Daniel 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.
Daniel is recommended as a leading junior across his primary areas of practice, being ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar (2022) for Chancery: Commercial, and by Legal 500 (2022) for Private Client: Trusts and Probate, Offshore, Company and Partnership, and Insolvency. The directories note that he is “unrelenting in ensuring no stone is left unturned when considering the client’s best interests” and that he is “across the detail, calm under fire and extremely user-friendly“. He is described as “a great advocate” and “incredibly assiduous and exceptionally smart”, and it is said that “his ability is already superior to many barristers of higher seniority and solicitors would have absolutely no problem to instruct him as sole advocate against a silk on the opposite side”. He is also praised for his “brilliant mastery of the factual issues and encyclopaedic knowledge of the applicable law”.
He has appeared in some of the most significant cases in his areas of expertise in recent years including Investec v Glenalla  AC 271 (the leading case on trustee liability to third party creditors) and Chu v Lau  1 WLR 4656 (the leading case on just and equitable winding up on the ‘deadlock’ ground).
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.
He also has significant experience working on cases in the BVI, Cayman, Bermuda, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey. 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.
Some examples of Daniel’s recent work include:
- Invest Bank v El-Husseini  EWHC 894 (Comm): Daniel acted for defendants on a jurisdiction challenge in the Commercial Court in which it was held that various claims under s.423 IA 1986 and as to the beneficial ownership of UK properties and shares did not, as formulated by the Claimant, raise a serious issue to be tried.
- Chu v Lau  UKPC 24;  1 WLR 4656: Daniel acted (with Philip Jones QC) for the appellant before the Privy Council in the leading modern case on just and equitable winding up on the ‘deadlock’ ground.
- Pleshakov v Sky Stream  UKPC 15: Daniel acted (with Robert Levy QC) for the successful appellant in an appeal before the Privy Council concerning the beneficial ownership of shares in a BVI company.
- St John’s Trust Company (PVT) Ltd v Watlington (2020) 96 WIR 175: Daniel acted (with David Brownbill QC) in a dispute concerning the management of a private trust company which has acted as trustee of a very valuable Bermudian discretionary trust.
- Investec v Glenalla  UKPC 7;  AC 271: Daniel acted (with Ewan McQuater QC) for the liquidators of four BVI companies in a long running dispute concerning a claim by the liquidators for more than £180m against the former trustees of a Jersey law trust. The proceedings raised complex issues relating to the rights of trust creditors to enforce their claims against trustees and trust assets, conflicts of laws, and unjust enrichment. It is now the leading case on trustee liability to third party creditors.
- Paraskevaides v Citco  ECSC J0330-5: Daniel acted (with Vernon Flynn QC) for the appellants before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in a complex dispute concerning the management of BVI holding companies.
- Perry v Lopag (Cayman Grand Court) (on-going): Daniel acts (with David Brownbill QC) for the plaintiffs in a dispute concerning the ownership of a Cayman company in which the plaintiffs seek to set aside the transfer of the single issued share in the company to a Liechtenstein fiduciary on grounds of mistake and breach of Israeli matrimonial property rights.
- Christofi v National Bank of Greece  EWCA Civ 413;  1 WLR 1435: Daniel acted for the appellant in the Court of Appeal in the leading case on applications to extend time to appeal against the registration of a judgment under the Brussels I Regulation (Regulation (EC) 44/2001).
His particular experience can be seen by clicking on the areas of practice shown below.