in the Chancery Division in which he acted for the defendant (also as sole counsel) in a dispute concerning the beneficial ownership of a company operating a business in the recycling sector in Hadfield v Cooke  EWHC 3480 (Ch).
As well as trial advocacy, Daniel has substantial experience in dealing with applications raising complex legal and factual issues including jurisdiction and forum challenges, applications for injunctive relief, and summary judgment and strike-out applications.
Daniel is also happy to work as part of a team and he has been instructed as junior counsel in a number of high profile and high value disputes.
Some examples of Daniel’s recent work include:
Investec v Glenalla (on-going): Daniel acts (with David Brownbill QC) for the liquidators of four BVI companies in a long running dispute (presently before the Guernsey Court of Appeal) concerning a claim by the liquidators for more than £180m against the former trustees of a Jersey trust. The proceedings raise complex issues relating to the rights of trust creditors to enforce their claims against trustees and trust assets, conflicts of laws, and unjust enrichment.
- Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA v Director of the Serious Fraud Office  EWHC 266 (Comm): Daniel acted (with David Brownbill QC) for the successful respondent in resisting a heavy application in the Commercial Court for permission to make collateral use of disclosure documents pursuant to CPR 31.22.
- Crociani v Crociani  UKPC 40: Daniel appeared (with David Brownbill QC and Edward Cumming) for the appellants in the Privy Council in an appeal from the Jersey Court of Appeal concerning the construction of jurisdiction clauses in trusts and the effect of such clauses.
- Newmarket Holdings v Confiance (on-going): Daniel acts (with Elspeth Talbot Rice QC) for the claimant in a multi-million pound property joint venture dispute in the Chancery Division.
- Janus Capital Management v Safeguard World International  EWHC 1355 (Ch): Daniel acted (with Francis Tregear QC Alexander Pelling) for the successful defendant payroll service provider in a multi-million pound claim in the Chancery Division in relation to alleged overpayments for currency exchange and payment services. All of the claims were dismissed following an 11 day trial on liability in the Chancery Division.
- Christofi v National Bank of Greece  EWHC 986 (QB);  1 WLR 5405: Daniel acted for the appellant in the leading reported case on applications to extend time to appeal against the registration of a judgment under the Brussels I Regulation (Regulation (EC) 44/2001). The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal.
- Renova v Emmerson: Daniel acted (with Robert Levy QC) in a US$500 million joint venture dispute in the BVI Commercial Court concerning interests in Russian energy companies.
- Catch a Ride v Gardner  EWHC 1220 (Ch): Daniel acted for the respondents in relation to an application for an injunction and the appointment of a receiver in relation to a dispute concerning the management of a Limited Liability Partnership.
- Re Euromaster Ltd  EWHC 2356 (Ch);  Bus LR 466: Daniel acted for the administrators of a company who had been defectively appointed out of Court, successfully obtaining a declaration that the administrators had been validly appointed. This is one of the leading reported cases on the consequences of a defect in the appointment of an administrator.
Re Care Matters Partnership Ltd  EWHC 2543 (Ch);  2 BCLC 311: Daniel acted for the directors of a company who had defectively appointed an administrator. This is one of the leading cases on applications for the retrospective appointment of an administrator.
Unusually for one of his call, Daniel also has significant off-shore experience, having undertaken a secondment with a leading law firm in Guernsey. He also has substantial experience of litigation in Jersey, Isle of Man, BVI, Cayman, and the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”).
Daniel is one of only a small number of junior barristers called to the BVI bar so that his fees are recoverable as a disbursement following the decision of the BVI Court of Appeal Shrimpton v Scriven & Ors BVIHCMAP 2016/0031.
He also has particular expertise on procedural matters relating to the DIFC having drafted guidance for the DIFC Court’s e-filing automated response system which provides assistance on the procedural steps required in the course of DIFC proceedings in accordance with the Rules of the DIFC Court. Daniel was also instructed by the Registrar of the DIFC court to assist in the preparation of a paper setting out the DIFC court’s guidance on issues relating to the enforcement of DIFC judgments outside of the DIFC.
His particular experience can be seen by clicking on the areas of practice shown below.